Breakfast at Tiffany’s // Contemporary Recommendations for 2019

Salutations, my fellow Wafflers! Today I have a very special treat for you…granted my whole blog is covered in waffles, which I think falls solidly under the “treat” category (but the literal kind instead of the figurative). In any case, today is going to be extra sugary, because the amazingly sweet Tiffany from Read by Tiffany is staging a takeover and sharing her most anticipated contemporary reads for 2019! *In my best announcer voice*  So, without further ado, let’s give a warm welcome to tonight’s guest speaker, Tiffany!

Hopefully you are a little bit more excited than Snape is in this GIF.

Hi, everyone! I’m so happy to be a guest on Kat’s blog today because we’re going to shout about one my favorite genres in all the world..contemporary books. 💖I was so honored when Kat asked me to come in and squeal about my most highly anticipated contemporary books for this year. (She called me a contemporary queen, and I just want to hug her so much for it 😭)

If you follow me on my blog, you might have already heard me fangirl about these books, but you can never give a book too much love right? 🙈 Get ready for your heart to melt because here are 10 fluffy books coming out this year that will make you go “AWW”

1. If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegmund-Broka

I absolutely loved Always Never Yours, and I cannot be more excited to read this book! Haven’t you ever wished your Shakespeare reading in high school was a little more fun? Well, look no further because If I’m Being Honest is a classic retelling of The Taming of the Shrew but with a modern twist. It has all the entertainment of Mean Girls with a romantic trope that never grows old. ☀ Also, the cover is pink, and the story is set in Los Angeles, so it’s basically me in book form.

2. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

If you didn’t know, 2019 is the Year of the Asian!! Basically, there’s a bunch of amazing book releases by Asian authors this year, and if you’re looking for a contemporary novel to add to your list, this is one you won’t want to miss. 😉 Somewhere Only We Know features a K-pop star protagonist and a night of friendship and romance. Maurene Goo always delivers on cuteness, so if the book cover itself wasn’t enough to convince you, go add it to your TBR!

3. You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC for this book, and let me tell you…it’s absolutely fantastic! The romance is too cute for words, and our protagonist, Ariel, goes through so much growth. As someone who faces a lot of self-placed academic pressure, I was really able to relate to the main character and his internal thoughts. ✏ You Asked For Perfect was a book that touched my heart, and I can’t recommend it enough!

4. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

It’s not summer, but there’s always time for a summer romance to lift your spirits. Hot Dog Girl is a coming-of-age queer romance, and if you’re looking for magic, self-discovery, and heart-warming friendships, this is the book for you. 🌭 It’s also set in an amusement park(!!) which means it’ll be all the more fun.

5. The Princess and The Fangirl by Ashley Poston

If you haven’t read Geekerella yet…what are you doing?! Get on it!! The Princess and The Fangirl is a retelling of The Prince and The Pauper, but it’s also a spinoff of Geekerella which is her Cinderella retelling. The main character is also a blogger, and this is a book that will appeal to our fandom hearts. 💖

6. Small Town Hearts by Lille Vale

Small Town Hearts

Three words: Coffee shop romance!! Small Town Hearts is also another summer romance, but if you’re looking for good food and good vibes, this is the book for you. ☕ This book started off on Wattpad, and as an OG Wattpad user, I have to shout about this book and give it all my support. While I personally haven’t had the chance to read it, all my wonderful blogging friends have said amazing things.

7. Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

Again, But Better

Christine from PolandBananasBOOKS was the first booktuber I ever watched, so it’s extremely exciting to see how far she’s grown. ✨ Also, this book cover is so adorable!! I feel like there aren’t many YA books set in college, so I’m excited to read this one as a college student myself. Again, But Better is a book about adventure and growth. I can tell there’s ties to Christine’s own life, so it makes the story seem so much more exciting.

8. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Serious Moonlight

I’ve only read one book by Jenn Bennett so far (Alex, Approximately), but I absolutely love it! Her writing flows beautifully and is very easy to read. 🌙 The romances are always filled with the cutest banter and interactions, but it’s also nicely balanced with strong development.

9. Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

There's Something About Sweetie

You already know that this book will be just as fun as its cover. 🍬 Something About Sweetie features Indian-American main characters and a fat protagonist. If you’re lactose intolerant, beware–Sandhya Menon never fails to write super cheesy romances.

10. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn

I Love You So Mochi

Puns, cherry blossoms, and romance. 🌸 Could you ask for anything more? This is the perfect finale book to this list because it also is set in Japan *coughcough Kat* It’s also a book of self-discovery, featuring a Japanese-American fashionista who travels to Japan and finds romance with a med student.

Thank you so much Kat for inviting me to guest post on your blog, and thank you so much for reading! 💕

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Hi, it’s me – Kat – again. And I just want to say: MY GOSH. SO MUCH SWEET, FLUFFINESS. I LOVE IT. I think my heart just melted like a popsicle in the sun and is now one sticky, gooey mess. Because of overexposure to cuteness rays.

If you didn’t go “Aawww” when reading about some of these books, you should question whether or not your heart is still functioning properly. Do you hate kittens and adorable cooing babies too? Or perhaps soft, happy stories just aren’t your thing. That’s cool too.

But internal organ liquefaction aside, thank you Tiffany for such a lovely guest appearance and for adding to our already unmanageable TBRs. As Auggie from the book, Wonder, said, “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.” So, to show our thanks, let’s give Tiffany the STANDING OVATION of a lifetime:

Balloons make everything better, don’t they? Also, the acrobats hanging from the ceiling were a nice touch.

Did any of these books catch your eye? Which ones and why?

Have you read any of these books already? What did you think of them?

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52 thoughts on “Breakfast at Tiffany’s // Contemporary Recommendations for 2019

  1. This is such a good list and I’m so excited for a lot of these!! If I’m Being Honest is one of my yearly most anticipated after how good Almost Never Yours was, and The Princess and The Fangirl looks so good. Totally agree about You Asked For Perfect!! And I have an arc of Serious Moonlight, and omg, the cover is so pretty.

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    1. Thanks so much for your thoughts, Elise! Didn’t Tiffany do such an amazing job???? I’m not even a big contemporary reader, BUT SHE IS MAKING ME CHANGE MY MIND! I’ve not read Almost Never Yours, but If I’m Being Honest looks so good and everybody keeps talking about how Almost Never Yours was amazing, SO WELP I’M CONVINCED. It’s been added to my tbr. Thanks again for reading 🙂

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  2. I am so ridiculously pumped for “You Asked for Perfect” and “The Princess and the Fangirl,” I literally cannot express it in words. Both are just so relatable to me. (Yes, hello, I’m a perfectionist and a sci-fi fangirl.) I especially can’t wait for TPatF – I love this new tradition of respecting and celebrating fan-culture and Geekerella is already my standing fave in that niche.

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    1. Geekerella was such a fun read, wasn’t it!?! I read it awhile ago, but I remember just feeling so fluffy and warm inside. Princess and the Fangirl looks like a great sequel (plus, there’s not nearly enough Prince and the Pauper retellings out there for my taste). It’s so cool that the author is spotlighting/celebrating a whole fan culture! Thanks so much for the lovely comment, Mae 🙂

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    1. DIDN’T TIFFANY DO SUCH A GREAT JOB??? I’m normally not a huge contemporary reader, BUT TIFFANY HAS CHANGED ME WITH THIS LIST. I’m pretty excited about Again, But Better too because there are not nearly enough books about college-aged people! Thanks for the lovely comment! 🙂

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  3. AHHH KAT!! THANK YOU SO MUCH ❤ I'm so happy you reached out to me for this collaboration because I honestly had so much fun working with you and putting this together 🙂 I can't wait for us to explore more books together, and I'm looking forward to more collaborations in the future!!

