Typically, when I read, I choose non-fiction books so I can learn something new. If I do choose to read fiction it is usually a romance novel, possibly historical fiction, bonus points if it’s a historical romance novel.
I’m in the middle of my Master’s degree program, so this year I decided to challenge myself to read more fiction to ensure that I was making leisure and relaxation a priority.
Since I was challenging myself to read more fiction, I figured I’d also challenge myself to read different types of fiction to see if I might discover some new genres that I enjoy beyond historical and romance.
I hopped onto Goodreads and discovered their list of different genres. I decided to try to read at least one book from each genre* this year. Because my overall goal is to read more fiction, I’m doing my best to try to find a fiction book in each genre (Art Fiction vs. Art Non-Fiction). However, not every genre has fiction options (i.e. Business). For this reason and the fact that I can’t help myself from reading non-fiction, there are still plenty of non-fiction books on the list below. Also, a ridiculous amount of romance because that is my guilty pleasure when I’m stressed (and if you haven’t been extra stressed in 2020 are you even alive?)
I hope this list inspires you to find your next great book to read!
IMPORTANT NOTE: I don’t recommend every book on this list to every reader. Some books and topics on this list will be offensive to some. You do you. My goal this year was to read a very diverse mix of books to expand my reading exposure and open my eyes to different experiences, lives, and beliefs.
*I’m completely skipping a couple of genres listed on Goodreads because I have zero interest in Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga. And Cookbooks aren’t really books you can read.
**Most books can fall into more than one genre, I’ve placed them in the genre that best fits the overall list, and that fits the genre I was aiming for when I selected the book.
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Night by Elie Wiesel
Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin
Love Does for Kids by Bob Goff
100 Days to Brave: Devotions for Unlocking Your Most Courageous Self by Annie F. Downs
Christian Coaching: Helping Others Turn Potential into Reality by Gary R. Collins
Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad by John Eldredge
Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You by Jen Hatmaker
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Gay and Lesbian
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Simon vs. the Homo Sapies Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
World Without End by Ken Follett
An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Humor and Comedy
Bridget Jone’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal by Mark A Yarhouse (required textbook reading)
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer
God and the Art of Happiness by Ellen Charry
Playing the Odds by Nora Roberts
Tempting Fate by Nora Roberts
All the Possibilities by Nora Roberts
One Man’s Art by Nora Roberts
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
For Now, Forever by Nora Roberts
Rebellion by Nora Roberts
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Divergent by Veronica Roth