Popular Fiction Collection

Are you looking for a fun book to read? Do you want to get lost in a good story? PLU Library’s Popular Fiction Collection strives to be an answer to these questions. We have handpicked a special collection of diverse, award-winning, best-selling fiction books from the last five years in order to provide you with current and transformative reading material.

The collection’s physical location is on the first floor of the library, just to the left of the main staircase. Items are first come, first serve; what you see is what you get. We hope you enjoy these titles. Happy Reading!

Current books:

Circe by Madeleine Miller

A mythical retelling of the Greek Goddess Circe and her journey of self-discovery and power.

Read if you love… fantasy, the classics, and a strong female narrator.

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

5 characters in this spellbinding novel work to protect the heartbeat of NYC.

Read if you love… fantasy, sci-fi, and a fight of good vs. evil.

Detransistion, baby by Torrey Peters

Three women, trans and cis, contemplate motherhood, gender, and relationships.

Read if… you have a desire to learn about trans issues and want a fresh view on what makes a family.

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

A young Ojibwe woman finds herself in the middle of a shocking murder mystery.

Read if you… like thrillers, young-adult fiction, and want to hear more from Native voices.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

A multi-voice novel that follows the intertwining lives of twelve Black women in Britain.

Read if you love… books with multiple narrators, queer representation, and diverse voices.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

A multi-generational story following a family from pre-colonial Ghana to present day United States.

Read if… you love historical fiction, multi-generational sagas, and want to learn about the long term impacts of the slave trade.

Infinite Country by Patricia Engel

A book about a Colombian family split by immigration laws and deportation.

Read if you love… lyrical writing, family-centered stories, and books that focus on migration and resilience.

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

A book about challenging Asian stereotypes in mainstream media, society, and beyond.

Read if… you like books written in unique form (this one is narrated like a screenplay!)

Luster by Raven Leilani

A young, Black twenty-something women navigates NYC, her art, a complex relationship, and precarious employment.

Read if… you want a taste of that millennial existential angst mixed with issues of race and gender.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig 

A time traveling, enchanting novel that explores the possibility of multiple lives lived and lost, all through a magical library.

Read if you love… fantasy, magical realism, and journeys of self-exploration.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

A dark comedic novel that explores the necessities of alienation and power of grief.

Read if you love… wry humor and stories of twenty somethings.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

A beautiful coming of age story about first love, the power of relationships, and the trickiness of class difference.

Read if… you like romance, campus novels, and page-turners

The Overstory by Richard Powers

A multi-voiced, multi-generational novel that follows the connected lives of peoples and tress.

Read if you love… nature-focused novels, multiples narrators, and themes of climate change.

Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

A story that follows two young Black artists in London as they try to find their footing in art, love, and family.

Read if… you love a friends to lovers romance, and poetic prose.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

A letter from a son to a mother who cannot read, journeying from a Vietnamese refugee camp to present day America.

Read if… you like queer themes, poetry, and are ready to cry.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

A multi generational novel following one family from early 20th century Korea to modern Japan as they are caught in the throngs of history.

Read if… you like historical fiction and stories of resilience.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

A dreamlike, hypnotic novel following a Piranesi’s journey through a mysterious labyrinth controlled by divine magic.

Read if… you love fantasy, mystery, and all things magic.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey Mcquiston

What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

Read if you love… romance, an enemies to lovers trope, and queer stories.

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich 

A mysterious and funny ghost story about a haunted bookstore in Minneapolis in the year 2020.

Read if you… are into mysteries and contemporary social issues.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

How does art survive after a life-altering plague? This thrilling novel seeks to answer just that.

Read if you love… Shakespeare and dystopian fiction

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 

A sweeping epic of love and betrayal following a Communist double agent during the Vietnam War.

Read if you love… historical fiction and espionage novels.

There, There by Tommy Orange

This multi-voiced novel follows the diverse lives of Native Americans in the Bay Area, culminating in a climatic ending.

Read if… want to hear more from indigenous voices.