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    1. Isn’t this list just overwhelming in how amazing it is? Tiffany did a brilliant job putting it together for our reading pleasure 🙂 And yes, I agree that The Princess and the Fangirl looks super exciting! I am always ready for more fluffy happiness in my life haha 🙂

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    1. They aren’t usually what I read either, but this year I’ve challenged myself to read a few more books out of my comfort zone and this list was so helpful for that! I think the Princess and the Fangirl looks good too – I’m all for retellings 🙂


  4. I really want to read more contemporary books so I loved this post! Maurene Goo’s books are on my TBR! I loved Geekerella so I’m so excited for The Princess and The Fangirl!

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    1. I’m totally with you about wanting to read more contemporaries! I usually just stick with YA fantasy, but this year I’ve made a goal to try and read more books outside of that little bubble. I also enjoyed Geekerella (it was so fluffy and cute), so I’m going to try and pick up The Princess and the Fangirl as well! Thanks for the comment 🙂


  5. What a fantastic list, I love it SO much ❤ I am SO EXCITED for If I'm Being Honest, as I adored Always Never Yours so, very very much. I can't wait to read more from them! I'm also so curious about Hot Dog Girl, I love You So Mochi and YES YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT. This book was, well….. perfect haha. I loved it. ❤
    This is such a great post and I love your collaboration ❤

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    1. Between Tiffany and you talking about If I’m Being Honest, you’ve got me super pumped about it too! Plus, now I want to read Always Never Yours (I’m finally getting around to reading some contemporary! I’m so proud of myself!) Anyways, THANK YOU SO MUCHHHHH ❤

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  6. I’m so excited for If I’m Being Honest, Somewhere Only We Know, and Small Town Hearts. If I’m Being Honest sounds like I’ll enjoy it the most because it kind of reflects my personality. I’m extremely honest. Kind of TMI sometimes although not really with my family members. Everyone else is fair game. I’ve read one of Maurene Goo’s books before. Although it wasn’t perfect. It was very close. Small Town Hearts has food on the cover so enough said. Also, it’s in a small town. Yes, please! I’m curious about You Asked for Perfect. I’ll be sure to look out for your review (:

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    1. I just love this comment if I’M BEING HONEST bwahahaha (it’s a pun cause like…ohhhkay nevermind I’m gonna be quiet now). Anyways, I agree. Food on the cover always rockets up my desire to read a book. Because food. Who doesn’t love food???


  7. A COLLAB OF TWO LEGENDS! I’m so excited about this list AHHH. I’ve been meaning to read more contemporary for ages (fantasy is number one in my heart but I neeeed to branch out) and I 100% trust Tiffany with all the recs! Excuse me as I sprint to GR and add these all to my TBR💞

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    1. ACK I’M A LEGENDDDD???? *dies from overexposure to happiness* Seriously though, I get you. I’ve been saying that I’m going to read more contemporary since last year, and then every time I go to pick up a new book, GUESS WHAT MAGICALLY ENDS UP IN MY HAND???? YUP, YOU GUESSED IT. Another YA fantasy book. *face palm* Btw, we should totally buddy read something one of these days 🙂

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      1. YES OF COURSE YOU’RE A LEGEND. haha okay I can totally relate to attempting to read more contemporary but then ending up reading a bunch of fantasy books lol. They’re just tooooo good! And AHH YES we need to BR sometime for sure!! 💕

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  8. omg i seriously feel like this post is directed at me bc contemporaryathon round 4 is coming up and I AM IN DESPERATE NEED OF MORE CONTEMPORARIES and my goodness this list is incredible!! i pretty much need every book and i love this collab so much ❤ ❤

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  9. Excuse me whilst I scrape myself from the floor, I’ll probably forget to add these to my TBR but holy smokes I want to read like ALL of them right now. I seem to be drifting more towards contemporaries these days, with Paranormal/Fantasy taking a backseat for now *sniffs* a backseat but never forgotten but OMG TIFFANY ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL MY TBR AAAAAH

    I adored this collab between you both ❤

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