Why I’m Starting To Enjoy Contemporaries More

If any of you know me at all or even just follow me on bookstagram/twitter (anywhere honestly), you’ll soon enough find out that I’m just a fantasy type gal. I read it. I breathe it. I live it. FANTASY OKAY?

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So why am I starting to enjoy contemporaries more?

Cause of the exact same reason I’m not a contemporary reader, because these books are about people. Here on Earth. Not Hogwarts or Prythian. To me, that’s not fun. I’d prefer dragons, witches, gremlins and goblins any day of the week.

HERE’S THE THING THOUGH. There’s a saying that the people who don’t like to read just haven’t found the right book. I’ve just been reading typical contemporary romances + okay don’t hate me you contemporary lovers but a majority of them are like that. Just like how after a while some YA fantasy books can feel tedious.

So quite recently-ish (past year or so, so it’s not that recent I guess) there’s been a tidal wave of own voices and diverse novels that I’ve discovered through bookstagram and I am GLAD. Let me tell you I adore some of these books. They are raw and real and I can read about experiences that I may personally never experience, and I think it’s so damn important, because you always have to be mindful of that. Everyone experiences things differently and even just reading abut things like this brings me more awareness. Plus a lot of them are about really current issues, and some are just straight up adorable. What’s not to love? Also, how awesome is it to finally see yourself being represented in books. I’m Asian and getting to see someone who looks like me and lives their lives like I do is so wonderful.

Also yes there is discussion of important issues in other genres but for example, while it would/could be effectively used in a fantasy novel, the larger focus of the book would still probably be the magic system or so and so. (okay but that’s not saying that fantasy, historical fiction, sci-fi etc. books don’t deal with these topics well, because some really do)


So TL;DR I’m just super super late to the whole contemporary party oops?

(OKAY ALSO LET IT BE KNOWN, I’M STILL NEVER GOING TO CHOOSE IT OVER FANTASY, I JUST HAVE A BIGGER APPRECIATION FOR IT NOW)

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Talk To Me

What’s your favourite genre? Why? What’s your favourite book in that genre? Are you a fantasy lover like me? Do you agree with my thoughts? Let me know!

Also please recommend me some contemporaries if you have any favourites!


Until next time,

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  1. I’m honestly in the same situation- or, well, I was a few months ago. I used to be mad about fantasy and wouldn’t hear of anything else but then I realized how diverse contemporaries are now, and I was won over. Of course, I still adore fantasy, I just grew to love contemporary as well 💛
    Great post!

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  2. Fantasy all the way for me too! I just love learning about amazing worlds that people are able to create from their imagination! But I’m also really glad that you are starting to like contemporary as well, and the reason for it is great! There are so many new diverse contemporary reads that I can’t wait to start reading!

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  3. I relate to this so much. Fantasy’s my favorite genre too, but I’ve been reading a lot more contemporaries the last year or so. There’s just so many diverse new releases coming out and it’s amazing, in my opinion it’s breathing new life into the genre 🙂

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  4. I’m actually having the opposite thing happen to me! I’ve always gravitated towards contemporary but ever since I started reading regularly again I’ve been trying to get into other genres and I actually really enjoy fantasy now!! One of my favourite contemporaries are Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, and I also like Colleen Hoover books but I think it’s hit and miss with people. Either you love it or you don’t. Do you any fantasy books you can recommend me? 😊

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    1. Ooh I haven’t read anything by Morgan Matson, but that one’s on my TBR! I’ve only read one Colleen Hoover book actually. It was It Ends With Us and that was such an emotional and intense read. I honestly can’t stop thinking about it. I’d recommend the A Darker Shade of Magic series!

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  5. I’m actually more of a contemporary person, especially the ones that brings awareness to a certain topic or issue. But I really want to start getting to some more fantasy, I have a couple on my shelf but I just tend to pick contemporaries over fantasy. Though I do find it’s nice to sometimes step out of the comfort zone and read a different genre or pick up a book you wouldn’t usually go for as you never know if it will become a new favourite book! This was a great post!

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    1. Haha we’re quite the opposite then! I hope you read some really good ones. I really need to read more contemporaries this year. So far I’ve only read one I think oops.

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  6. Great post and I agree with you! There are so many good own voices and diverse novels that have been released recently. I’ve just read The Hate U Give which is incredible! Whilst I enjoy YA contemporary, I actually want to also read more fantasy books, like ACOTAR which is on my TBR.

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  7. I agree; I kind of used to dislike contemporaries, but I found a few select books, and they were really cute. And of course, the genre recently has been spawning more diversity, so I definitely think I’m going to check ’em out more in the future. Lovely post! 😀

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    1. I adore cute contemporaries. They’re super fun and easy to read, so I normally get through them really quickly! + Yeah, I’m so glad there’s been more diversity in contemporaries. Thank you!

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  8. Yes!! Bring on the contemporaries!! My faves are contemporary and magical realism, but I also have a big weakness for low fantasies (I think that’s what it’s called). I like it when a contemporary world clashes with something magical or different.

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  9. Wonderful post!! I’m loving this new wave of contemporary! I was never a fan of YA contemporary novels because they all seemed to follow the same pattern and were all about the same things and the same people. But I’m really enjoyed all the places that these new own voices novels are going.

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  10. I get what you mean about needing the right book to branch out. I don’t necessarily have a *favorite* genre per say. When I was a kid, I was more of a realistic fiction reader. then I hopped over to YA romance and YA urban fantasy in my teen years. Now that I’m an adult, I’m kind of all over the place: From all types of romance to contemporary fiction, “women’s” literature, nonfiction, memoir. If I were to pick one genre, I’d probably go with Romance because I love reading about second-chances. I think, at the end of the day, what’s really important for me is character development.

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    1. I absolutely love books with character development! I typically read a lot of YA fantasy and it’s my preferred genre, but I am trying to branch out a bit. I’ve been reading more classics lately, which I’m proud of!

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  11. This is such a good post. I’m all about YA fantasy/paranormal, too, but like mixing things up with good YA contemporaries (have you read A.S, King?) with diverse stories adding so much more to the YA reading world. I’m hoping to see more of a trend in contemporaries away from so much standard romance. There’s so much more to humans than girl-boy romantic love!

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    1. Thank you! I haven’t, I’ll definitely look her up! Yess, I so agree with that. I’m so glad the YA contemporary genre is becoming more diverse and I can’t wait to see what else comes out!

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