33 Reader Approved, Highly Rated Fiction to Discover Now

Posted by Cybil on November 30, 2020


From independent presses, to tales in translation, to critical darlings and new debut novels, these books (all published in the U.S. this year) are nothing but gems just waiting for you to discover them! Plus, each one has at least a 4-star average rating from your fellow readers.

Be sure to add the books that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf.
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Jodie Ann Crossdale This is nice


message 2: by Celia Buell (new)

Celia Buell I have Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 and A Girl Is a Body of Water. Excited to read these.


message 3: by Geoff (new)

Geoff Miller Each has at least a four star rating? I'd like to think that your recommendations have more than that tbh.
They are certainly a fairly disparate, electic mixture but I do think there is an underlying theme, which is more about diversity than anything else?


message 4: by seo eun (new)

seo eun Lee I'm so happy to see Korean lit on this list


message 5: by Ben (new)

Ben I would prefer a list with books which had more ratings. it's easy for a book to get a high rating with a small amount of people rating it


message 6: by Robin (new)

Robin Young Would like to have seen Dhanmondi Road listed here. Has been very well received by many readers.


message 7: by Leonard (new)

Leonard Harris Trust No One by Russell Shaw.

A true account of London villains now deceased, who evaded the
judicial system, Four years in the writing. Brilliant.


message 8: by Jonna (new)

Jonna Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
I collect only those books that have deep meaning for me, this is one of them.


message 9: by Peacejanz (new)

Peacejanz Geoff wrote: "Each has at least a four star rating? I'd like to think that your recommendations have more than that tbh.
They are certainly a fairly disparate, electic mixture but I do think there is an underly..."


Thank goodness - we need more diversity training, reading, living in this country. I love it. peace, janz


message 10: by Heather (new)

Heather Pattie The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E.Schwab


message 11: by Tara (new)

Tara Sarah Minor's Bright Archive by Sarah Minor . Brilliant.


message 12: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer DeHeer Thank you, thank you. I’m now reading Tyll and it’s absolutely brilliant.


message 13: by Rizwan (new)

Rizwan Plzz any one can help me ...
“ two wrong dont meke right” could u plz explain this quotation with examples ..i have to deliver a speach on this topic


message 14: by Jodi (new)

Jodi Not sure why This Tilting World would be featured on a list of "Highly Rated Fiction". It's a Memoir, not fiction.


message 15: by Katsuro (last edited Dec 06, 2020 03:45PM) (new)

Katsuro Geoff wrote: "Each has at least a four star rating? I'd like to think that your recommendations have more than that tbh."

An average four-star rating is pretty hard to get. It's better than it might sound.

Geoff wrote: "I do think there is an underlying theme, which is more about diversity than anything else?"
I mean, if you go by which books are good then obviously the writers will be a diverse bunch. Some good writers are Japanese women. Others are Swedish men. And it's true that a minority of the books mentioned here discuss questions of race or gender (while most of them don't, as far as I can tell), but, well, those are eternal themes.

On a different note, is it just me, or is the grammar in the headline wrong? "33 highly rated fiction" doesn't seem right.


message 16: by Katsuro (last edited Dec 06, 2020 03:47PM) (new)

Katsuro Rizwan wrote: "Plzz any one can help me ...
“ two wrong dont meke right” could u plz explain this quotation with examples ..i have to deliver a speach on this topic"


Well, no, we won't. This is a place to discuss books, not to ask people to spend their time doing your homework for you for free.


message 17: by patty (new)

patty Rizwan wrote: "Plzz any one can help me ...
“ two wrong dont meke right” could u plz explain this quotation with examples ..i have to deliver a speach on this topic"


It's like 'an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.' If someone does something wrong to you you shouldn't retaliate because it won't make you feel better and good things won't come of it. Now you can think of some examples :)


message 18: by Elfreda (new)

Elfreda Katsuro wrote: "Rizwan wrote: "Plzz any one can help me ...
“ two wrong dont meke right” could u plz explain this quotation with examples ..i have to deliver a speach on this topic"

Well, no, we won't. This is a..."


This is a bit unnecessary. If you don't want to help, just scroll on. No need to be mean about it.


message 19: by Katsuro (last edited Dec 07, 2020 06:17AM) (new)

Katsuro Elfreda wrote: "This is a bit unnecessary. If you don't want to help, just scroll on. No need to be mean about it."
My tone was a bit too harsh, that's true, and I apologize for that.

But I don't think there's anything wrong in itself with telling somebody that they can't ask other people to do their homework for them. Asking for an explanation of the saying is one thing, but asking for the explanation to be supplied with quotes is going too far when it comes to something you're supposed to do yourself.


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