Adult Reading List

The recommendations below are drawn from Tamora’s favorite book lists, starting with her Favorite Books of 2016. For her previous recommendations, compiled from reading lists from 2005 through 2015, click here. The archives also include fantasy recommendations that extend beyond White-Medieval-European settings, recommendations for aspiring writers, and more!

Mainstream/Contemporary | Mystery & Thriller | Sci-Fi & Fantasy | Miscellaneous


  • Jo BakerLongbourn (2013, Historical: Reimagining of Pride & Prejudice from the servants’ point of view).
  • James Lee BurkeHouse of the Rising Sun (2015, Historical: Western).
  • Ariana Franklin & Samantha NormanThe Siege Winter (2014, Historical).
  • John GrishamGray Mountain (2014, Contemporary).
  • Barbara HamblyHagar (2015, Historical).
  • Jody HedlundA Daring Sacrifice (2016, Romance: Historical).
  • Gabrielle PinaBliss (2002).

Mystery & Thriller

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Miscellaneous (Non-fiction, Graphic Novels, Poetry)