Best Literary Fiction To Help Beginners Start Serious Reading

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This is the original romantic classic – the sweeping love story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy.

First Love by Ivan Turgenev

The plot of this tender novella follows a dinner party where everyone recounts vibrant stories of their first love.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Vuong is one of the most acclaimed authors of the modern generation, and his debut novel is almost like poetry.

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Murakami’s classic magical realist style exposes itself vividly in this beautiful novel that unfolds over the course of a single night.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

This is another classic that is quite accessible due to the magnetism of themes, story and ingenuity of the plot.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

This is a modern classic, and the tale of two women in Afghanistan and their individual fight for freedom.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Perhaps the greatest novel of America, Fitzgerald’s masterpiece is the story of decadence and materialism the roaring twenties.

Sula by Toni Morrison

This book follows a young girl living with an abusive father who berates her for the slightest non compliance with the strictest religious rules.