Adult Book Lists
Finding the next great book to read can be as easy as scanning a bestsellers list. But sometimes, it pays to dig a little deeper. If you are searching for books in a specific genre, on a topic of interest or would like to find a hidden gem to add to your own personal favorites list, TCPL can help. We offer multiple resources to help you find the perfect book for your next reading adventure.
Try our BookClique Blog for staff suggestions, or Novelist to get read-alikes of your favorite authors and titles.
Adair, Cherry – Blush
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi – Americanah
Barnett, LaShonda K – Jam on the Vine
Baszile, Natalie – Queen Sugar
Beatty, Paul – The Sellout
Collins, Katheleen – Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?
Dennis-Benn, Nicole – Here Comes the Sun
Dickey, Eric Jerome – The Blackbirds
Flournoy, Angela – The Turner House
Greenidge, Kaitlyn – We Love You Charlie Freeman
Gyasi, Yaa – Homegoing
Hall, Rachel Howzell – Trail of Echoes
Hurston, Zora Neale – Their Eyes Were Watching God
Johnson, Mat – Loving Day
McBride, James – Five-Carat Soul
McKinney, Diane – Whetstone
McMillian, Terry – I Almost Forgot About You
Morrison, Toni – God Help the Child
Mosley, Walter – Charcoal Joe
Natasha Déon – Grace
Okorafor, Nnedi – Binti
Oyeyemi, Helen – Boy, Snow, Bird
Perkins-Valdez, Dolen – Balm
Roby, Kimberla – Copycat
Senna, Danzy – New People
Smith, Zadie – NW
Ward, Jesmyn – Sing, Unburied, Sing
Whitehead, Colson – The Underground Railroad
Woodson, Jacqueline – Another Brooklyn
Benz, Chanelle – The Man Who Shot Out My Eye is Dead
Evans, Danielle – Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
Gay, Roxane – Difficult Women
Hughes, Langston – Short stories [of] Langston Hughes
Oyeyemi, Helen – What is Not Yours is Not Yours
Angelou, Maya – The Complete Poetry
Dove, Rita – Selected Poems
Giovanni, Nikki – A Good Cry
Hughes, Langston – The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
Jess, Tyehimba – Olio
May, Jamaal – Big Book of Exit Strategies
Smith, Danez – Don’t Call Us Dead
Laura Bradford (Mystery)
Linda Castillo (Mystery)
Melody Carlson (Fiction & YA)
Mindy Starns Clark(aka Leslie Gould)
Lori Copeland (aka Virginia Smith)
W. Dale Cramer
Jerry S. Eicher
Suzanne Woods Fisher
Ann H Gabhart
Shelley Shepard Gray
Karen S. Harper
Karen Hopkins (YA)
Hillary Manton Lodge
Emma Miller (Mystery)
Kim Vogel Sawyer
For non-fiction books about the Amish, check out the following call numbers:
289.7 – General Amish books
641.5 – Amish cookbooks
IND CIRC 977.279 P913S 2004 – Indiana Amish community
The Adventures of Augie March* – Saul Bellow
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
The Awakening* – Kate Chopin
Beloved – Toni Morrison
Bless Me, Ultima – Rudolfo Anaya
The Bridge of San Luis Rey* – Thornton Wilder
Call of the Wild* – Jack London
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Complete Tales & Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
Death Comes for the Archbishop* – Willa Cather
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
Go Tell It On the Mountain – James Baldwin
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Grendel – John Gardner
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
In the Time of the Butterflies – Juila Alverez
The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington
The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammet
Native Son* – Richard Wright
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
A Prayer for Own Meany – John Irving
The Postman Always Rings Twice* – James M. Cain
The Scarlet Letter* – Nathaniel Hawthorne
Slaughterhouse Five* – Kurt Vonnegut
The Sound and the Fury* – William Faulkner
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Winesburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson
*Some titles are found in collections or omnibus books. Please visit the information desk if you need help.
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Brave New World* – Aldous Huxley
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
Dracula – Bram Stoker
Dubliners – James Joyce
Frankenstein* – Mary Shelley
Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Kidnapped* – Robert Louis Stevenson
Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
1984 – George Orwell
Of Human Bondage – William Somerset Maugham
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
The Once and Future King – T.H. White
Passage to India – E.M. Forster
Picture of Dorian Gray* – Oscar Wilde
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Silas Marner – George Eliot
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde* – Robert Louis Stevenson
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
The Turn of the Screw* – Henry James
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
The Kite Runner – Hosseini, Khaled
A father-son story with themes of guilt and redemption, set against the backdrop of tumultuous events in Afghanistan, from the fall of the country’s monarchy to the rise of the Taliban regime.
