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.