Contempor-May ☀️

Are you looking for a heart-stopping contemporary book to read this month, as the weather turns warmer and the sun shines through our open windows?

Well, look no further! I’ve done the heavy-lifting for you and have read 6 – count ‘em, 6! – contemporary novels in the last 2 weeks, and I’m here to recommend them to you. All 6 of these books are really great, and you’d do well to pick up any of them, but if I had to recommend my absolute favourites of the bunch, I’d go with I Owe You One, In Five Years and (the absolute frontrunner and my new faveee book evaaa!) You Deserve Each Other. 

So, what are you waiting for? Hop on your local bookstore’s website and PICK. THESE. UP!!!

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

OMG, I needed this book!!!

This has to be my favourite Kinsella book since I’ve Got Your Number! Yes, it was a departure for her in many ways as the romance took a bit of a backseat to the familial love story, but that’s what I appreciated about it. I adored Fixie, and even though I despised her siblings for most of the book, by the end, I liked and was rooting for them. 

Kinsella’s books have always been a solace to me ever since I picked up Shopaholic in high school as a reprieve from studying for senior exams. I Owe You One gave me the same fuzzy feelings, like curling up in a warm blanket, like coming home! 

❥❥❥❥❥ (out of 5)

The Spanish Promise by Karen Swan

While this isn’t my favourite Karen Swan book, fortunately, she can do no wrong. This novel was exciting and fast-paced (even if the morality of the characters was sometimes questionable), and while the parts about the Spanish Civil War weren’t my favourite, they were still interesting and clearly well-researched. Highly entertaining, for sure!

❥❥❥❥ (out of 5)

Expectation by Anna Hope

I have read all of Anna Hope’s books and have found each one to be beautifully and hauntingly written. This is no exception. 

Hannah’s narrative in particular was touching to me. As a new mother who became pregnant quite easily, I felt so emotional for Hannah and there were moments where my eyes filled with tears as I took in her experiences. 

This was well-written and moving and I would highly recommend it as a lovely Mother’s Day read/gift.

❥❥❥❥ (out of 5)

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

This book was a hard one for me, for reasons that I don’t want to discuss (ie- spoilers). Suffice it to say, though, that In Five Years was not at all what I was expecting…and I mean that in the best way possible! It was so much more profound than a typical “chick lit” novel, and it has solidified Rebecca Serle as an author I will return to again and again in the future. I loved The Dinner List when I read it early last year, but In Five Years felt so much more sophisticated, poignant and touching. Probably one of the best and most unique contemporary novels I’ll read this year, I’m calling it now.

❥❥❥❥❥ (out of 5)

Normal People by Sally Rooney

“Life is the thing you bring with you inside your own head.” 

I am perplexed by this novel, particularly the unresolved ending. I enjoyed Rooney’s writing style a lot and agree with many reviews I’ve read that it is hypnotic, but I don’t know that it was enough to make me love this book. A strange one for sure!

❥❥❥ (out of 5)

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

I asked my husband to sleep on the couch tonight so that me and this book could snuggle up together, undisturbed. I know he is my real-life Nicholas Benjamin Rosefield because, rather than feeling threatened by a work of literature that has clearly stolen a substantial piece of my heart, he actually agreed.

“We already know each other’s worst. We’ve battled right through it and come out the other side unbreakable. There will inevitably be arguments, concessions, and peace treaties drawn up in spilled blood, sweat, and tears. We’re going to have to choose each other, over and over, and be each other’s champion, never letting ourselves forget the good whenever we’re stuck in a patch of bad. It’s going to be work. But let me tell you something about Nicholas Benjamin Rosefield:

He’s worth it.”

❥❥❥❥❥ (out of 5)

xox

JNG

Girl with a Green Heart

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