The Best Kindle Unlimited Books

From powerful memoirs to thrilling mysteries, they’re all included with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.


For just $9.99 per month, you can get a Kindle Unlimited subscription that gives you access to over one million ebooks. (And if you buy any Kindle—one of the best eReaders of 2020—you'll get the first three months for free.) These titles include some of the best books out there, though browsing through them can be quiet time consuming.

That's where we come in. Rather than comb through the massive selection yourself, we've done all the legwork by curating a list of the best Kindle Unlimited deals available right now. Check out the following ebooks, all separated by genre, to build an awesome digital library and start reading!

Note: This post was last updated on April 16, 2020. Not a Kindle user? Check out the best free and discounted Apple Books .

Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller

Buy The 7th Victim at Amazon

The 7th Victim

By Alan Jacobson

The first book of Alan Jacobson’s bestselling Karen Vail series, The 7th Victim introduces FBI profiler Karen Vail, who is investigating a horrifying serial killer known as “Dead Eyes.”

Related: 10 Stand-Out Mystery and Thriller Book Series 

Buy Coyote Wind at Amazon

Coyote Wind

By Peter Bowen

The discovery of a decades-old plane crash leads cattle-brand inspector Gabriel Du Pré to a possible murder victim and a landowner with dark secrets.

Buy Fellowship of Fear at Amazon

Fellowship of Fear

By Aaron Elkins

On the first night of his teaching fellowship, Gideon Oliver narrowly escapes from two men who break into his hotel room in an attempt to murder him. Oliver suddenly finds himself the target in an unfamiliar game with no clear rules and exceptionally high stakes.

Buy The First Deadly Sin at Amazon

The First Deadly Sin

By Lawrence Sanders

In the first novel of the bestselling Deadly Sins series, Edward Delaney—a New York City cop—is hunting a serial killer who’s armed with a mysterious weapon. And Delaney’s only shot at bringing the monster to justice is to lay a complex trap.

Buy Pines at Amazon


By Blake Crouch

The inspiration for M. Night Shyamalan’s series on FOX, Pines is a gripping thriller about a secret service agent searching for two missing federal agents in a small town in Idaho. 

Buy The Butterfly Garden at Amazon

The Butterfly Garden

By Dot Hutchison

The first book in The Collector series, The Butterfly Garden is the tale of a twisted man who kidnaps and tattoos young women, whom he keeps in the garden of his isolated mansion. When FBI agents begin questioning Maya, a survivor, they find that the Butterfly Garden is even more twisted than they first realized.

Buy I Am Watching You at Amazon

I Am Watching You

By Teresa Driscoll

Ella Longfield has a bad feeling when she oversees two ex-cons flirting with a group of teenage girls on a train, but ultimately doesn’t intervene. Anna Ballard, one of the girls, goes missing that very night…and whoever took her is watching Ella.

Buy Noble Beginnings at Amazon

Noble Beginnings

By L.T. Ryan

The first novel of the Jack Noble series will get your heart pounding and your pulse racing. Jack Noble is a Marine on-loan to the CIA who finds himself caught up in a massive conspiracy run by the United States government.

Related: 12 Thriller Books for Fans of Tom Clancy 

Buy An Innocent Client at Amazon

An Innocent Client

By Scott Pratt

The first book of the Joe Dillard series introduces Dillard—a man who wants to leave the world of criminal defense, but can’t help but to represent a beautiful young girl accused of brutally murdering a preacher.

Buy My Sister's Grave at Amazon

My Sister's Grave

By Robert Dugoni

In the first book of the Tracy Crosswhite series, Tracy doesn’t believe the man in prison for her sister’s disappearance and murder is responsible. When her sister’s remains are discovered 20 years later, she is determined to find the murderer.

Buy Lies That Bind Us at Amazon

Lies That Bind Us

By Andrew Hart

Jan took a trip to Crete to get away, but under the bright Greek sun she is kidnapped and thrown in a dark cell by a mysterious captor.

