These books were written for adults. They are divided into standalone books, series starters, and completed series and then further organized by general genres.

(Asterisks indicate the number of times I’ve reread the book or series and kept it on my favorites list.)

A black and white stack of books

Standalone Books


Carrie by Stephen King: adult fantastical horror


*Medea by Euripedes: adult mythological tragedy, set in ancient Greece

***Trifles by Susan Glaspell: adult historical drama


**Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky: adult historical thriller, set in Russia

*The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins: adult historical thriller


The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wrecker: adult historical fantasy, set partially in Poland and Syria, Jewish main character, Syrian main character

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab: adult romantic fantasy, bisexual main character, mentally ill Jewish main character, partially set in France

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: adult romantic fantasy


Doing Harm by Maya Dusenbery: adult nonfiction about misogyny in medicine

*From Girl to Goddess by Valerie Estelle Frankel: adult nonfiction about women in mythology and storytelling

*The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell: adult nonfiction about mythology and storytelling

I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brene Brown: adult nonfiction about self-confidence

Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath: adult nonfiction about notable women in history and folklore


*Emma by Jane Austen: adult historical romance

*Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: adult historical romance

*North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell: adult historical romance

***Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: adult historical romance

***The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne: adult historical

***Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: adult gothic historical

Series Starters


*Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: adult fantastical horror series starter, main character with mixed ethnic heritage


Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie: adult historical thriller series starter


The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin: adult apocalyptic sci-fi/fantasy series starter, Black main character, various diverse central characters

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent: adult dystopian fantasy series starter

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: adult fantasy series starter

Completed Series


Elemental Blessings by Sharon Shinn: adult romantic fantasy quartet

The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden: adult historical fantasy trilogy, set in Russia

Science Fiction

Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel: adult science fiction trilogy, set partially in Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican main character

Xenogenesis by Octavia Butler: adult post-apocalyptic science fiction trilogy, Black main character