A Town Like Alice – Shute, Nevile
Post World-War II, a young English woman emigrates to Australia to join the man she loves and generate economic prosperity.
The Dream of the Red Chamber – Xueqin, Cao
One of China’s “Four Great Classical Novels,” it chronicles the rise and fall of the Jia family.
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Garcia Marquez, Gabriel
This classic of magical realism tells the story of the Buendia family whose patriarch founds the town of Macondo.
The Stranger – Camus, Albert.
An ordinary man living quietly in Algiers commits a pointless murder.
The Count of Monte Cristo – Dumas, Alexandre
A thriller set in post-Bonaparte France. Edmond Dantes seeks revenge against those who wrongfully engineered his imprisonment years before.
Les Miserables – Hugo, Victor
This story, considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century, explores the themes of law and grace through the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean who becomes a force for good but cannot escape his criminal past.
Madame Bovary – Flaubert, Gustave
A country doctor’s wife lives beyond her means and engages in extramarital affairs to escape the banality and boredom of provincial life.
The Little Prince – Saint-Exupery, Antoine d’. [YA] A boy leaves the safety of his home planet to travel the universe in this combination of moral allegory and spiritual autobiography.
Siddhartha – Hesse, Hermann
In this parable of worldliness and renunciation, a young prince of ancient India rejects his luxurious station to search for the path of enlightenment.
All Quiet on the Western Front – Remarque, Erich M.
The physical and mental stress experienced by German soldiers during WWI, and their difficulty in fitting into society after the war.
Ulysses – Joyce, James
A modernist novel that chronicles an ordinary day in the life of Leopold Bloom in Dublin, the book parallels Homer’s Odyssey in structure and through its characters.
The Name of the Rose – Eco, Umberto
A historical murder mystery set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327.
Like Water for Chocolate – Esquivel, Laura
Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.
Things Fall Apart – Achebe, Chinua
Pre-and post-colonial late-19th century Nigeria through the life of an Igbo leader and local wrestling champion.
Kristin Lavransdatter – Undset, Sigrid.
A Nobel-Prize winning trilogy chronicling the life of a woman living in Christian 14th-century Norway.
Crime and Punishment – Dostoevsky
This masterful psychological novel shows the horror and remorse of a student after he has killed an old woman for her money.
Anna Karenina – Tolstoy, Leo
The tragic story of a married socialite and the decline of her life and status after her affair with a nobleman.
Cry, The Beloved Country – Paton, Alan
A social protest against the structures of South African society, this novel shows many of its problems, such as the degrading of native lands, the decline of tribal communities, and the flight to urban areas.
Don Quixote – Cervantes, Miguel
Alonso Quixano has read so many chivalric romances that he loses his sanity and sets out to right all the wrongs of the world, under the name: “Don Quixote de la Mancha.”
Cecil, Ramona K.
Douglas, Lloyd C.
Emmons, Sherri Wood
Fowler, Karen Joy
Hall, Baynard Rush
Huston, James W.
Kauggman, Christmas Carol
Laugheed, K. B.
Lottes, David A.
McCutcheon, George Barr
McCutcheon, John T.
Moore, Edward Kelsey
Owen, Robert Dale
Phillips, David Graham
Ryan, Hank Phillippi
Thon, James Alexander
Kennedy, Deborah Elaine
Willis, Wanda Lou
Sweazy, Larry D.
Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Williamson, Michael Z.
Baker, Ronald L.
Baxter, Nancy Niblack
Bill, J. Brent
Blount Jr., Roy
Deam, Charles C.
Dunn, Jacob Piatt
Gugin, Linda C.
Jackson, La Toya
Lockridge, Ross F.
Madison, James H.
Sanders, Scott R.
Sasso, Sandy Eisenberg
Thom, Dark Rain
Thornbrough, Emma Lou
De Leon, Aya
Dickey, Eric Jerome
Johnson, Carrie H.
Johnson, Lisa Renee
Rosnay, Tatiana de
Meyers, Walter Dean
Gray, Erick S.
McCall, Amaleka G.
Stringer, Vickie M.