Related: 31 Psychological Thriller Books That Mess With Your Head 

Historical Fiction

Buy April Morning at Amazon

April Morning

By Howard Fast

Howard Fast’s bestselling coming-of-age novel follows a boy as the brutal first battle of the American Revolution exposes him to the horrors of war.

Buy Deep Summer at Amazon

Deep Summer

By Gwen Bristow

This gripping Southern saga follows pioneers who settle the untamed Louisiana wilderness, creating a civilization rife with charm, luxury, and tragic injustice.

Buy Beneath a Scarlet Sky at Amazon

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

By Mark Sullivan

Based on an incredible true story, Beneath a Scarlet Sky follows Pino Lella, an Italian teenager with no interest in the war with the Nazis who joins a network helping Jews to escape after his family home is destroyed by a bomb. His parents fear for his safety and push him to enlist in the German army, and after an injury he becomes the personal driver of one of the most powerful Nazi commanders…and an invaluable spy.

Buy White Rose, Black Forest at Amazon

White Rose, Black Forest

By Eoin Dempsey

In December 1943, German dissenter Franka Gerber is living alone in a cottage in the woods. When she comes across an unconscious Luftwaffe pilot in the snow, she discovers that he’s not who he seemed to be, and the pair embarks on a dangerous journey to escape the Gestapo.

Buy The Tuscan Child at Amazon

The Tuscan Child

By Rhys Bowen

When Joanna returns to the English countryside to arrange her estranged father’s funeral, she discovers an unopened love letter that changes everything she thought she knew about her father.

Buy Yellow Crocus at Amazon

Yellow Crocus

By Laila Ibrahim

A privileged daughter of slave owners and the wet nurse who raises her are deeply affected by their love for one another despite the sharp class division that separates them.

Literary Fiction

Buy A Place Apart at Amazon

A Place Apart

By Paula Fox

Victoria Finch’s life was turned upside-down by her father’s death. She thought nothing would ever feel right again. Then, she met Hugh.

Buy Matchmaking for Beginners at Amazon

Matchmaking for Beginners

By Maddie Dawson

When Marnie meets her fiancé’s matchmaking great-aunt, Blix, who’s dying, Blix knows that Marnie is the perfect person to be her successor. Marnie’s marriage falls apart after just two weeks, but in the aftermath, she discovers that Blix has left her a brownstone—and a whole lot more.

Buy The Handmaid's Tale at Amazon

The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

The inspiration for the award-winning TV series, Margaret Atwood’s unforgettable classic explores power dynamics, gender imbalance, and religious beliefs in a dystopian society that is both unimaginable and terrifyingly believable.

Buy When I'm Gone at Amazon

When I'm Gone

By Emily Bleeker

Luke Richardson has just buried his wife of 16 years when finds a blue envelope addressed to him on the floor of the home they shared—in his wife’s handwriting. He continues to receive letters and uncovers shocking secrets that will change everything he knows about his family.

Buy Trail of Broken Wings at Amazon

Trail of Broken Wings

By Sejal Badani

Three estranged sisters—a free-spirited photographer, a career woman, and a soft-spoken suburbanite—must reunite when their father falls into a coma. The three sisters must also address family secrets that were buried long ago, confront the racism their father endured, and remember the violence to which he once subjected their family.

Buy Coffee Will Make You Black at Amazon

Coffee Will Make You Black

By April Sinclair

Growing up on the south side of Chicago in the 1960s, Jean “Stevie” Stevenson thinks about everything from her own hair and skin tone to race riots and the civil rights movement. This award-winning coming-of-age novel is a portrait of adolescence in a turbulent era of social change.

Buy Smoke at Amazon


By Catherine McKenzie

An arson investigator named Elizabeth must face the natural disaster that is her failed marriage. While she works to contain a fire that threatens to devour her town, she and an old friend must find a way to move on and find a new purpose.

Science Fiction

Buy The Forge of God at Amazon

The Forge of God

By Greg Bear

From the author of Eon and Hull Zero Three, this gripping doomsday novel was a finalist for both the Hugo and Nebula awards. As the sun sets on the final days of humanity, some people turn to religion and others to their families—and humankind finds itself caught up in the final moments of beauty and chaos on Earth.

