So… I noticed that Aila’s top 10 books of 2016 were all fantasy novels, so I decided to balance it out with my top 10 contemporary novels of 2016. As of today, I’ve read 196 books this year and 104 of them were contemporary. Here are my favourite ten! Not all of them were released in 2016 but I read all of these this year.
10. The Memory Book – My Review
This book is about a girl with a medical condition that is causing her to rapidly lose her memories. It’s an extremely emotional book and definitely made me ugly cry throughout most of it. The novel has some really great character development and relationships and I will remember this story for a long time to come.
9. Highly Illogical Behavior – My Review
There were many great books about agoraphobia this year but Highly Illogical Behavior stood out to me as one of the best. It’s an #ownvoices book and I found it to be extremely easy to read and connect with. I thought the characters in this book were brilliant and the friendship and family elements in the book were A+.
8. Eleanor & Park – My Review | Aila’s Review
It’s embarrassing that it took me so long to read this book but I ended up loving it. I loved the 1980s setting of the book and I really enjoyed Eleanor and Park as the main characters of the book. They were interesting and complex characters and there’s nothing I love more than a character-driven story.
7. Words in Deep Blue – My Review | Aila’s Review
This is my favourite Aussie YA novel of this year. It’s set in a second hand bookstore and I loved everything about it. It was so relatable and it’s impossible for me to resist any book that’s set in a bookstore. I absolutely loved the themes of friendship, grief and love in this book and I’ll be rereading this over and over for years to come!
6. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B – My Review
This was probably my favourite mental health book of this year. It’s a book about OCD and I thought the mental illness rep in this book was perfection. It was so realistic and I fell in love with all of the characters in the book. If you like character-driven stories, this is a must-read!
5. The Unexpected Everything – My Review | Jeann’s Review | Aila’s Review
I absolutely love Morgan Matson’s books and The Unexpected Everything did not disappoint at all. It’s not my favourite of her stories but I loved the characters and the romance in this book. Clark is probably one of my favourite contemporary love interests and I just wanted to hug him and never let go. He was so darn cute! Also, if you’re a dog person, you must read this book!
4. The Hating Game – My Review
This isn’t a YA novel, but it was so good that I had to mention it on this list. This is a debut novel and if you’re looking for a quick chick-lit book, you must pick this one up. It has one of my favourite romance tropes in it: hate to love. The romance is a bit slow burn but so, so satisfying.
3. The Sun is Also a Star – My Review
I loved Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon last year, but The Sun is Also a Star was even better for me. There was some instalove that I wasn’t a big fan of but I really enjoyed the rest of the novel. It’s an extremely quick read that’s set within one day and has two extremely likeable and relatable characters. I loved this book.
2. Second Chance Summer – My Review | Aila’s Review
This is probably my favourite Morgan Matson book. A lot of readers don’t really seem to like this one but I absolutely love the themes in it. It explores grief, friendship, family and romance in such a great and balanced way. And this one left me in a massive puddle of tears.
1. I’ll Meet You There – My Review
My favourite contemporary novel that I read this year is, without a doubt, I’ll Meet You There. There’s honestly nothing that I don’t like about it. The characters and the romance were top notch and I fell in love with them from the very start. There were also some great friendships in the book and it was just such a complete story. I love it so much!
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