Read for fun!
Even the most intense researcher and dedicated student needs to take a break from time to time and read some fiction. Memorial Library has the equivalent of several floors of fiction for you to explore and enjoy. Topics range from African Literature to Graphic Novels to anthologies of short stories. Use this guide to help you find what you need (even if it is for a literature class).
Suggestions for books are listed below, as well as links to current and past award winners, and best seller lists. Click on the Browse tab for call number ranges based on subject and use the Search tab for an overview of how to find fiction titles in Memorial Library using our Library Catalog.
Check out our guides to fiction, which categorize books by setting, story, characterization, or genre. Remember, however, just because a book is listed does not mean Memorial Library will have it, but with our extensive collections, it’s definitely worth searching our catalog for the title or author.
NoveList: provides reading recommendations for titles, series, and authors. Also features theme-oriented booklists, award lists, and links to fiction-related web sites. Contains links to UW-Madison’s library catalog.
Fiction Connection: allows users to search for books that are similar to others they have enjoyed using a variety of tags and categories.
If you would like to read a review of a title prior to checking out the book, there are several resources that provide access to book reviews. For a basic start, see the book reviews portion of the basic reference research guide.
If you would like more in-depth reviews using licensed resources, see the book reviews research guide.
Man Booker Prize: awarded annually since 1969.
National Book Critics Award: awarded annually since 1975. Both the award winners and finalists are listed.
National Book Foundation Award: awarded annually since 1950.
Nobel Prize in Literature: awarded annually since 1901. Some years did not have an award (1914, 1918, 1935, 1940-1943).
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: awarded annually since 1948, when the Novel category was renamed as Fiction. Finalists have been announced since 1980.