Buy 1984 at Amazon


By George Orwell

This classic dystopian novel had a surge in popularity after the 2016 U.S. election. As literary critic Lionel Trilling said, "“984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present.” If you haven't read this landmark novel, you're missing out.

Related: A Guide to All 10 George Orwell Books 

Buy Midshipman's Hope at Amazon

Midshipman's Hope

By David Feintuch

The year is 2194, and seventeen-year-old Nicholas Seafort is about to set off on an interstellar ship as a midshipman. When a rescue attempt goes horribly wrong, the young midshipman must take control and save the crew.

Buy Seeker at Amazon


By Douglas E. Richards

From the bestselling author of Wired comes a thrilling tale of a super powerful alien technology. An alien spacecraft containing technology that will allow its holder to dominate the globe has just landed in the Amazon Jungle, and every country enters a cutthroat race to reach the technology first. 

Buy Awaken Online: Catharsis at Amazon

Awaken Online: Catharsis

By Travis Bagwell

The first novel in the Awaken Online series, Catharsis introduces Awaken Online, a new virtual reality game that seems impossibly realistic. Jason is looking for an escape from life, but when he logs into Awaken Online, it’s nothing like what he was expecting. 

Buy The Gender Game at Amazon

The Gender Game

By Bella Forrest

In a world divided by gender, women rule the repressive kingdom of Matrus and a dangerous patriarchy control the kingdom of Patrus. Nineteen-year-old Violet Bates is still reeling from the disappearance of her younger brother and must fight for her life after receiving a death sentence for crimes she committed in her oppressive nation.

Buy The Last Dance at Amazon

The Last Dance

By Martin L. Shoemaker

Inspector General Park Yerim is tasked with finding the truth when Captain Nicolau Aames is charged with inciting mutiny—a crime punishable by death. With conflicting reports from the System Initiative that insists Aames disobeyed orders and his crew which asserts that he did everything above board, the Inspector General is tangled in a web of twisted loyalties and corruption.

Buy The End is Nigh at Amazon

The End is Nigh

By John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey

In this first installment of the Apocalypse Triptych, John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey have compiled an anthology of science fiction stories which focus on the days leading up to the apocalypse. Over twenty stories by various authors detail the proverbial matches that light the fuse for the end of the world.


Buy The Hero and the Crown at Amazon

The Hero and the Crown

By Robin McKinley

In Robin McKinley’s Newbery Medal–winning novel, an outcast princess must earn her birthright as a hero of the realm.

Buy Harry Potter Series at Amazon

Harry Potter Series

By J.K. Rowling

Follow Harry Potter and his loyal friends from their first days at Hogwarts to their final battle. Read (or re-read!) all seven installments for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Related: 13 Books Like Harry Potter for Adult Readers 

Buy The Hobbit at Amazon

The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins has become accustomed to a peaceful life, but reluctantly joins the wizard Gandalf and a group of dwarves on a quest for treasure. Little does he know, a magic ring and the terrifying Gollum await him on his journey.

Buy The Paper Magician Series at Amazon

The Paper Magician Series

By Charlie Holmberg

Ceony Twill graduated at the top of her class, so she’s crushed when she’s assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic instead of metal. Despite her initial disappointment, Ceony learns that her powers may be more extraordinary than she ever imagined.

Buy Magical Mayhem Series at Amazon

Magical Mayhem Series

By K.F. Breene

Penny made her first appearance in the Fire & Ice Trilogy, (also available with Kindle Unlimited), and now she’s striking out on her own with the power she never knew she had.

Buy Nice Dragons Finish Last at Amazon

Nice Dragons Finish Last

By Rachel Aaron

Julius is the smallest of the dragons in his clan, and he makes a point of keeping his head down and staying out of the way. When his mother Bethesda decides to turn his meek behavior around, she seals him in the body of a human and sends him to live in the ruins of Old Detroit. With only a month to prove himself before he’s locked in this human form forever, Julius will have to find some allies amongst the mages and spirits who hate his true kind.

