Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story is a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood and in which character change is thus extremely important.

The Catcher in the Rye
To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird, #1)
Jane Eyre
Great Expectations
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
The Goldfinch
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Adventures of Tom and Huck, #2)
The Outsiders
Little Women
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Kite Runner
David Copperfield
Never Let Me Go
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerThe Harry Potter Collection 1-4 by J.K. RowlingThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Coming of Age Books for Adult Readers
186 books — 433 voters
Little Women by Louisa May AlcottCirce by Madeline MillerJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen ChboskyI Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Popsugar 2020 - A Bildungsroman
102 books — 153 voters

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerSiddhartha by Hermann HesseThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainHarry Potter Series Box Set by J.K. Rowling
Best Bildungsroman book
293 books — 298 voters

Freaks I've Met by Donald JansMagic America by C.E. MedfordWood, Talc and Mr. J by Chris   RoseMusic From Standing Waves by Johanna CravenSwerve by Jim Lindsay
Coming of Age Tales
94 books — 72 voters
Little Women by Louisa May AlcottThe Mill on the Floss by George EliotJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëI Capture the Castle by Dodie SmithTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Female Bildungsromane
121 books — 25 voters

Katie Neipris
After months of separation her friends still catalyzed her thoughts and challenged her opinions and wrangled with her emotions, and she was relieved to see that they still slid into the familiar patterns, the comfortable ruts of long-established personalities. It was nice but it also worried her. Could there be room for growth? How could you change around the people that knew you best, who knew you backwards and forwards and knew you so well that they defined themselves by you and you by them? ...more
Katie Neipris, The Inconvenient Process of Falling

Barry N. Malzberg
Inevitably, his vision verged toward the fantastic; he published a scattering of stories - most included in this volume - which appeared to conform to that genre at least to the degree that the fuller part of his vision could be seen as "mysteries." For Woolrich it all was fantastic; the clock in the tower, hand in the glove, out of control vehicle, errant gunshot which destroyed; whether destructive coincidence was masked in the "naturalistic" or the "incredible" was all pretty much the same to ...more
Barry N. Malzberg, The Fantastic Stories of Cornell Woolrich

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