#5OnMyTBR: Contemporaries

Hello Mondays, welcome back to #5OnMyTBR, a meme created by the wonderful E @ The Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. This bookish meme gets us to dig even further into our TBRs by simply posting about five books on our TBR! You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. You can find the full list of prompts (past and future) at the end of this post!

This week’s prompt is: Contemporary.

Well, contemporary is a pretty broad topic and because it was so broad I of course had a much harder time with coming up with a list 😂 I feel like I actually have a lot of contemporary books on my list, maybe more adult than YA, but I mean, when does a book stop being contemporary? Is there a timeline for that?

(sorry if that’s a silly question!)

After some thinking I decided to focus on adult contemporaries since I talk a lot more about YA/NA on my blog! Here are a few from my immediate TBR cart that I’m really hoping to read soon.

Confession: I’m intimidated by A Man Called Ove because it is so. incredibly. hyped! Everyone and their mum seem to love that book and yes, colour me intrigued, but it’s also making me hesitate to pick it up even more? I’m a weirdo. I don’t mind Scandinavian authors but sometimes the translations don’t work for me. Though I’m really hoping that I can hop on the band wagon and claim this as a hit, too!

I read LFE last year and loved it so I’m looking forward to picking up Ng’s debut: Everything I Never Told You. I’ve heard some mixed reviews about this and I’ve also tended to notice that those who loved LFE didn’t love EINTY and vice versa. Curious to see if it’ll be the same for me!

So… I still have yet to finish my first book by Tartt that I started during The Worst Slump Ever in February last year… Every time I pick the book back up I get flashbacks to that dark time… But I’ve heard that The Secret History is more enjoyable and faster paced than The Goldfinch so… Yay?

I was really excited to finally get my hands on Ask Again, Yes and my dad even surprised me when he randomly bought a signed first edition at an indie bookstore in Brooklyn when he was there last year. Bless him, he didn’t even know what he was buying 😂 I’ve heard some mixed reviews about it but I have a feeling I’ll end up enjoying this one 💙 I’ll be ready for the slow burn!

I wasn’t sure I wanted to read Such A Fun Age or not but when I saw it on sale during one of my quarantine-online-shopping-sprees (welp), I scooped it right up because… Why not? (welp some more, that logic)! I’ve seen some pretty decent reviews for it though, plus it was a Reese Witherspoon Sunshine Book Club pick, so I guess… I mean, I’ve enjoyed her picks before! 🤣


  • 04/05/2020 — Contemporary
  • 11/05/2020 — Superheros
  • 18/05/2020 — Unconventional format (e.g. text messages, emails, verse etc.)
  • 25/04/2020 — Blue Cover


  • 01/06/2020 — LGBTQ+ Main Character
  • 08/06/2020 — Pride Free Day
  • 15/06/2020 — Rainbow (on the cover, made from covers… be creative!)
  • 22/06/2020 — LGBTQ+ History (non-fiction or historical novels)
  • 29/06/2020 — LGBTQ+ Author

Have you read any of these contemporary books? When do you say a book stops being ‘contemporary’? Or are they always contemporary because they’ve already been classified in that genre?

11 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR: Contemporaries

  1. I think I may be the only person in the world that isn’t in love with A Man Called Ove. I tried reading it and just couldn’t get into it at all. 😞


  2. Great TBR! The Secret History is such a beautifully written novel, but it is still a slow burn so be prepared! Everything I Never Told You and Such A Fun Age were also ones I enjoyed, EINTY is very dark and sad, but it explores family dynamics and racial prejudice in a really accomplished way. Ask Again, Yes has just come up for me at the (digital) library, so I’m excited to read that one!


  3. All of these are also on my TBR, except Such a Fun Age which I read in December last year. It was very VERY good and such a fast-paced read as well, I hope you’ll read it soon, would love to see what you think of if. ❤


  4. A Man Called Ove was surprisingly good. I was a bit intimidated to read it it too, but ended up reading it for book club. I really enjoyed The Secret History but The Goldfinch is still my favourite book written by Donna Tartt. Hope you enjoy them when you finally get around to picking them up. 😉


  5. I haven’t read Ove yet, either. For the same reasons. Ha! But I’ve read the Beartown series by him and I enjoyed that. Everything I Never Told You and Such a Fun Age are both on my tbr, too. I’m one of the oddballs that didn’t love The Secret History, but I did love The Goldfinch. And I have read Ask Again, Yes, and really enjoyed it! But it is definitely more of a literary novel and not fast-paced. Happy Reading!!


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