Literary Fiction

Literary fiction is a term that has come into common usage in the early 1960s. The term is principally used to distinguish "serious fiction" which is a work that claims to hold literary merit, in comparison from genre fiction and popular fiction. The name literature is sometimes used for this genre, although it can also refer to a broader category of writing.

Heroes of the Frontier
Here Comes the Sun
The House at the Edge of Night
The Unseen World
Listen to Me
How to Set a Fire and Why: A Novel
The Summer that Melted Everything
The Heavenly Table
Break in Case of Emergency: A novel
Leaving Lucy Pear
The Tidal Zone
I Am No One
The Runaway Wife
The Imperial Wife
All the Light We Cannot See
When I'm Gone
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
Go Set a Watchman
My Name Is Lucy Barton
Insidious (FBI Thriller, #20)
Our Souls at Night
Here's to Us
Another Brooklyn
The Little Paris Bookshop
Circling the Sun
Wench by Dolen Perkins-ValdezPerfect Peace by Daniel Black32 Candles by Ernessa T. CarterThe Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. DurrowBefore You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans
2010's Best African American Literature
19 books — 143 voters
The Goldfinch by Donna TarttAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrThe Invention of Wings by Sue Monk KiddThe Circle by Dave EggersThe Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Man Booker Prize Eligible 2014
165 books — 690 voters

A Little Life by Hanya YanagiharaA God in Ruins by Kate AtkinsonThe Buried Giant by Kazuo IshiguroGo Set a Watchman by Harper LeeThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Anticipated 2015 Literary Fiction
200 books — 537 voters
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsThe Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar WildeThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferA Midsummer Night's Dream by William ShakespeareThree Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
Best Lighthearted Literature
311 books — 348 voters

Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past by Paul CudeCrashing Back Down by Kristen Hope MazzolaThe Fairfax Fix by Dorothy May MercerTaken By The Huntsman by Mistral DawnIrradiance by David Bruns
Indie Writers Unite!
692 books — 720 voters
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz ZafónThe Name of the Rose by Umberto EcoThe Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg LarssonAnd Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Best Literary Mysteries
1,067 books — 2,388 voters

The Great Gatsby
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Goldfinch
The Handmaid's Tale
Life of Pi
The Catcher in the Rye
The Kite Runner
All the Light We Cannot See
Never Let Me Go
The Secret History
The Road
Lord of the Flies

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Henry Fielding
No one hath seen beauty in its highest lustre who hath never seen it in distress.
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There's a but, isn't there?" said Coraline. "I can feel it. Like a rain cloud.
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