As you (probably don’t) know, one goal I had when starting this blog was to feature recommendation lists for people seeking new books to read within different topics. Top Ten Tuesday kind of took over for this area for me, which is perfect, but sometimes I like to create my own. The Contemporary Romance Challenge hosts a monthly topic to partake in.
Past topics this year: Anticipated Early ’16 Romances • Recs for Newbies • Favorite Tropes
Here’s April’s topic:
Favorite Romances EVER
Ummm, come on guys this is like impossible for the girl who reads 50% contemporary romance each year out of my reading total. I’m going to keep this very basic with some that I always recommend, no matter what. Sigh, the swooooons…
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid • Yep, I shipped them immediately and wished throughout the entire book that they would get back together in the end.
The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase • Huge fan of this book in general, but I really loved the second chance romance element. That always gets me!
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid • Not sorry that TJR is here twice. I loved the friendship in this book even more than the romance, but I actually loved the way this ended. View Spoiler »Because the book features two different timelines, she ends up with two different guys. I just loved how different this was from most romances and parallel life books! « Hide SpoilerAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins • I know that a lot of people obviously love this book (myself included) but don’t agree with how the romance happened. It just never bothered me that much and I ship Anna x St. Clair too much to care.
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord • While Reagan was tough to get along with sometimes, Matt Finch had my heart the entire time. I looooove him. Book boyfriend #1.
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord • Again, not sorry for a duplicate author: this book was fantastic and had great friendships, too. I just loved the romance. Max <3
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway • Childhood best friend returns after years away? Hell fucking yes. This book was glorious and I love Emmy x Oliver together foooorever.
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West • This hate-to-love, forbidden romance was utterly filled with banter and sarcasm. I loved these two so much and need to reread ASAP.
Just One Day by Gayle Forman • One could argue that instalove is at play (even just from the title alone) but this duology didn’t make me feel that way. Sigh, the swoons.
The Score by Elle Kennedy • I have to toss this one on here as the lone NA romance. I loved Dean x Allie more than any of the other couples in this series. Gimme more.
I love lists 🙂 I can’t wait to read After I Do. Loved Maybe in Another Life. Anna and Emmy & Oliver are two I love. I have The Start Of Me and You and just need to get to it. I will have to check out The One That Got Away. Great list!!
AH I hope you love it too! Thanks! Judging from the more adult fiction you read, I think you’d really enjoy The One That Got Away.
i love reading lists! they’re much easier to get through because they’re so simple 😀 I agree with Anna and The French Kiss, it’s just so cute and fluffy! I haven’t read anything by Emily Lord, even though everyone seems to be raving about her books! That’s something I plan to fix this year though 😀
Thanks! I loved ANNA. I need to reread it soon! Maybe this summer. Emery Lord is fantastic, I’d highly highly recommend her books!
A few of those are my favorites too: Emmy & Oliver and Maybe in another life. I adored both of those. I recently purchased After I Do because there was a sale and I am excited to read that one. Great list.
YAY! So glad. Hope you love After I Do!
It may please you to know that I’ve read all the books on this list save one (The Distance Between Us) and that I loved a whole bunch of them! (Pretty sure they were mostly 4 and 5 star reads for me.) Love this list of contemporary recs!