10 Books – A Perfect Blend of Modern and Contemporary

Indulge in the world of modern literature while dipping your toes in the contemporary genre. Explore the whole world of fiction with unique characters from the comfort of your home. Books are always a medium to travel into different worlds and enjoy the beauty around you from someone else’s eyes. Modern and contemporary genre throws a different light in the fiction category. Here are ten handpicked books from the modern and contemporary section of the shelves to entertain you and help your journey to the fantasy land.

  1. A Theatre for Dreamers: The Sunday Times bestseller by Polly Samson

Set in the early 1960s, this fictional novel portrays life on the Greek island of Hydra. It features the real-life characters who lived there, including Leonard Cohen, Charmian Clift, and George Johnston. Polly Samson wrote a story about an 18-year-old girl named Erica who runs away from her controlling father in London and starts to live on the Hydra island among artists’ colony.

Authored by Jenny Colgan, this novel revolves around two main characters, Lissa, and Cormac. Lissa is a nurse by profession, and after a traumatic incident at her work, she decides to swap her life with someone quiet in Scotland. Just out of the army, Cormac needs distraction and, therefore, shifts to London. Two people who are unhappy in their real lives try to swap it for something else. Will they be happy together?  Lissa and Cormac settle into their new lives but find something missing. What or who could it be?

Published on August 4, 2020, this adventurous novel was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Jeff Kinney wrote this book, a fictionalized story about Roland and his best friend, Garg the Barbarian. They leave the safety of their village and embark on a quest to save Roland’s mom from the White Warlock. With several hurdles and adventures on their way, will both Roland and Garg be able to survive?

A beautifully written extraordinary quest by Rachel Joyce is about two ordinary women who embark on an unlikely expedition to the South Seas. Margery Benson, a schoolteacher, resigns from her job to find an insect- the golden beetle of New Caledonia. She met Enid Pretty when she advertises for an assistant to accompany her. These two women find themselves drawn into a cross-ocean adventure and enjoy the transformative power of friendship on their journey- a journey of finding oneself while understanding the true meaning of friendship.

Dark and addictive, this is the compulsive new psychological thriller from Harriet Tyce. It is a story about a mother named Sadie, who is also a criminal barrister by profession. She has moved back to London and is trying to get her daughter settled in an exclusive school. Meanwhile, she is also trying to hold her position in her old legal chamber by solving a scandalous case involving a male teacher and his student. This book throws light on the tedious fight between professional and personal duties.

This novel, published in 2018, is written by American author Delia Owens. The story of this volume follows two timelines that slowly and astoundingly intertwine with each other. The first timeline is all about the life of an adventurous girl named Kya. She has grown up all alone in North Carolina when her family members leave her one by one. The second timeline follows a murder investigation of Chase Andrews, a local celebrity of Barkley Cove in the small town of North Carolina.

This epic and extraordinary novel of Danielle Steel takes the readers on a family odyssey that is both heartbreaking and inspiring. This novel is all about the love story of a family that has faced extreme social and political changes. It also includes a story of a particular wedding dress, made in Paris in 1928. It is the journey of the lives of four generations of women that have different hopes for themselves as they marry different men.

Authored by Jeanine Cummins, Lydia Quixano Pérez is the main character of this novel, who lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore and is the mother of her 8-year-old son, Lucas. Her husband is a journalist. Her life is comfortable till Javier, the jefe of the newest drug cartel, walks into her store. She is forced to escape to the United States with her son and finds out the real meaning of immigrant to a different country. She finds everyone to be running towards something in the new land but what.

Gabriela Ybarra authors this autobiographical novel. The Dinner Guest is a novel with the feel of documentary non-fiction. It is a story about an invisible guest who now and then appears, casts his shadow over the table, and erases one of those present. The first one to vanish was her grandfather, who the terrorists murdered, and years later, her mother died due to cancer. After some years, she decided to discover her family’s past.

  1. Grown-Ups by Marian Keyes

Written by Marian Keyes, the story of this novel is about a family, the Casey’s. Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful wives, and their kids live happily. But internally, while some people clash, other people like each other far too much. At Jonny’s birthday party, one remark prompted Ed’s wife Cara to spill out family secrets, leading the family to wonder if it’s time to grow up?


These books make the reader feel like watching a movie with lots of twists and good storylines. The storyline of the books will amaze you and may bring a change in your life too. Despite being fictional story novels, these books offer a significant load of experience and guidance.


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