Monday, July 13, 2015

High Standards of Literature | Top Ten Must reads in Contemporary Adult ♥

Monday, July 13, 2015

High Standards of Literature is a new feature I created to share my top ten.. sometimes 15 favorite books in each genre.

Sometimes, I'll be doing honorably mentions as well that didn't make the list. Most of these are my all-time favorites and the books that have set the highest standard for me in literature.These are the exceptional books that will stay with me forever. (I'll also do updated lists but that might take a year or so). I have a lot of interesting ideas that go beyond genre later for this meme/feature so be on the look out :) I even got my younger brother hooked on this feature. I'm a very diverse reader, and I read a broad of genres and at least twenty books a month. Today's genre is Contemporary in Adult which is another one of my favorites. 

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini is a book I had read in my freshman year of high school and it has stayed my all time favorite book since. Yes, I actually have an all-time favorite book - It can be hard to choose, but I love this book. I have re-read it more than twenty times. The pages have creased and yellowed over time from a lot of reading, and I still adore this book. The author is one of my favorites as well - it's also a cross-cultural novel - based in Afghanistan. It's about two women Mariam and Laila who affect each other's lives. Mariam is forced to marry a man atleast TRIPLE her age & we see the hardships and trouble she faces later. The story is set in two parts, one from Mariam's perspective and one from Laila's perspective and how their lives are interconnected.
  • On The Island by Tracy Garvis-Graves is a phenomenal book on adventure, romance, and survival. Anna Emerson is the teacher of T.J Callahan who has cancer, their plane crashes when they're heading to Maldives and now they're stuck together and they must try to survive. The forbidden romance might seem taboo but I personally believe it's not because no laws or anything of teacher-student were broken. I loved the survival aspect of the story, and it was just so intriguing - this novel is wonderful, it's one of the cutest books out there. JUST READ IT.
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is a heartbreaking story that definitely can make you cry. Lou Clark is looking for a new job and she lands in Will Traynor's house - now Will has a disability. He is disabled from the neck down.. This book can make you laugh, and it can also make you cry. This is one of the best books I have ever read and it has one my most favorite romance's. It also has ordinary characters which I love, Lou is more on the chubby side. 
  • Glitter Baby by Susan Elizabeth Phillips has done well with this novel - this is the first novel I had ever read of her and it is one of my favorites. I have re-read this novel more then ten times and it's adorable. Fleur Savagar is the most beautiful woman in the world, everyone but to herself. Her cunning mother wants her to try movies instead of modeling. In New York, she meets Jake Koranda - Hollywood's hottest actor and bachelor. It's about an ugly duckling turned into a swan kind of romance, I love the character growth Fleur reaches in this novel - more for feminism. 
  • Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin is a wonderful novel - Peter Lake a poor man attempts to rob a mansion in New York that he believes is abandoned, little he is aware that the young daughter of the home is present. This begins an unforgettable love which creates an epic story.. I love this book and the movie, it makes you feel all kinds of feelings. 

  • Arranged by Catherine McKenzie is a novel about arrange marriage - Anna Blythe has a great life, good friends, and even a potential deal on her book but what lacking is a mutual healthy and stable relationship. She wants to share her life with someone and settle down, but all of her relationships have been unsuccessful. Tired of dating, she signs up for an arrange marriage service which helps her meets Jack. This novel has made me cry, and it does have ordinary characters in it. 
  • Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult is an LGBT novel and it is fantastic. I have re-read this novel atleast five times. It's written by one of my favorite authors whose books I always adore. This is much more than a romance novel, it's mentioned what happens what religious extremists try to do with homosexuals. Zoe meets a woman name Vanessa after an unsuccessful marriage - they want to have a child but they must have a court battle with Zoe's ex-husband Max who is religious. I love this novel, it brings out many great points and challenges homophobia and those who misuse religion. 
  • Wallbanger by Alice Clayton is a hilarious adult novel - this is often classified as New Adult, but it is not because the characters are adults who are not in college anymore. Caroline moves into her new apartment, and almost every night her neighbor seems to have adventures of his own which she is fed up since she cannot sleep or be at peace in her own home. I loved the tension between Caroline and Simon, the love hate relationship was adorable. This novel made me laugh, I loved Simon - one of the most genuine male leads out there - This is a light read which never fails to make me smile.
  • Becoming Rain by K.A Tucker is part of the author's new adult series - this is actually adult since the characters are not in college, it is not New Adult. This can be read as a standalone series, although the characters from the previous book do come as secondary characters in the novel which can spoil the previous book. I hated the author's previous series, but I happen to fall in love with this one. There's much less slut-shaming and less angst, and friendships are valued more. Over here undercover officer Clara takes upon the name Rain in order to bust a car theft ring, the catch? The owner's nephew seems to be in charge now who just happens to be gorgeous - READ IT.
  • I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella is a squeaky clean adult novel - the romance is clean, and it reminds me of young adult. Poppy has lost her engagement ring and she fears that if her fiance Magnus and his family finds out they will freak out. Soon, her phone is stolen and she temporarily finds a replacement phone in the .. trash. Now the owner of the phone in the trash is a businessman wants his phone back but Poppy refuses to give it back until she has find her ring.. which begins a tug of war. This was a light read and it has plenty of fluff in it.

Thank you for reading this! Have an amazing month of July - Leave your blog links in the comments & I'll be sure to check them out & drop by :) Stay in tuned pretty creatures.. 

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” —Nora Ephron 
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39 comments:

  1. I loved On the Island, Me Before You and Wallbanger. A Thousand Splendid Suns is on my TBR and I really want to get to. I will have to check out the rest on here - Great list!

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  2. Wallbanger and Becoming Rain are two of my favorites too! I need to check out the rest of these books. They all sound fantastic.

