Monday, January 3, 2011

My 30 Contemp Books Challenge

So. I love contemporary YA fiction. So much so that I'm working on a contemporary YA manuscript. The process is slower than usual, but I'm loving it. 

Problem is, I haven't read much contemporary YA fiction. *blushes* 

That's why I'm going to make a resolution (the only one I think I'll manage to accomplish...): read at least 30 contemporary YA books this year. I'm calling it my 30 Contemp Books Challenge. As I read the books in my pile, I'll write their names here on my blog, right over on my sidebar somewhere, just to keep me focused on my goal. I will read those 30 books, dang it!!

So here's to reading awesome books in 2011. Hope you get your hands on a couple, too (be them contemp or not). 

Now tell me: is there a genre you're dying to explore this year?? Oh, and feel free to suggest me some books for my list!! Thanks!!

Reminder: Today's my day over @ the Operation Awesome blog, but I talked about the challenge, so you're covered. BUT if you want to salivate over a nice lil' picture of Robert Pattinson, then hop right over. Your welcome :D


  1. Anna and the French Kiss is MUST READ.

    Anything by John Green.

  2. Stop by my blog today! I'm talking about the best books I read in 2010! There are a few YA titles on my list!!! Good luck with your challenge!!

  3. Make sure to read Looking for Alaska.

  4. i don't read enough YA contemp books either. I've got Looking for Alaska to read though. I think I may have to start peeking at you list when you get going for ideas. :)

  5. Good luck with your list and enjoy the reads!!

    Take care

  6. I love love love contemp YA. It's what I write.

    Some books I recommend:
    Shift (Jennifer Bradbury), Twenty Boy Summer (Sarah Ockler), Willow (Julia Hoban), Does My Head Look Big in This? (Randa Abdel-Fattah), Saving Francesca (Melina Marchetta), Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (Peter Cameron), Artichoke's Heart (Suzanne Supplee), Some Girls Are (Courtney Summers), Secrets of Truth & Beauty (Megan Frazer), Shrinking Violet (Danielle Joseph), Struts & Frets (Jon Skovron), Sea (Heidi R. Kling)

    I could go on and on, but I won't. ;-)

  7. OMG, you are all incredible!!

    Erinn--I ordered ANNA yesterday!! It's on its way right now :D And John Green is awesome!

    Stephanie--We have similar tastes!! THE DUFF rocked my world, and I'm jotting down the other books on your list.

    Elena--I've read LOOKING FOR ALASKA, and am currently diving into PAPER TOWNS :D Such an amazing writer *sigh*

    Lindsay--Let me know if you need any recommendations!! I'll probably gush about the books in my emails, so please beware of my fangirling.

    Old Kitty--THANKS!!

    Jennifer--Um... I love you. Not just because you were nice enough to stop by my blog. But you also gave me the MOST AWESOME list ever. Yep. I have homework to do.

  8. I'm reading 110 books this year and I have several genres on my list. I have the required fantasy! But I also have some contemporary, horror, mystery and even some non-fiction books too!

    Good luck with the 30 book challenge. If you get a really good one, let me know and I'll add it to my list!