Adult Fiction Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

I talk a lot about young adult books, which I absolutely love, but I also read adult fiction too and I feel like I don’t give that section of books enough love.

So today, I’m going to highlight adult fiction books I love. Now, I am pretty new to the adult fiction world, so some of these may be well-known favorites. If you have any recommendations for books I should read next based on these, please let me know! I’m always looking for more recommendations!


The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Published: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 533

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles…


The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood
Published: February 11, 2020
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 464

What if you knew how and when you will die?

Csorwe does — she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice…


Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Published: September 10, 2019
Publisher: Tor
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Pages: 448

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit…


Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Published: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Pages: 371

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates–brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong…

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1984 by George Orwell
Published: June 8, 1949
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Pages: 237

Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff’s attempt to find individuality…


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Published: January 1, 1818
Publisher: Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Marvor & Jones
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Pages: 288

Mary Shelley’s seminal novel of the scientist whose creation becomes a monster

This edition is the original 1818 text, which preserves the hard-hitting and politically charged aspects of Shelley’s original writing, as well as her unflinching wit and strong female voice…

Yeah, my list of adult fantasy is limited, but I hope to change that soon and read more soon! I picked up a couple adult fiction novels on my latest trip to Barnes & Noble and I’m really excited to read them.

I also wanted to throw in a few classics because while I’m sure everyone knows the story of Frankenstein and his Monster, how many have actually read the original book? I read it in eighth grade and loved it and same with Orwell’s 1984 – I read that in my sophomore year of high school and found it really thought provoking. Though each have their own issues due to the time they were written, I felt like they’re both great books that everyone should enjoy and take fair warning from.

PLEASE let me know if you have any adult fantasy recommendations! I feel like I only read the super popular ones and want to find more niche books that maybe I would look over or haven’t heard of before.


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