Great Books to Read for Adults

Good stories told by clever writers never go out of style. And September is a great time to jump in and explore new worlds through a great book. Celebrate September and National Adult Literacy Month with any new book. It doesn’t matter what you read—just begin reading.

Whether your preferences lean toward historical romances or classic locked-room mysteries, there is something for everyone. Don’t forget about nonfiction books that can sweep you away to exotic places or transport you to a moment in history. Consider several must-read books when celebrating National Adult Literacy Month.

Popular adult fiction

John Grisham has written several popular legal thrillers, many of which have been adapted into blockbuster movies. From “The Client” to “The Street Lawyer,” Grisham’s dramas offer intelligent characters, clever storylines and heart-pounding drama. Among the Grisham books you should read are his two newest, “The Racketeer,” a New York Times bestseller, and “Sycamore Row,” a novel that revisits the setting and characters from his acclaimed “A Time to Kill.”

The Racketeer   Sycamore Row

Kresley Cole, Barbara Michaels and Gena Showalter offer readers romantic story lines combined with supernatural elements. If you’re new to this style, consider Showalter’s “Dark Fever” series or books such as “Shattered Silk” and “Be Buried in the Rain” from Barbara Michaels. Look to writers such as Fern Michaels for more traditional romances or Julie Garwood for historical romance.

   Shattered Silk   Be Buried in the Rain

Other adult must-reads include the new offering from J. K. Rowling, “The Casual Vacancy,” and “Mistress” by James Patterson. Patterson, famous for his Alex Cross series and the Women’s Murder Club series, has penned this stand-alone thriller about a man consumed by his obsessions.

Nora Roberts delivers romance, mystery and thriller. With more than 200 books written, Roberts is a must-read author. Consider her novels “The Perfect Hope,” “Northern Lights” and “The Witness.” Roberts also writes mysteries as J. D. Robb.

Doctor SleepMysteries and horror

Must-read books from the masters of mystery include Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile” and “Murder on the Orient Express” as well as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” For modern mystery lovers, consider Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” or any of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum mysteries.

Horror great Stephen King has released “Doctor Sleep,” a sequel to his popular book, “The Shining.” King’s horror novels consistently top reader-favorite lists. According to the popular book site GoodReads, King’s book “Salem’s Lot” is the number-one Best Adult Vampire Book. “Salem’s Lot” is the perfect book for any reader who prefers vampires traditionally vicious and never sparkling.

The Swerve


Don’t forget about nonfiction during National Adult Literacy Month. There are many good books to read in this category, ranging from riveting historical narratives and biographies to books such as “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,” a 2012 Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Stephen Greenblatt.


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      Welcome mdebnat! Great to have you here. Are you an avid reader? What are you reading now?