Buy Quill at Amazon


By AC Cobble

After evidence surfaces of an occult ritual murder, it becomes clear that sorcery—previously believed to be dead and gone—is still lurking in Enhover. Duke Oliver Wellesly, a cartographer and son of the king, is tasked with investigating the gruesome death despite his disinterest. Meanwhile Samantha, an apprentice to a priest-assassin, prepares for a battle no one thought would come. As the two of them uncover secrets to the past, they find themselves on a dark, deadly journey.

Buy The First Girl Child at Amazon

The First Girl Child

By Amy Harmon

A kingdom cursed to produce no daughters sees the birth of Alba, the first girl born in decades. Bayr of Saylok, the bastard son of a powerful chieftain, wields his superhuman strength to stand as her protector. Together they battle enemies and pose a grave threat to the evil king of their land, but as their bond grows deeper and deeper they find that breaking the curse for good may lead to their own destruction.


Buy The Ladies' Room at Amazon

The Ladies' Room

By Carolyn Brown

With a cheating husband, a rebellious daughter, and a mother with Alzheimer’s, Trudy has her hands full. But when her great-aunt’s will gives her funds to remodel an old house, she’s thrown together with Billy Lee Tucker, who has been in love with her for years. Will she give herself a chance at a new future?

Buy Chasing Spring at Amazon

Chasing Spring

By R.S. Grey

This unconventional love story is told from two different points of view. Lilah Calloway has just returned to the hometown she’s been trying to forget, and when golden boy and her ex-best friend Chase Matthews moves in, she’s finally forced to face her past.

Buy Revved at Amazon


By Samantha Towle

Andi, a car mechanic, will absolutely never—no exceptions—date a driver. But when she gets a new job working for a charming Irish bad boy, she starts to develop a crush on the one man she can’t have.

Buy Beautiful Broken Mess at Amazon

Beautiful Broken Mess

By Kimberly Lauren

A deep and passionate romance between Jace Riley and Audrey Mills ended with an explosive confrontation that broke both their hearts. Years later, Audrey has clawed her way out of a difficult home life to start fresh in grad school—it just so happens to be the same school Jace and his twin brother Jaxon are attending. Jace believes that Audrey betrayed Jaxon, but he can’t help but falling for her all over again. But did he make a mistake all those years ago, and more importantly, can he fix it?

Buy My Big Fat Fake Wedding at Amazon

My Big Fat Fake Wedding

By Lauren Landish

When Violet Andrew’s grandfather starts to feel like his days might be numbered, Violet is willing to do anything to make him happy—even if his dying wish is to walk her down the aisle. Throwing together a fake wedding with her best friend’s older brother can’t be too big of a disaster, right? They just have to make sure not to strangle each other. Or worse, fall in love.

Buy In the Unlikely Event at Amazon

In the Unlikely Event

By LJ Shen

After a spectacular and passionate night spent together, Rory and Mal make an agreement that, should they ever find each other again, they will abandon everything to be together. Eight years later, Mal turns up in New York City where Rory lives. But everything’s different—Mal is a successful musician, Rory has a great career, and both of them have moved on. But Mal kept the pub napkin that bears their contract—will Rory keep her word?

Buy His Royal Highness at Amazon

His Royal Highness

By RS Grey

Whitney’s had an all-consuming unrequited crush on Derek for years, which she’d hoped would fizzle out when he left town. Unfortunately Derek is back, and so are all of Whitney’s inconvenient feelings. They’re so different that it should be hopeless—Derek is the heir to the Knightley company, and Whitney works at his theme park dressing up as a princess. But this time around Derek has his determined sights set on Whitney, and no matter how hard she tries to resist, Derek is used to getting what he wants.

Buy Racing Hearts at Amazon

Racing Hearts

By Lauren Landish

Luke works on a ranch, fading into the background. Shayanne is a tomboy whose family refuses to acknowledge she’s an adult. When the two of them find each other, sparks fly as they feel like they’ve been seen for the very first time. But with their families’ long-standing feud, will they ever be able to build a life together?

