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Ten Feel-Good YA Contemporaries To Read In One Sitting {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi guys, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s all about books to read in one sitting.

Now, when I think about one-sitting reads, I think about feel-good YA contemporaries.

Because as much as I love fantasy, I usually try to pace myself a bit more while reading it and make it last. Contemporaries, on the other hand, depend on the subject matter. Heavy, dark contemporaries dealing with tough subjects take more time to read. Because they’re tough and I need time to arm my heart.

But fluffy, adorable, feel-good contemporaries? I INHALE READ THEM. So yes, the books most likely to be read in one sitting by me are the feel-good contemporaries. These are perfect reads for a self-care day. Get a blanket, snacks, drinks and anything else important within arms’ reach, settle in, and GO!

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon is my go-to feel-good read, so of course I had to start with this one. Get ready to have the hugest smile on your face after reading this cute story. Instant self-care!

PS I Like You by Kasie West


Really, any Kasie West would do. I chose P.S. I Like You because it has my favorite trope, quirky families and a love of music, which always warms my heart.

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

This book won’t only make you feel good, it’ll also make you want to pack your bag and leave on a backpacking trip around Europe right away. Perfect for when you want to get in a travel mood.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Oh hi, penpal romance, have I mentioned I love you lately? Because I do. Add friendship, waffles and a love of words and I’m sold!

How To Repair A Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis


How To Repair A Mechanical Heart is such a heart-warming and hilarious look into fandom life. It’s funny, it’s quirky, it’s unapologetically fangirly. It has so much heart. And it’s basically one big roadtrip. What’s not to love?

What Light by Jay Asher

What Light by Jay Asher

What Light is the perfect feel-good read if you want to get in the Christmassy mood. It has all the Christmas staples and could possible even make the Grinch want to decorate their Christmas tree.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Love letters that accidentally get sent out, sister love, pretend dating and LOTS OF FOOD. This book is super cute and perfect for a self-care inhale reading. (Warning: make sure you have some form of cake nearby. You’ll want it while reading.)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I think this is pretty much the classic YA contemporary romance out there and it is worth all the hype! If a boarding school romance, friends falling in love and a Paris setting rock your boat, then this is the book to read for you!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson’s books are usually a bit longer, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be read in one sitting. You can do it! Especially this one is one of my favorites, as it features friendship and LISTS!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is another contemporary YA (and adult) classic and especially her Fangirl is a favorite of mine. A relatable socially awkward heroine who loves Simon and Baz fanfiction, a lovable romance and a lot of heart make this a perfect feel-good read.

what are your go-to, feel-good, one-sitting reads?
Any favorites in this list?


  1. So many of these look fun! PS I Like You, Wanderlost and Tell Me three Things- and I loved Fangirl! that was a fun book.

    1. Fangirl will definitely always be one of my go-to books, I loved it so much 🙂

  2. I really enjoyed Anna and To all the boys as well 🙂 they were so adorable !

    1. They really were super adorable! Kind of want to re-read them now 🙂

  3. I’ve read most of the books of your list! I love tell me three things and P.S. Ilike you!

    1. Ah so happy you love Tell Me Three Things and PS I Like You – they’re some of my favorites 🙂

  4. What a lovely fun selection! I’m loving Mechanical Heart and Fangirl — it’s soo fun to see authors take on fandom!

    1. Thanks! Yes, I love seeing fandoms be represented in fiction – it’s usually hilarious but relatable 🙂

  5. Yay for feel good books! Totally with you on Simon and Fangirl, and I just bought Tell Me Three Things yesterday because it was $1.99 at Amazon. Can’t wait to read it after seeing your post 🙂

    1. Yay, that’s quite the deal! Hope you’ll enjoy Tell Me Three Things! 🙂

  6. Fluffy contemporaries are the best to read in a day!!! I had Tell Me Three Things on my list too. I know I read a bunch of these on your list really quickly too – Fangirl for sure. I read all her books super quick!! Great list!

    1. They really are 🙂 Tell Me Three Things and Fangirl were indeed hard to put down once I started 🙂

  7. I read Simon in one day too!! It was too good to put down. I REALLY need to read Fangirl.

    1. It really is! Before you know it, an entire book has passed! And then I’m sad that I read too fast and didn’t stretch it out more, but okay 🙂 Fangirl is so much fun too!

  8. I’ve read and loved a few of these! I agree with all of them too. Simon is a perfect read in one sitting book. I’m finally about to read To All the Boys. I’m excited!

