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

Transcendent Kingdom
Fifty Words for Rain
Homeland Elegies
His Only Wife
What Are You Going Through
A Girl Is a Body of Water
The Invention of Sound
The Harpy
The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux
The Awkward Black Man
Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind
The Book of Two Ways
Transcendent Kingdom
The Last Correspondent
The Testaments (The Handmaid's Tale, #2)
The Henna Artist
In an Instant
Dear Edward
Redhead by the Side of the Road
Honeysuckle Season
One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow
The Silence
Millicent Glenn's Last Wish
The Girl with the Louding Voice
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëThe Man Without Qualities by Robert MusilCrime and Punishment by Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Best Literary Fiction
1,286 books — 1,495 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
782 books — 1,765 voters

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakCatch-22 by Joseph HellerSlaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrAtonement by Ian McEwan
World War II Fiction
1,016 books — 2,016 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
4,328 books — 5,071 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
55 books — 1,864 voters

The Goldfinch
The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Great Gatsby
The Secret History
All the Light We Cannot See
Little Fires Everywhere
The Catcher in the Rye
The Kite Runner
Never Let Me Go
A Little Life
Normal People
Life of Pi

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