Top Ten Literary Fiction novels

Top Ten Literary Fiction novels

Top Ten Literary Fiction novels

Today’s Top Ten list is all about Literary Fiction novels! We’ve read at least one, usually because we were forced to at school. But I do genuinely love them, and definitely don’t read enough.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

I’ve written about this book quite a lot on my blog, but I genuinely loved it. Yes, it’s obnoxious and pretentious, but so what! It’s great writing and I found myself utterly immersed in the world of the restaurant and the characters backstage.

The Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Another book I’ve waxed lyrical about, but for good reason. There is very little plot yet a major finish which is incredibly moving. A fantastic book that mastered the art of literary fiction perfectly in my mind.

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

I’m very happy to say that I was one of the first public readers to read and review Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, and I am so glad I was! She is fast becoming one of my favourite authors of all time. I still prefer Conversations to Normal People, but the recent adaptation of Normal People on BBC was perfection.

The Bees by Laline Paull

This was such a unique book that I can’t recommend it enough. It’s set entirely from the perspective of a bee and set within a hive. It’s a real literary thriller about bees and their hives. Only Queen Bees were allowed to procreate but the main character is desperate to be a mother, to the detriment of all she knows. Brilliant, if bizarre.

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

I’ve read Atonement multiple times and honestly cannot tell you honestly if I like it or not. But this book I did enjoy, or at least as well as you can. It’s a highly linear book that involves a lot of thinking, so much so that it’s exhausting to read even though it’s fairly short. The premise focuses on a judge called Fiona who is called to decide whether or not a hospital can forcibly give a Jehovah’s Witness child a blood transfusion. What follows is a story of morals, relationships and obsession.

Room by Emma Donoghue

Another exhausting yet gripping read. Emma Donoghue took an awful and uncomfortable subject and translated it through the voice of a little boy. It’s magical and terrible at the same time. Brilliant.

Convenience Store Woman by Sakaya Murata

A very short literary fiction novel, translated from Japanese. The convenience store woman is a Japanese woman who feels that she is a ‘letdown’ to all who know her, but she doesn’t care because she has the convenience store that she works in. It’s a very interesting read if a little confusing and very misogynistic at times.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

A classic, but probably the literary novel that comes to mind when I think of Literary Fiction novels.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Another read I’m not sure if I like or not, but one that I think should be read. Like many of my top ten literary fiction novels, it focuses heavily on the idea of morals surrounding life and death. It’s engrossing and very disturbing, but an important read.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

And finally, a recent book club read of mine. This story follows four siblings who met a psychic when they were young children in Brooklyn in the 1960s and are given the dates of their death. The general premise wants the reader to constantly be thinking about the question: how would you live if you knew when you were going to die? A very interesting read.

What are your favourite literary fiction novels? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Ellie x

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Top Ten Literary Fiction novels

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