Here's a curated list of all the Best Books on Kindle Unlimited, updated July 2022! Find great eBooks for kids, teens, and adults to read with a Kindle Unlimited subscription (or free trial).
There are over a million books available on Kindle Unlimited. Unfortunately, because there are so many Kindle unlimited titles I don't want to read, it never seemed worth the subscription service fee to me. What I saw when I scrolled through was mostly romance and self-published books that didn't interest me at all.
However, earlier this year I discovered two new to me authors that I fell in love with and wanted to read more of their books. I was surprised to discover that the best place to read them was Kindle Unlimited. That sent me down the rabbit hole.
Since then, I've been compiling lists of all the best books on Kindle Unlimited. There are Kindle Unlimited books for kids and teens, as well as Kindle Unlimited books for adults here.
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How My Family Uses Kindle Unlimited
All four of my kids (ranging in age from 8 to 16) have the basic Kids Kindle Readers.
For myself, I love the Kindle Paperwhite (so easy to read even in the dark), and I also use a Kindle App on my phone (comes in handy when I've forgotten to bring a book and find I have a few minutes to read). You can also read Kindle eBooks for free on the computer with Kindle Cloud Reader.
I don't keep a regular subscription. I just pay for a month here and there when I need it. It is especially handy when we're traveling and don't want to take a big stack of books with us. It's also a great way to keep kids entertained on long car rides or flights (there are so many good picture books on Kindle Unlimited too!). You can check out up to 10 titles at a time, so I can make sure everyone will have something to read!
It's also a great way to binge read a series or a favorite author. I got started with Kindle Unlimited because I wanted to read everything Janette Rallison had written - it was a real bargain for that many good books to read!
There are even a lot of titles that include free Audible narration (see the full list of books with narration here). Just look for the little orange headphones next to the words "kindleunlimited." (See image below)
Get a Kindle Unlimited Subscription
I have been lucky enough on TWO occasions to get a deal that gave me 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for only 99 cents. You can get started here with a free 30 day trial. The normal price is $9.99 a month, so keep an eye out for deals, especially around Prime Day.
You can also GIFT a subscription to Kindle Unlimited at a good discount, which is a wonderful gift for people who read!
The Best Books on Kindle Unlimited
Because the Kindle Unlimited Library changes regularly, I can't guarantee that every title on this list will always be available. I do, however, update here regularly.
The first half of the list is Kindle Unlimited books for Adults, the second half is books for Kids and Teens. There are less books books for kids on Kindle Unlimited these days because they want kids to use an Amazon Kids Subscription (more about that here). For a list of Kindle Unlimited Picture Books, click here.
The Best Kindle Unlimited Books (For All Ages)
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
This is one of the few books I think everyone should read. It's a really thoughtful and well researched look at aging and death.
If We Were Villains: A Novel
Murder + Shakespeare at a small elite arts college. If you loved The Secret History, you'll probably enjoy this one too.
The Shell Seekers
This is one of my all time favorite books and a total comfort read. It's a historical fiction family saga that centers around the matriarch of the family, Penelope Keeling. In her old age, she discovers that her most treasured possession, her father's painting, is worth a small fortune, but this knowledge threatens to tear apart her family.
Thinking, Fast and Slow
This non-fiction book about the way we think is fascinating! Even though I read it nearly a decade ago, I still think about it often.
The White Album: Essays
I love this collection of essays about 1960s counterculture. No one writes an essay like Joan Didion!
The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
I loved this twisty whodunnit book! Every day Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor and every day Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered. The cycle will continue until Aiden solves the locked-room mystery. So fun!
Only Ever Her
I listened to the Audible narration of this fast paced mystery and loved it. Annie Taft's wedding is only four days away when she vanishes.
Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Book 1)
The first 6 books of this phenomenal murder mystery series are on Kindle Unlimited! I love this series and every book just gets better and better as you go along. I especially love that they aren't gory and they're so well written and clever.
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel
This is a fun book for adults that is filled with secret societies, codes, and puzzles. I loved every page of it!
American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
This is an interesting and very readable fiction story about a mother and her son who flee a drug cartel and find themselves joining other migrants trying to reach the United States.