    1. Oh, I loved To All The Boys, it was so cute 🙂 Hope you’ll enjoy!

  9. I LOVE a good Contemporary! I haven’t been reading as much of the happy ones lately, but I’ve read and LOVED a bunch on your list– Anna, To All the Boys, Fangirl. Tell Me Three Things (which I didn’t LOVE, but definitely LIKED). I really want to read Simon because I’ve heard so much good about it. And I feel like a bad Jay Asher fan for not having read What Light. I just wasn’t in the mood for it around Christmas time– and then afterwards it felt like it would be weird to read it??? Great list!! Thanks for stopping by mine 🙂

    1. I’m craving a fluffy contemporary every now and then, it’s like a nice little breather between the bigger fantasies or darker themes 🙂 Haha, I totally get your procrastination for What Light! I read it last month and it indeed felt really weird to read such a Christmassy book after Christmas 😉

  10. Kasie West is so easy to knock out in a day. I seriously love reading then because of that. I can sit down, enjoy the book and take it all in. Thanks for the post .

    1. Yes, Kasie West is the perfect choice if you want to finish a book in a day 🙂

  11. Nice list! Wanderlost sounds really good.

    Here is my TTT

    1. Thanks! Wanderlost is a lot of fun, hope you’ll enjoy it if you give it a try 🙂

  12. I haven’t read any of these but I definitely agree that a happy, fluffy book is perfect to read in one sitting!

    1. They are 🙂 It’s the perfect little breather in between reading epic fantasies or darker themes.

  13. Simon is a great book to read in one sitting. My TTT link

    1. Yes, it’s a feel-good, quick read that’ll have you smiling when finished 🙂

  14. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was on my list too. And I totally agree about Anna and the French Kiss. I devoured that book.

    1. Nothing beats the feeling of devouring a nice book I think 😉

  15. I have enjoyed so many of these books! 🙂 Contemporary is my favourite genre to inhale! 😉

    1. Yes, contemporary is just perfect for one-sitting inhale-reading 😉

  16. So many of these are on my TBR list! I’ve read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Fangirl but haven’t read any of the others yet. Great list!

    1. Thanks! To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Fangirl are some of my faves, hope you enjoyed them 🙂

  17. Tell Me Three Things – Yes!! The audiobook was such a great listen! Most of the books on my list are emotional thrillers, with the occasional rom com mixed in. They’re definitely a necessity between heavier subjects! Happy Reading 🙂

    1. Oh yes, I don’t read that many thrillers (I should definitely read more), but I think they’d also be PERFECT to read in one sitting 🙂

  18. Great list, Lindsey! <3 I really love all the choices you've made, and I bought Tell me Three things just this weekend, I can't wait to read it! 😀

    1. Thanks Marie! Ahh, I so hope you’ll enjoy Tell Me Three Things 🙂

  19. I haven’t read any of these but What Light is on my TBR, I’m saving it for Christmas.

    1. Haha yes, What Light is definitely a perfect Christmas read 🙂

  20. AHHA MOST OF THESE ARE MY FAVS! However, I recently read PS I like you and wasn’t the biggest fan because of how obvious the storyline was and how the characters were a little overdone, too stereotypical and not very easy to connect to. However on the other hand, I can see that was the whole point of it so not sure where I stand at the moment with Kasie West novels!

    1. AHH YAY! 🙂 And I totally understand your thoughts on PS I Like You and I agree – but I can’t help it, I still liked it 🙂 Kasie West books are kind of like my guilty pleasure read, even if I don’t feel all that guilty 😉

  21. *scrolls through list* *realizes I’ve wanted to read* *scrolls further* *recognizes ANOTHER book on perpetual TBR*

    SO many books on this list that I really want to read, Lindsey! Thanks for the reminder. 🙂 Cannot wait to read Morgan’s AND Jenny’s. Also, ‘Anna’ is my favorite. And I’ve probably said that already. 😉

    1. Haha, you’re welcome, always happy to help increase those TBRs 😉 Yay, Anna is really good! That reminds me it’s about time for a re-read!

  22. Omg great list Lindsey! I haven’t read a lot of books on this list, but hey I am working on it! *coughs* I looooved Fangirl though, it was so cute and JUST DOWNRIGHT ADORABLE.

    1. Thanks Prabhleen! OMG, yes Fangirl was so cute and adorable <3 Come to think of it, I think it's about time for a re-read ;)

  23. Simon and Fangirl are excellent reads! 🙂

    1. They are both amazing and adorable! <3

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