Top 5 Sunday – Adult Fiction

Alright, so as you guys might have noticed I’m a big fan of Young Adult everything… It’s just a genre that I can still relate to and it’s not an overwhelmingly big selection of books. Adult fiction is just such a huge selection of books, it’s hard to know where to even start.

Since starting this book blog journey there have been a few books that have been recommended to me out of the adult fiction section and I’m compiling a list of the top 5 books that I want to read out of the adult fiction genre.


5. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles


4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon


3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


2. The Black Prism by Brent Weeks


1. Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

It’s been really difficult for me to start all of these books because I’ve been so intimidated by them for so long and adult fiction has such long series! I am really trying to broaden my horizons, but I definitely cannot deny my love for the Fantasy genre.

What are some great adult fiction books that you think I really need to read? I’m open to suggestions since I have no idea where to even start!


29 thoughts on “Top 5 Sunday – Adult Fiction

  1. The Name of the Wind is one of my favourite books ever. Though maybe you should wait to start this series until book 3 is out – if that ever happens – so you don’t have to go through the agony of waiting, and waiting, and waiting…

    The Shadow of the Wind (totally different kind of book but because the names are so similar one always reminds me of the other) is really good too, though the sequel was disappointing.

    Outlander was fun for the first book, but I gave up after 3 books and that’s even though I bought a 4 book set.

    I keep hearing great things about Brandon Sanderson as well, but.. I also kind of fear that it’s going to be another ASOIAF thing where there’s just too much description, too many characters and side plots – had to give up on that series as well, even though I tried several times because almost everyone else seems to love George R.R. Martin.

    Oh and for something completely different – weird and wonderful, I recommend American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

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    1. Haha, Rothfuss is very GRRM in that way then, huh? Thanks for that advice! I think Mistborn will be my next selection. I’m currently listening to the Outlander audiobook, I’m very curious about it.


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  2. I love Outlander! I am currently on book 4. They are daunting and I have to take breaks, but they are amazing. I also love Game of Thrones. Kate Morton and Liane Moriarty are also great “adult” authors. I too get sucked into the Young Adult world way easier, but my book club keeps in the adult book world. Sometimes it’s nice to have a change of scenery. Good luck on your reading!

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    1. Glad you loved A Gentleman in Moscow, I can’t wait to pick it up to read it. I’m currently listening to Outlander and I can’t wait to see where that story goes (and I have to finish the books before I start the show! 😉 ).


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  3. Loved The Name of the Wind, but there’s only 2 books and a novella (which was beautiful! ) so it may be worth waiting for Pat to finally release #3 instead of suffering like the rest of us(!)
    Other great adult fiction writers I would recommend are Ken Follett, Raymond E Feist and the wonderful Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey.

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  4. Your top 3 picks are the same as mine! I’ve heard many positive reviews about Mistborn. It seems like a must read for readers who love fantasy.
    Have you read Vicious by V.E. Schwab? It’s also a highly-acclaimed adult fantasy book but it’s not super long, so it’s less intimidating.

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  5. If you listen to audio books, the Outlander series read by Davina Porter is amazing. Her name often comes up on lists as a favorite for audio narrators. Not only can she use distinguishing (and believable) voices for both men and women, British and Scottish accents, but she also is able to AGE the voices of the characters as the books progress. She’s really incredible.

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  6. Name of the wind is my all time favorite book! I just started writing a science-travel blog and couldn’t help but to encorporate a little Kvothe ☺

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  7. Hey, nice post. I actually avoided Outlander because I heard there’s some weird adultery and even worse…

    Anyway, on a positive note, I’ve been reading adult fiction since I was fourteen. I started with the classic Jurassic Park, and I enjoy Terry Pratchett, a fantasy author who’s big in Britain. If you’re interested you should check out Men at Arms or Equal Rites by him.

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  8. Honestly, you’ll enjoy Mistborn, along with the other two books in the trilogy (The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages). The series is so incredibly well-written. Despite the length, I get the feeling you won’t be able to put it down once you start!

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  9. I read The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear (the second book in the same series). I enjoyed them both! Perhaps it is not a bad place to start since the books feature a young adult character going through some of the young adult challenges (school, bullies, first love). Unfortunately the third and last book is not out yet! In any case I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did 🙂


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    1. Oh awesome! I didn’t know that it started with a young adult character! I think I’ve heard that it’s taking quite a while for the next book to come out and I don’t want to end up in the GoT predicament of waiting years for the next book! Haha, thank you Sophie!


  10. “A Gentleman in Moscow” is pretty fantastic – it’s an exquisite slow burn of a book. Immediately after finishing it, I bought the author’s other novel.


  11. Oh I want to read Outlander so bad! It looks like an amazing book 🙂 I’d love to hear your thoughts on it when you read it / if you already have. It’s been sitting on my Kindle for a couple months now but just haven’t gotten the chance to pick it up. Maybe over Thanksgiving break 🙂

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