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
This is storytelling at its very best - absolutely captivating! It's a gothic style mystery about a haunted family hiding a tragic secret. You won't be able to put it down.
Finlay Donovan Is Killing It: A Mystery (The Finlay Donovan Series Book 1)
This is a fun and snappy book about a single mom who is mistaken for a contract killer and accidentally agrees to get rid of a problem husband.
The Wife Between Us: A Novel
A twisty thriller and love triangle. The less said about this one, the better. Just jump in and have fun!
Behind Closed Doors: A Novel
This is a fast-paced unputdownable mystery. Jack and Grace have the perfect marriage . . . or so it seems. But if you look closer, you start to wonder why Grace never answers the phone, and why do they need high-security metal shutters, and what's really going on behind closed doors.
The Island of Sea Women: A Novel
This is gorgeous historical fiction set during the Japanese occupation of Korea. It's a beautiful book about female friendship and forgiveness.
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
Amy Byler is an exhausted working single mother. So, when her husband comes back and offers to take the kids for the summer, Amy decides to escape to the NYC for an adventure of her own. Cute women's fiction.
The Last Anniversary: A Novel
I've enjoyed all of this author's twisty mysteries. In this one, Sophie unexpectedly inherits a house that comes with an unsolved mystery and a connection to Sophie's ex-boyfriend - the one that got away. It's a page turner.
Truly Madly Guilty
This book begins with a tragic event at a neighborhood cookout, but you don't understand what happened or why until the end of the book. This one wasn't quite as riveting as some of this author's other books, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie: A Novel
In this book, the author imagines what might have happened for those eleven days in 1926 when Agatha Christie went missing.
Flowers In The Attic (Dollanganger Book 1)
I haven't read this dark twisted book about two siblings who grew up locked in an attic since I was a teenager. Rumor has it that Netflix is turning this into a show, so it's probably time for a reread.
Ninth House (Alex Stern Book 1)
Grown up Harry Potter, but much darker and more sordid. But, if you love a murder-mystery-thriller in an elite college setting with supernatural elements, you'll probably like this one.
Carnegie's Maid: A Novel
Historical fiction about Clara Kelly, a lady maid to Andrew Carnegie's mother in 1860's Pittsburgh. I love reading about America's tycoons.
The Handmaid's Tale
This one needs little introduction, but if you haven't read it, you probably should.
The Fellowship Of The Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings
All of the LOTR books are on Kindle Unlimited!
The Hobbit: 75th Anniversary Edition
I read this one aloud to my kids a few years ago and we all loved it! This is one is much easier to read (especially for young readers) than the LOTR series.
This classic dystopian novel is a must-read!
Mary Jane: A Novel
This is a coming of age story set in the 1970's and is beautifully written. If you enjoyed Daisy Jones and the Six, you'll love this one.
What the Wind Knows
A time travel book! Anne Gallagher grew up hearing her grandfather's stories of Ireland, but after he dies she finds herself pulled back to Ireland in 1921 as tensions rise and the country is on the edge of war.
The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller Book 1)
This is the legal drama that inspired the new Netflix show. Mickey Haller is a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car in Los Angeles.
And Then There Were None
I love classic Agatha Christie mysteries, and this is one of my favorites!
This is a page-turning contemporary romance. Morgan and her sixteen-year-old daughter Clara have warring personalities and conflicting goals. Chris, the husband and father, is the glue that holds their family together, so when he's involved in a tragic accident, their world comes crashing down around them.
Reminders of Him: A Novel
Kenna has just been released from prison where she served time for an accident that upended her whole life. When she returns home to the place where it all fell apart, she hopes to be reunited with her daughter, but the entire town is struggling to welcome her back. This one packs an emotional punch.
Magpie Murders: A Novel
This is a fantastic and clever whodunit with a lot of nods to the classic detective writers.
The Dry: A Novel
This is a complex and well written crime novel with a really likeable police detective. I've enjoyed all the books in this series.
Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel
This is a great vacation romance read. Cassie Hanwell is the only female firefighter in an old-school firehouse with men that aren't exactly thrilled to have a "lady" on the crew.
Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies
A fascinating non-fiction look behind the scenes at the White House. J.B. West was the operations director for 28 years at the White House and it's so fun to read about his experience with six consecutive presidents and their families.
Masquerade: A Superstar Boss, Sweet Romantic Comedy
I love Janette Rallison - in fact, it was because I wanted to read all of her books that I first subscribed to Kindle Unlimited. She writes witty adorable romantic comedies for teens and adults that are completely clean and compulsively readable. You should probably read all of her books, but I included a few favorites on this list.
This one is a hilarious romantic comedy for adults that had me laughing out loud in every chapter. Clarissa takes a job as a nanny for a movie-star boss, but she has to lie and say she's married to get the job. It's a comedy of errors and I really wish someone would turn this into a movie too.
More Than Enough: How One Family Cultivated A More Abundant Life Through A Year Of Practical Minimalism
A fun memoir/self-help book about one family's plan to practice minimalism and have a no-spend year.
I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
If you consider yourself a "reader" you'll enjoy this collection of essays about books and reading.
A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic Book 1)
This is a YA fantasy series for older teens and adults. Kell is a magician with the rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. He works as a smuggler but when an exchange goes wrong, he finds himself facing a deadly enemy with magic afoot. I really enjoyed this trilogy - the first two books are on Kindle Unlimited.
Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List: A Superstar's Son, Sweet YA Romantic Comedy
This YA romantic comedy has one of the funniest opening scenes that I've ever read. 16 year old Jessica wants nothing more than to become a movie star, so when Jordan, a movie star's son, enrolls at her school, she thinks her dreams are coming true. Unfortunately, Jordan has plans of his own.
A really fun YA retelling of the Alice and Wonderland story.
Skyhunter (Skyhunter Duology Book 1)
A YA dystopian novel set in a war torn world. Mara is the last nation to remain free from the Karensa Federation, which has conquered nations using modified human monsters to fight. Really fun!
I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives
This is a great non-fiction YA book about an American teenager who started writing to a student in Zimbabwe as part of a school pen-pal assignment. The letters between the two teenagers end up changing both of their lives in the most remarkable ways.
Just One Wish: A Celebrity Crush Romance
This is a really sweet and funny YA romance about a 17-year old girl who is determined to give her little brother with cancer his wish to meet his favorite television idol.
My Double Life: A Celebrity Crush Romantic Comedy
In this adorable YA romance, Alexia Garcia is hired to be a double for pop star Kari Kingsley . . . but it gets complicated when Alexia starts falling for Kari's ex boyfriend who thinks she's actually Kari.
Fable: A Novel
I loved this YA fantasy adventure and was sucked in immediately. Four years ago, 17-year-old Fable was abandoned by her father, a powerful sea trader, on an island full of notorious thieves. Now, she's determined to find her way off the island and earn a place on her father's crew. This proves easier said than done.
Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
This is a really beautiful YA retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story.
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1)
It's kind of like the Cinderella story, except Cinderella is a cyborg. I loved this whole YA series and all of its fun twists and turns.
Sorcery of Thorns
This YA fantasy is so good! Elisabeth has grown up as a foundling in one of Austermeer's Great Libraries. She's always been told that all sorcerers were evil but when she has to rely on one after the great library is sabotaged, she realizes there's so much about her world she doesn't understand.
Better Than the Movies
This is a cute enemies to lovers YA romance. Liz has lived next door to Wes for years and is very certain that he will never be boyfriend material. But now it's senior year and Wes is helping Liz with a wild scheme that may not have the ending she's expecting.
Gooney Bird Greene
This is an easy chapter book about a quirky girl who loves to wear pajamas and cowboy boots to school and entertain her classmates with wild stories. This is a fun one to read aloud with kids too.
Big Nate: Beware of Low-Flying Corn Muffins
My kids love this funny graphic novel series about 6th grader Nate Wright who's always up to something fun.
Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Castle Book 1)
I love every single book by this author. This one is about a girl who angers a witch who casts a spell on her and turns her into an old lady.
A Wrinkle in Time
This quirky classic needs little introduction from me, but I consider it a childhood must read.
