Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books in a Modern Setting

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Books with a X Setting.” I’ve chosen to talk about my 6 of my favourite books in a modern day setting!

1. Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry (X)

A quartet chroniclizing the story of  four couples, McGarry takes us on a heart-warming adventure through high school with some troubled but adorable characters! I recently finished this series and I absolutely love its depictions of modern day teens and high school!

2. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (X)

This debut novel features the modern day descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Watson as Charlotte and Jamie as they must solve a murder mystery that they’ve been framed for. With an amazing friendship and many little homages to the original duo, A Study in Charlotte is an amazing start to a trilogy of crime-solving friends! I read this one back in March when it first came out and I was absolutely blown away with the characters and how much they suddenly meant to me. Definitely a must-read for Sherlock fans!

3. The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry (X)

Recent highschool graduate, Natalie Cleary, discovers a whole new alternate world to her very own small town in Kentucky. She meets a boy named Beau who completely changes her life. Set in modern times, Natalie must navigate her way through her new finding and set things straight once and for all. I absolutely loved this novel! I couldn’t get enough of its slightly altered modern world setting! The chemistry between the two characters was amazing and utterly heartbreaking. 

4. The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia (X)

In the event where her boyfriend was murdered, Frankie couldn’t remember anything at all. Looking for a fresh start, she moves to the local public highschool and tries to become the person she wants to be and meets some awesome friends who help her along the way. I received an ARC of this last month and OMG it was amazing! It really shows the grittiness of the modern world and how doing the bad thing once can make it insanely hard to get rid of. 

5. Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston (X)

This book deals with the aftermath of a raping that happens to Hermione Winters one summer during highschool. It’s such a strong and powerful novel that hits the bullseye on rape in our current society. I definitely recommend this book to all young people out there because of its powerful message about rape and how well it was dealt with throughout the novel. 

6. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (X)

Simon Spier is a sixteen year old who was at the wrong place at the wrong time and now his private emails to an anonymous friend named Blue and their sexual identities could be known to the whole school without their permission. In this diverse novel, Simon tries to find out who Blue is, without jeopardizing both their faces unwillingly to the entire school. I loved loved loved this novel with its great LGBTIA representation, and cute and funny characters! Definitely recommend it if you re looking for a light and diverse read!

Have you read any of these novels? What are some of your favourite novels that take place in a modern setting? I’d love to hear them!


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