43 Fiction Books For Your Reading List

So here’s my thing with fiction — I used to naively think reading it was a waste of time. For years I only read memoirs, biographies, and career/business books. I’m not really sure why I even started reading fiction but once I started I was hooked. I still read an equal amount of memoirs, biographies, and career/business books, but now I’ve also always got a fiction book going at the same time (yes, I’m almost always reading two or more books at the same time).

Once I really started reading fiction I realized that it’s actually the most difficult thing (for most people) to write. Because the author isn’t necessarily basing it on a real event that they have experienced so they can’t just go into their memory and write from it, no no, they literally have to research it and make it up, then check to make sure it’s believable.

When I read Gillian Flynn’s three books (starting with Gone Girl) I was like HOW IS SHE THINKING OF THESE THINGS!?! How in her brain did she come up with these twisted stories!?! It literally seems like the hardest thing to me. Who knows, maybe I’ll try it some day (all the fiction writers are laughing, like ya go ahead, try). Anytime I have a crazy dream I wake up and type it up so I can remember the weird details just in case I ever decide later to attempt to turn it into a story.

43 Fiction Books For Your Reading List

I think reading fiction makes you a better writer, being a good writer is hard. I went to school for journalism and I’m still not an amazing writer. I write like you are sitting next to me and we are having a conversation. The more I read, and the more I write, the better I get at it (I think/hope).

Recently, a few people have told me how much they love my book posts and they refer to them when they are at the bookstore! That made me so happy, I’m glad they are helpful! I know I’m always looking for book recommendations myself (please leave some in the comments!), so I wanted to put together a list of all the fiction books I’ve read in the past few years. Most of these books I liked, some I didn’t, but just because I didn’t like a book doesn’t mean you wouldn’t like it!

43 Fiction Books For Your Reading List


In alphabetical order for easy reference, here are 43 fiction books I’ve read:

A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway (my Hemingway order)

A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey (part fiction, part memoir)

All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (my thoughts on this book here)

Astonish Me, by Maggie Shipstead (my Astonish Me post, interview I did with the author, Maggie)

Big Little Lies, by Laine Moriarty

Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding

Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (post on Catching Fire)

Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn (post on Dark Places)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer (post on Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (thoughts on Gone Girl)

Good in Bed, by Jennifer Weiner

Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls (post on Half Broke Horses)

Home by Morning, by Alexis Harrington

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins (post on Mockingjay)

Night Fall, by Nelson DeMille (post on Night Fall)

Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight (my post on Reconstructing Amelia)

Seating Arrangements, by Maggie Shipstead (interview I did with Maggie)

Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn (post on Sharp Objects)

She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb

Star Island, by Carl Hiaasen

The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach (post on The Art of Fielding)

The Circle, by Dave Eggers (my thoughts on this book here)

The Devil Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger

The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green (my post on The Fault In Our Stars)

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (my thoughts on this book here)

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (post on The Hunger Games)

The Husband’s Secret, by Laine Moriarty (my post on The Husband’s Secret)

The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer (post on The Interestings)

The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair

The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold

The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain (the Hemingway order)

The Pilot’s Wife, by Anita Shreve (post on The Pilot’s Wife)

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd

The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway (the Hemingway order)

The Vacationers, by Emma Straub

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Where’d You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple (my post on Where’d You Go Bernadette)

Where the Heart Is, by Billie Letts

43 Fiction Books For Your Reading List

Please share with me some of your favorite fiction books so I can add them to my reading list!

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