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. ...more

Mexican Gothic
A Burning
You Exist Too Much
Blue Ticket
Broken People
The Lightness
We Came Here to Shine
The Margot Affair
Red Sky over Hawaii
Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars.
All Things Left Wild
The Rain Heron
Catherine House
The Paris Hours
When We Believed in Mermaids
The Testaments (The Handmaid's Tale, #2)
In An Instant
The Henna Artist
A Burning
The Lending Library
Sorry I Missed You
Dear Edward
Redhead by the Side of the Road
The Jetsetters
Golden Poppies
A Long Petal of the Sea
The Jane Austen Society
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëThe Man Without Qualities by Robert MusilThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerCrime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Best Literary Fiction
1,136 books — 1,391 voters

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Help by Kathryn StockettTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Smart Summer Reads
4,253 books — 4,729 voters
Life of Pi by Yann MartelThe God of Small Things by Arundhati RoyThe Remains of the Day by Kazuo IshiguroThe Blind Assassin by Margaret AtwoodMidnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Booker Prize Winners
56 books — 1,861 voters

Les Misérables by Victor HugoWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina by Leo TolstoyDon Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes SaavedraUlysses by James Joyce
The Great Classics You Have Not Read Yet
779 books — 1,764 voters
Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeWuthering Heights by Emily BrontëCrime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Best Books of the 19th Century
1,061 books — 6,319 voters

The Goldfinch
The Handmaid's Tale
The Great Gatsby
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Secret History
All the Light We Cannot See
The Catcher in the Rye
The Kite Runner
Never Let Me Go
Little Fires Everywhere
Life of Pi
A Little Life
Normal People

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