The Ultimate List of Fiction Books You Should Read At Least Once in Your Life

Finding the next “good read” is never easy. Sometimes you want to read something in your genre. Other times you want to read something that’s completely different. Sometimes you have no clue what you want to read. No matter what “reading” mood you’re in, This is Writing has got you covered with in-depth book recommendation list.

Below you will find the top book recommendations from the five major genres of fiction. You can choose to browse an entire genre (like romance) or you can get super specific with sub-genres (like the Top 5 Reads in Chick Lit). If you need a quick recommendation for a fiction book, you can probably get started with one of the books from these set of booklists.​ Now get reading!


For those who enjoy reading novels that are filled with thrills, mystery and suspense, here are five novels by some of the best-selling authors of the genre. These books are full of dark characters and their even darker secrets. These novels offer chills and the inability to put the book down.​

Action Book Recommendations

This book recommendation list showcases books that are filled with action. Many are about characters facing antagonists who are psychopaths and murders. They face great dangers as they fight to save themselves and others...

Top Comic Thriller Book

For those who love thriller, who enjoy the mystery and sling crawling thrill but also enjoy comedy this list is full of great books for you. They are full of exciting mysteries and murder as well as each finding a way to be filled with hilarity.

Best Conspiracy Books

For this list, I have pulled together six great conspiracy novels. These books are written by some of the top authors in this genre, many of them have written many other books around these themes of suspense, thriller, politics and secrets and the conspiracies that drive them.​

Disaster Book Recommendations​

These disaster stories are filled with survival, horrific destruction and coming together in the worst of times. These stories are both fiction and non-fiction covering disasters like hurricanes, volcanoes, and changes in the rules of the earth itself. All of these books were written by magnificent authors, creating an array of interesting, emotional and often terrifying stories.​

​Best Eco-Thriller Book Recommendations

These books tell stories of the environment collapsing, strange turns in the very rules of how the world should work and each with a secret to why it is happening and who is behind it. These authors have created fantastic problems for their heroes to face with the fate of humanity as the stakes. These books are exciting, intriguing, exhilarating and deadly.​

  • Erotic Thriller Book Recommendations
  • Espionage Book Recommendations
  • Forensic Thriller Book Recommendations
  • Historical Thriller Book Recommendations
  • Horror Thriller Book Recommendations
  • Legal Thriller Book Recommendations
  • Medical Thriller Book Recommendations
  • Military Thriller Book Recommendations
  • Political Thriller Book Recommendations
  • Psychological Thrillers
  • Romantic Thrillers
  • Supernatural Thrillers
  • Technological Thillers


  • Chick-Lit
  • Christian Romance
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Erotica
  • Glitz/Glamor
  • Historical romance
  • Multicultural romance
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Romantic Mystery
  • Sensual Fiction
  • Spicy Romance
  • Sweet Romance
  • Young Adult Romance


  • Alternate History Books
  • Biopunk Books
  • Comic Science Fiction
  • Cyberpunk Books
  • Dystopian Books
  • Erotic Science Fiction
  • Hard Science Fiction Books

25 Best Selling Historical Fiction Books You Need to Read

  • Mundane SF
  • Military SF
  • Mystery SF
  • New Age Book Recommendations
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Social SF
  • Soft SF
  • Spy-Fi

16 Steampunk Books You Have To Read

  • Thriller SF
  • Young Adult Science Fiction


Our recommendations of exciting books from some of our favourite fantasy authors.​

  • Arthurian Fantasy
  • Bangsian Fantasy
  • Children’s Fantasy
  • Comic Fantasy
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Erotic Fantasy
  • Game-Related Fantasy
  • Heroic Fantasy
  • High/Epic Fantasy
  • Magical Realism​
  • Mythic Fiction
  • Religious
  • Science Fantasy
  • Space Opera
  • Superhero Fiction
  • Sword and Sorcery
  • Time-Travel
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Vampire
  • Wuxia Fantasy

Young Adult Fantasy Book Recommendations


  • Comic Horror
  • Creepy Kids
  • Dark Mystery/Noir
  • Erotic Vampire
  • Fabulist
  • GothicHauntings
  • Hauntings
  • Historical Horror
  • Psychological Horror
  • Quiet Horror
  • Religious horror
  • Milton’s Paradise Lost
  • Science-Fiction Horror
  • Splatter
  • Supernatural Menace
  • Technology Horror
  • Weird Tales
  • Young Adult
  • Zombie


This list covers mystery novels that are dark, horrifying and with secrets and mysteries that make the books hard to put down.

  • Amateur Detective
  • Child in Peril
  • Classic Whodunit
  • Comic Mystery (Bumbling Detective)
  • Cozy mystery
  • Courtroom Drama

Crime Fiction Recommendations

  • Dark Thriller
  • Espionage
  • Heists and Capers
  • Historical Mystery
  • Inverted
  • Locked Room
  • Medical
  • Police Procedural
  • Private Detective
  • Psychological Suspense
  • Technothriller
  • Suspense mystery
  • Woman in Jeopardy
  • Young Adult Mystery

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