Reading lists

Discover your next favorite book from a wide selection of topics including the best non-fiction books to read, essential fantasy, science fiction, dystopian, travel memoirs and more.

By Jessica Doyle
December 20, 2021
What makes a good book club book? We think the best book club books are the ones you keep thinking about long after you've turned the last page - the ones that make you ask every friend and family member, "Have you read...?" just so you can talk about it.
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By Jessica Doyle
November 30, 2021
Written for the stage but just as good a read as any novel, a plays book is a book that contains the script of one or more dramatic plays. This list of 15 plays books includes well-known classics like A Street car Named Desire and Twelve Angry Men alongside modern award-winners including Water by the Spoonful and Wit.
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By Jessica Doyle
November 29, 2021
In these 20 must-read Greek mythology books, classic Greek myths are reimagined and retold by the likes of Margaret Atwood, Madeline Miller, Stephen Fry, Ali Smith, Colm Tóibín and more. From Achilles and Odysseus to Penelope, Helen and Paris, these are the stories of gods, goddesses, and mortals as you've never heard them before.
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November 25, 2021
Books published by Black authors between 1850 and 1930 are rarely referenced in recommended reading lists and appear largely forgotten.Our list of 25 forgotten books by African American authors includes novels, memoirs, autobiographies, short stories and essays, poetry, and investigative journalism.
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By Jessica Doyle
November 08, 2021
The top fiction and non fiction books of 2021. Our top picks for the best books of the year include Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners, New York Times bestsellers, and many titles shortlisted for the year's big book awards.
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October 19, 2021
Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time high fantasy series is epic in more ways than one. There are 14 novels where Jordan creates an imaginary magical world in immense detail and introduces thousands of good and evil characters.
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October 18, 2021
Considered the most prestigious literary award in science fiction, the Hugo Award is awarded annually to the best science fiction or fantasy book from the previous year. Explore our list of every Hugo Award winner for best science fiction and fantasy novel dating back to 1953.
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October 01, 2021
Since 1996, the Women's Prize for Fiction has recognized and celebrated the best female writers around the world. Discover award-winning books from the likes of Zadie Smith, Carol Shields, Ali Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and more.
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By Richard Davies
September 20, 2021
“He who controls the spice controls the universe.” The Dune universe began in 1965 when Frank Herbert published Dune and changed the science fiction genre forever. This bestselling novel won the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1965 and the 1966 Hugo Award, and launched an epic series.
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September 14, 2021
The National Book Awards began in 1950 in New York City when The Man With the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren was named America’s premier piece of fiction from the previous year. Today, it’s the most important event on the American literary calendar and continues to recognize the best in American writing.
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August 30, 2021
AbeBooks analysed sales information from 2000 - 2015 and found The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey topped the list ahead of numerous critically acclaimed examples of classic literature.
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August 30, 2021
Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, the prince of darkness - call him what you will, but the devil is a such an intriguing force of evil that countless writers across many centuries have woven a devil, the devil or simply demonic themes into their work.
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August 24, 2021
Our list stretches between unabashed page-turners featuring spies, explosions and big finales to award-winning high-end literary fiction set in political circles where the drama comes from intricate details and metaphorical back-stabbing.
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By Beth Carswell
August 17, 2021
What is it that makes a book so captivating that we shirk obligations, risk papercuts, and forget basic necessities like food and water while lost in its pages?
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August 03, 2021
From an aspiring rapper with the odds stacked against her and a captain of mining ship, to a circus performer and a child-soldier - these aren't your ordinary teens. These teen books will take young readers on adventures that are out both out of this world and oddly familiar. Romance, fantasy, and drama - here are 15 spectacular books written just for teens (but sure to entice our adult readers, too).
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August 03, 2021
From modern day dating challenges like swiping right to time travel and a passionate hunt for a ruthless serial killer these top romance picks will keep you turning the page.
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July 29, 2021
Explore our selected new books and discover literature that has everyone talking. Find the latest and greatest bestselling books in fiction and non-fiction by famous authors and up-and-coming new literary stars.
July 28, 2021
It can be safely said that Jane Austen is one of the best-loved English authors of all time. Born December 16, 1775, Austen made a mark on the literary world with her romantic fiction set among the landed gentry in England.
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July 27, 2021
This selection of top books about leadership was carefully chosen from bestseller lists, Forbes, and even from the recommendations of Bill Gates and Barack Obama.
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July 27, 2021
The mythical, the magical, and the magnificent! Fairy tales are some of our earliest stories and for centuries, children and adults alike have pored over the tales of princes and princesses, beasts and fairies.
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July 27, 2021
From the 1936 Olympics in Berlin to the football fields of Odessa, Texas to the summit of Mt. Everest, here are 10 incredible stories detailing the greatest sports moments in history.
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July 27, 2021
What's not to love about love? In these 10 young adult romance books teens battle high school, illness, time travel (yes, time travel) and worst of all, love.
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By Julie Oreskovich
June 21, 2021
We've selected 10 YA books, 20 novels and 30 examples of non-fiction books, all about World War II, with the ability to inspire, educate and display humanity's remarkable ability to self-destruct.
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By Jessica Doyle
June 21, 2021
There's no shortage of fascinating true crime books out there - this list of the 50 best true crime books only scratches the surface. How many have you read?
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By Richard Davies
June 21, 2021
A good author should always suffer for his or her art. Well, the best travel writers suffer more than most, so perhaps that's why their books are so memorable. Here's our list of the best travel books to read.
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By Richard Davies
June 21, 2021
Books designed to improve one's self have been around for centuries and the genre, as we know it, began to take shape in the middle of the 19th century with a book aptly called "self-help" by a wonderfully named man called Samuel Smiles.
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By Richard Davies
June 21, 2021
This was a virtually impossible task. Put together a list of 50 must-read science fiction books and don’t make anyone angry. See our list of the best science fiction books to read.
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June 21, 2021
For seasoned poetry readers and those new to the genre, our list of 50 poetry book to read right now has something for everyone.
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June 21, 2021
Similar to our list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, this list of 50 non-fiction books contains recommendations you might actually read (if you haven't already). This curated list covers the gamut of non-fiction, from compelling war stories to key feminist texts, to unbelievable struggles for survival, to tales of life in the culinary trade.
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June 21, 2021
Think all mystery books are the same? Think again. Thrillers, suspense, crime novels - whatever you call them, mystery books make for some of the most exciting literature out there.
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