A Wizard Of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle Series Book 1)
I don't read a lot of fantasy, but I loved this epic series
Ender's Game (Ender Quintet Book 1)
I hardly ever read science fiction, but even I loved this YA sci-fi book about a boy that the military hopes will be the genius Earth needs to end a war against an alien enemy.
The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle
The first 4 books in this 5 book series are available on Kindle Unlimited. These books follow Apollo after he angers his father Zeus and is cast down from Olympus into NYC to function as a regular teen boy without his godly powers. All of my kids have LOVED this series.
This YA romance is the Bachelor + Hunger Games. It's fun and my teen girls have loved the whole series.
The Hero and the Crown
I loved this Newbery Medal winner about an outcast princess who is fighting to earn her birthright as hero of the realm. We read it aloud as a family and everyone enjoyed it.
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer
Of all Rick Riordan's books, the Magnus Chase series has been my kids' favorite. Although similar to the Percy Jackson books, this series is based on Norse mythology.
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)
All 5 books in this series are available on Kindle Unlimited. If you've read the Percy Jackson books, there are familiar characters in this series, but this one adds some Roman mythology elements to the story. These are always a big hit with kids and young teen readers.
Lightning Thief, The (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
All 5 books in this series are available on Kindle Unlimited. This is an excellent series for reluctant readers because every kid I know that has tried reading them gets hooked.
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1)
My teenager who really struggles to finish a book just read all three of the books in this trilogy (which are all available on Kindle Unlimited) in a two week span! Kids really love this dystopian series (and so do I).
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
You don't need me to tell you what Harry Potter is about, but you'll be happy to know that ALL of the books, including the Cursed Child, are available on Kindle Unlimited.
The Hundred Dresses
This is a beautiful, must-read classic book about kindness and empathy. It was a Newbery Honor book int he 1940s.
Warriors #1: Into the Wild (Warriors: The Original Series)
All 6 books in this series about warrior cats are on Kindle Unlimited!
The first three books in this series about a 12-year old millionaire criminal mastermind are available on Kindle Unlimited. We've enjoyed both the books and the movie.
This book is hilarious! The Unteachables are a notorious group of misfits at school who are all moved to an isolated classroom together. Their teacher, Mr. Zachary Kermit is the most burned out teacher and the kids are surprised to find a teacher with an attitude even worse than their own. Ultimately it's a tale of redemption, but it will have you laughing out loud in every chapter.
The first 2 books in this graphic novel trilogy are available on Kindle Unlimited. They're based on the author's real middle school experience and they ring really true for kids, which is why they're so popular.
The Wednesday Wars
This may be a book for kids, but it's one of those books that has universal appeal. I think everyone should read this book!
This is a powerful book that examines the historical and socio-political layers of racial tension in our society following the death of a Black boy killed by a police officer. It's really well done.
I avoided this classic book set during the Revolutionary War for a long time because I thought it would be boring. I was pleasantly surprised when I finally picked it up! There's romance and adventure and this story is really fun to read.
Click (A Click Graphic Novel)
This is a great graphic novel about a fifth grade girl trying to find her place at school and navigating tricky friendships. My kids love this series!
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
2 of the books in this 4 book series are available on Kindle Unlimited. These are weird and hilarious books about a strange school with even stranger kids and teachers. Kids have been reading and loving these books for years now!
We opted to give up our prime membership to keep the kindle unlimited. My eldest reads at least a book a day and we're in a country with no libraries, so even if they're not "great"... Well, he's happy and so am I!
Last time I read the Hardcastle books only the first was on unlimited, so I never read the rest, off to download them now! I really got into Jeff wheeler fantasy series, they weren't high literature by any means, but sometimes an addictive story line that is easy to read is what is needed. Have you read the rest of Amy Hammon (what the wind knows) books? I've enjoyed pretty much all of them.
I've heard good things about the sisters grimm, going to put that on the kids kindles now! We only have the regular kindle, but the growing list of picture books tempts me....
Thanks for this very useful list. My favorite kindle unlimited book is Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron. It's a YA fantasy about a dragon stuck in human form by his mother who thinks he should be more ruthless. It's a fun read.
Also, for A Darker Shade of Magic, Kell is a boy. (You kept saying she.)
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I'm so excited to read this one. It's wonderful!!