I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I have been reaching for the adult contemporary fiction books lately. I always used to add them to my TBR based on some of my favorite bloggers’ recs but I would never actually sit and read them. (Evidence of this? Since the last version of this post, I read a whopping ZERO of the books I highlighted, so please come punch me in the face.) Here are some adult fiction books I plan to read sometime!
The Antiques by Kris D’Agostino /// The plot feels very similar to Reunion, but I hope it turns out a little better for me! I love learning about the different family dynamics and drama that happens when people reunite. I almost picked it up at the library a few weeks ago but I had a bad feeling it’d sit there unread.
Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan /// This title is a tongue twister, lol. This is a very love triangley book but I like the sound of it! Sometimes you can’t help how you feel about people and this book seems to explore what happens when certain lines get crossed.
The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner /// I love books set on Cape Cod, so this book has that going for it right off the bat. When the MC’s life starts falling apart, a woman who is apparently her half-sister whisks her away to a B&B on the Cape. She meets new family members and reexamines her life.
The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder /// This cover is soooo cute. I love the font and colors and cake! Again, this is one of those family reunion kind of books I love so much. It takes place at a wedding (which is different than others I’ve read) and seems like it’d be right up my alley.
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn /// For some reason I’m also drawn to this cover, even if it is simple and messy at the same time. It also makes me want a nap. Anyways! It’s about a couple that decides to try out an open marriage for six months. This concept always intrigues me.
The Young Widower’s Handbook by Tom McAllister /// I love when books explore relationships and highlight the past intermixed with the present. A young widower takes his wife’s ashes on a journey because the two of them always meant to travel together.
‘Round Midnight by Laura McBride /// Literally putting the word “interconnected” in a synopsis makes me add it to my TBR. I love when random people’s lives connect; in this case, they’re connected over time. Four women’s lives are changed in a Las Vegas casino, so this book explores those moments and people.
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead /// I was drawn to this book by the cover and this one sounds vaguely similar, but probably crazier, than the other wedding-oriented book above. Family dynamics, wedding, infidelity… all sorts of wild topics. I’m still on the fence for this one though.
Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore /// I don’t read many adult mysteries because it’s just a genre that doesn’t appeal to me much. This book is an exception, clearly. It reminds me of Even In Paradise except the characters are older and the mysteries are way more intense.
The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable /// This cover is so cute and I NEED THAT BIKE. Much like Cape Cod does, the Nantucket location of this one drew me in right away. I love that the setting is described as a house of women. It seems like there will be some connected stories and characters.
Always by Sarah Jio /// Alternating between past and present is a favorite of mine. I love that this woman is engaged and happy, then discovers the previous love of her life is homeless and back in town. She has to grapple with major decisions while helping the man she used to love.
The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson /// This book is very odd, as it marries a dream life with reality and is technically historical fiction. I’m not sure what to make of it but it seriously intrigues me. I’m also curious about the title and cover. Is it about books at all?! If so, gimme.
Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders by Julianna Baggott /// Books about books with books on the cover! I love it. This book also connects people across generations. The women in one family try to track down the final book by the family matriarch because she hit a secret in the volume before dying.
Good as Gone by Amy Gentry /// Again, a rare sight – adult mystery. I’m always intrigued by people who disappear (hence my addiction to similar podcasts too) so this book had to be added to my TBR. When a girl disappears then returns to her family, the mother investigates if it’s actually her.
Pretty Little World by Elizabeth LaBan and Melissa DePino /// I’ve seen mixed reviews on this one but the concept intrigues me. Multiple families on a “cozy” street decide to knock their walls down and all live together. The lines become blurred as they deal with their relationships.