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    1. I'm glad you share similar tastes! :)

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  3. I've read three of these and loved them so I'm sure the others I would really like as well! Great list of books!

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    1. Thank you & I'm glad some of your favorites are on here :)

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  4. The only book on this list that I have read is A Thousand Splendid Suns. I loved it as well, but I think the book that does what this book does for you for me has to be The Kite Runner by him as well. Days after reading it, I couldn't get it out of my mind, and well, I still can;t.

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    1. I liked The Kite Runner as well, but this one impacted more strongly for me ♥ The movie of Kite runner was amazing though, and it had beautiful songs.

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  5. Thank you for these recs! I'm always looking to broaden my horizons. I've read a couple, like Kite Runner and Wallbanger, but will be sure to check out the rest.

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    1. Hope you enjoy the rest of the books too ♥

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  6. I love Wallbanger and Becoming Rain! I've been wanting to read, On the Island, because I've heard it's phenomenal! Thanks for this awesome post, and all of the great recommendations Benish!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. Omg On The Island was seriously so amazing, you're missing out!

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  7. I loved Me before You. I really want to read Wallbanger, not my normal style, but I read her Redhead book and I liked it
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. Wallbanger was sooo hilarious lol I still giggle even by reading the title.

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  8. Me Before You is a perennial favourite of mine. I can't recommend this book enough!

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    1. I agree, it's such a beautiful book ♥

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  9. Great list! I am going to have to check some of these out. I really want to read A Thousand Splendid Suns!

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    1. Hope you enjoy these as much as I have :)

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  10. So far, I have read only Wallbanger out of your list and I had fan with it :) Becoming Rain is also n my TBR. Thanks for other suggestions, Benish!

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    1. You welcome Lucia :) Hope you enjoy the other recommendations ♥

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  11. ohh, this is a fabulous feature! I don't read a lot of contemporary Adult books. Or, um, contemporary. bUT I WANT TO!! I just need to know where to start looking. SO YAY FOR THIS POST! xD I only read my first Jodie Picoult book last week and afjdskl I'm addicted and definitely want to try Sing You Home!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    1. Aw thanks Cait, I appreciate it :) Contemporary Adult novels are soooo good, almost all of Jodi Picoult's books are amazing.♥

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  12. I haven't actually read any of the books you mentioned - I have read another Picolti's books and loved it, so maybe I'll look into Sing You Home (LOVE that title).

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    1. I hope you really enjoy that one, it's such an amazing and powerful book ♥

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  13. The only book I have read from your list is Becoming Rain which was wonderful! I am definitely going to have to check out your other recommendations :-) I have heard great things about Wallbanger.

    Thank you for sharing Benish :-) I love this feature. Sharon – Obsession with Books

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    1. Wallbanger was really good as well - it was soo hilarious, lol one of the cutest Adult books out there ♥

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  14. Great post

    Love Vikee
    www.slavetofashion9771.blogspot.com

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  15. I'm thrilled to see Me Before You made it to your list Benish, that is like one of my all time favourite books, even though it totally broke my heart! I can't wait to read After You! I've also had On the Island for the longest time now, but have no clue as to why I haven't picked it up yet, I need to rectify this immediately!

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    1. I'm sooo glad you enjoyed Me Before You as well, it's one of the best books out there and I agree it broke my heart as well. I hear the sequel is coming out as well!

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  16. I forgot about On the Island! I wanted to read that. I'm adding it to my wishlist to remind me. And Me Before You is one I vow to read this year. Wallbanger and Becoming Rain ... yes, love them!

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    1. Me Before You & On the Island are beautiful novels, hope you enjoy them ♥

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  17. Awesome recs! I really want to read books by Sophie Kinsella and I checked out I've Got Your Number from the library. I really want to read Wallbanger too. I hear it's great. Nice picks!

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    1. Thank you Rachel! I hope you enjoy them. The books are so funny yet adorbs! ♥

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  18. A THOUSAND YESES TO A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS! This is one of my favourite books ever. Gosh I loved it so much because it really opened our eyes to women in Afghanistan and it really tore my heart open.

    Me Before You sounds so wonderful and cute!

    I love the sound of Glitter Baby and the romance and character growth. Yay for feminism!

    Wow, I haven't read a book about arranged marraige before, so thanks for sharing.

    I have Wallbanger on my wall (LOL) and I'm keen to pick it up because it sounds like a hoot!

    I loved Becoming Rain, a lot more than the previous book. It was such a beautiful romance.

    I'm really keen to pick up Sophie Kinsella's adult books after loving Finding Audrey.

    Thanks for sharing Benish, I'll have to pick some of these up!

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    1. Omgg yess I'm soo glad you loved A Thousand Splendid Suns as well, it's like my top all time favorite book out there. ♥ & LOL at wallbanger on the wall, it's hilarious and I really liked it. The plot seems silly but the actual romance was adorbs. Sophie Kinsella writes some of the best books out there! ♥ Hope you enjoy them Jeann xx

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  19. Oh some of these sound awesome, Arranged, Me Before You, Winter's Tale and Wallbanger have all found their way on to my TBR :) thank you for sharing!

    - Wattle @ Whimsical Nature

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    1. Aw, I really hope you do end up enjoying these reads. Me Before You and Winter's Tale are so heartbreaking.♥

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  20. I remember reading Wallbanger! Man, that book made me laugh uncontrollably!:) I was also pretty young when I read it, so I couldn't understand most of the innuendos, ( I read the whole novel without knowing what 'O' means:)) but I enjoyed it quite a lot!
    Since you have Glitter Baby up there, have you read Kiss an Angel? It's my favourite Susan Elizabeth Philips book and I adored the romance and characters in that story!

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