Reading recommendations

Reading recommendations - Fiction

Science fiction, mystery, adventure and more - find your next favourite read at the library.

Explore our section devoted to fiction. You'll find staff picks and recommended reading in a range of genres, award-winners, local book events and more.

Can't find what you're looking for? Request a custom reading list.

Looking for something more factual? Try our Non-fiction Reading Recommendations.

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New fiction

New and on order titles, and fiction that library borrowers have given 5-star ratings.

New, just ordered and top-rated fiction titles in the catalogue

Genre reading guides

Whatever kind of fiction you're into find lists, new authors to try, and staff picks.

Adventure, Mystery, and general fiction

Mystery fiction reading guide

From historical whodunnits and cosy crime to psychological thrillers and Scandi noir - our guide will help you find your next mystery read.

Adventure fiction reading guide

Go on a mission full of suspense and action, loaded with obstacles and dangers - our guide will help you find your next adventure read.

General fiction reading guide

Whether you prefer books that are lighthearted or serious, literary or more down to earth our reading guide can help you find your next read

Historical fiction, Saga, Romance

Historical fiction reading guide

Recommended titles and authors for readers who love royal intrigue, fans of sagas, or those gripped by the action in historical adventure.

Romance fiction reading guide

Like your Romance fiction modern or historical, rural or fantastical, restrained or raunchy? Our guide can help you find 'The One'.

Saga fiction reading guide

Stories of dynasties spanning generations and sometimes continents - our Saga fiction guide recommends epic tales to lose yourself in.

Horror, Fantasy, and Adventure

Horror fiction reading guide

Recommended reading lists for a range of horror fiction sub-genres, horror authors to try, and other horrific resources.

Fantasy fiction reading guide

Find Fantasy authors you might like to try and reading lists for a range of Fantasy sub-genres including Epic, Grimdark, and Urban Fantasy.

Science fiction reading guide

Gazing toward the stars? If you like stories set on alien worlds, inter-species politics, and space travel try our science fiction guide.

New Zealand, Short stories, Westerns

New Zealand fiction reading guide

Discover fiction by New Zealand authors in a range of genres with our recommended author and novel lists.

Short stories reading guide

Looking for something you can read easily in a lunch break? Find short stories in a range of genres, hand-picked by librarians.

Western fiction reading guide

Gunfights, outlaws, and the pioneering life. If you like novels set in the American west have we got some reading lists for you, pardner.

Author spotlight: Margaret Atwood


Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood is best known for writing The Handmaid's Tale which has been made into both a film, and a popular TV series.

The sequel, The Testaments, won the Booker Prize in 2019.

She is well-known for writing stories with a feminist perspective, including works of fantasy and science fiction.

Margaret Atwood will appear in Christchurch on 12 February 2020 as part of an Australia/New Zealand tour.

Posts about Margaret Atwood

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Book events at libraries

Love to talk books? Join one of the many book clubs or groups around the city. We also host occasional author talks and literary events.

Award winners

For books that are a cut above - find shortlisted and award-winning titles of international and New Zealand literary prizes.

Award winners

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Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter & discover reads to engage and enlighten.

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Recommended titles from the fantasy and science fiction genres. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter - delivered direct to your inbox.

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Browse our latest selection of stories set in times past.

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