Must Reads!

This page is a work in progress. I wanted to have it available to you, but I’m still working on adding in all the books I think should be included, as well as including all review links.

This list includes all of my favorite books that I feel are absolute must-reads!! If I have a review of the book, I will include a link to it.

How is this organized?

This list is organized by genre, and then alphabetically within the genre. Books starting with “a”/”the”/etc. are organized instead by the second word in the title. Also, all series are grouped together by the first book!

Sci-Fi & Dystopian | Fantasy | Historical & Historical Fantasy | Urban Fantasy & Magical Realism | Contemporary | Adult Contemporary Romance | Adult Historical Romance

Sci-Fi & Dystopian

Angelfall by Susan Ee
World After
– End of Days

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Stars Above

Defiance by C. J. Redwine

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
– Defy the Worlds
– Defy the Fates

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Reboot by Amy Tintera

The Selection by Kiera Cass *
The Elite
The One
Happily Ever After
The Heir
The Crown

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Destroy Me
Unravel Me
Fracture Me
Ignite Me
Restore Me
Reveal Me
Defy Me
Shadow Me
Imagine Me

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
This Shattered World
Their Fractured Light


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Virtue and Vengeance

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas *
A Court of Mist and Fury
A Court of Wings and Ruin
A Court of Frost and Starlight

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Daughter of the Siren Queen

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
– A Torch Against the Night
– A Reaper at the Gates

The Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo
The Language of Thorns (read after Crooked Kingdom)
– The Lives of Saints (read before or after King of Scars)
The Grisha Trilogy
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising
Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom
The Nikolai Duology
King of Scars
Rule of Wolves

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Unravel the Dusk

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
– Crown of Wishes
Star-Touched Stories

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas *
Crown of Midnight
The Assassin’s Blade
Heir of Fire
Queen of Shadows
Empire of Storms
Tower of Dawn
Kingdom of Ash

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
We Free The Stars

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
– The Moth and the Flame
– The Crown and the Arrow
– The Mirror and the Maze
– The Rose and the Dagger

Historical & Historical Fantasy

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
The Damned

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
– The Crown’s Fate

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
The Silvered Serpents (Out Sept. 2020)

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
– Dark Triumph
– Mortal Heart

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Adult)

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
– Hunting Prince Dracula
Escaping From Houdini

Becoming the Dark Prince
Capturing the Devil

Urban Fantasy & Magical Realism

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Wicked King
The Queen of Nothing

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
– Daimon
– Pure
– Deity
– Elixir
– Apollyon
– Sentinel

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
– Opal
– Origin
– Opposition
– Oblivion
The Darkest Star (Start of Spin-Off Series)
The Burning Shadow

The Shadowhunters Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments Series:
– City of Bones
– City of Ashes
– City of Glass

The Infernal Devices Trilogy:
Clockwork Angel
– Clockwork Prince
– Clockwork Princess
The Mortal Instruments Series (part 2):
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls
City of Heavenly Fire
The Dark Artifices:
Lady Midnight
Lord of Shadows
Queen of Air and Darkness
The Last Hours
Chain of Gold

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
– Frostbite
– Shadow Kiss
– Blood Promise
– Spirit Bound
– Last Sacrifice
– Homecoming
– Bloodlines
– The Golden Lily
– The Indigo Spell
– The Fiery Heart
– Silver Shadows
– The Ruby Circle

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Stone Cold Touch
Every Last Breath
Storm & Fury (Start of Spin-Off Series)
Rage & Ruin

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore


Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

By Your Side by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
– P. S. I Still Love You
– Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

Adult Contemporary Romance

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Bride Test

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
– The Proposal
– The Wedding Party
– Royal Holiday
Party of Two

Well Met by Jenn DeLuca
Well Played (Out Sept. 2020)

Adult Historical Romance

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
The Viscount Who Loved Me
An Offer From A Gentleman
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton
To Sir Phillip, With Love
When He Was Wicked
It’s in His Kiss
On the Way to the Wedding

My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh
Would I Lie to the Duke

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
Once Upon a Winter’s Eve
A Week to be Wicked
A Lady by Midnight
Beauty and the Blacksmith
Any Duchess Will Do
Lord Dashwood Missed Out
Do You Want to Start A Scandal

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Say Yes to the Marquess
When A Scot Ties the Knot
Do You Want To Start A Scandal

* These books are ones that have a issues, and I would highly suggest researching those issues before reading. They are very popular, which is why they’re good to know, but they do have problems.

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