A running list of literary fiction & poetry I’ve enjoyed (or am looking forward to)

Some contemporary works that might be interesting to readers who are looking to expand out of YA but aren’t sure where to start 🙂 Feel free to comment below if you have any recommendations!

Fiction – dark academia / gothic

  • If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio
  • Catherine House by Elizabeth Thomas
  • The Likeness by Tana French
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Literary fiction (mostly about Asian-American diaspora, oops)

  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  • Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Chemistry by Weike Wang
  • On Fragile Waves by E. Lily Yu
  • Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh


  • Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu
  • The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang


  • Oculus by Sally Wen Mao
  • The Year of Blue Water by Yanyi
  • Sympathetic Little Monster by Cameron Awkward-Rich


  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

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