Nonfiction: Biography & Memoir, History, Business, Science

Buy Mr. Lincoln's Army at Amazon

Mr. Lincoln's Army

By Bruce Catton

This magnificent history of the Civil War from Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Catton is a must-read for any history buff. With tremendous depth and insight, Catton presents legendary commanders and common soldiers in all their complex and heartbreaking humanity.

Buy A Surgeon's War at Amazon

A Surgeon's War

By Henry Ward Trueblood M.D.

When a surgeon is drafted and sent to Vietnam, he finds himself directly exposed to the horrors of war. He begins to question everything he once believed about life and morality as he watches Marines bleed out and die on operating tables—and realizes all he really wants is to make it home to marry the woman he loves.

Buy An American Princess at Amazon

An American Princess

By Annejet van der Zijl and Michele Hutchison

A girl from a small town in upstate New York, Allene Tew had big dreams when she came of age in the late 1800s. Over the course of her four marriages, Tew wore many different hats—growing to embody the luxuries of the Gilded Age, experience great tragedy during the First World War, and become a princess as she watched the horrors of the Russian Revolution.

Buy Born Survivors at Amazon

Born Survivors

By Wendy Holden

In 1945, three pregnant women imprisoned in Auschwitz defied all odds to give birth. In this remarkable true story, Wendy Holden shows the strength of three seemingly ordinary women who did something truly extraordinary.

Buy A River in Darkness at Amazon

A River in Darkness

By Masaji Ishikawa and Risa Kobayashi

In a shocking memoir, Masaji Ishikawa recounts his childhood in and dangerous escape from the North Korea.

Buy If You Tell at Amazon

If You Tell

By Gregg Olsen

Growing up in Raymond, Washington, sisters Nikki, Sami, and Tori Knotek suffered years of degrading abuse, torture, and terrorization at the hands of their mother, Shelly. But even as their mother tricked others into stepping into her dark and sadistic world, the girls forged a bond built on defiance and strength. Shelly's madness escalated into a string of murders, but the courageous sisters managed to claw their way out with their lives. This is their emotional story of perseverance and overcoming evil to live a life they deserve.

Related: Secrets and Lies: 7 True Crime Books About Cases with Shocking Twists

Buy Alex & Me at Amazon

Alex & Me

By Irene M. Pepperberg

This book recounts not only the incredible untapped intelligence of animal minds, but the incredible bond between an African Grey parrot named Alex and his owner and researcher Irene Pepperberg. For three decades the two of them learned and loved together in ways scientists had yet thought impossible—Alex could add and maintain a vocabulary of over 100 words, but he also danced and played tricks. Though Alex died prematurely, this tale of the deep, genuine camaraderie between a woman and her parrot is an unforgettable monument to the time they had together.

Buy Hyperbole and a Half at Amazon

Hyperbole and a Half

By Allie Brosh

This illustrated memoir started out on the internet as highly-relatable comics on a blog. Humorist Allie Brosh has collected favorites from her internet success along with new content that fills more than half of these joy-bringing pages. For a smart, complex, and hilarious read, this insight into Brosh's daily life is essential.

Young Adult and Children's

Buy The House of Dies Drear at Amazon

The House of Dies Drear

By Virginia Hamilton

This Edgar Award-winning novel follows teenager Thomas Small and his family as they uncover the haunting history of their Civil War-era house.

Buy The Adventures of Ulysses at Amazon

The Adventures of Ulysses

By Bernard Evslin

In a modern retelling of The Odyssey, Ulysses spends an epic, decade-long journey matching wits and strength with the man-eating Sirens, a Cyclops, the witch-goddess Circe, and a slew of other deadly foes. His wife and son, meanwhile, desperately seek news of him, but begin to believe he was lost at sea. Will they wait for his return, or will his wife remarry?

Buy Gallows Hill at Amazon

Gallows Hill

By Lois Duncan

A spine-chilling thriller based on the Salem witch trials, Gallows Hill is the story of a girl who pretends to be a psychic—until her visions turn deadly. When her predictions start to come true, she must confront a community that both mistrusts her and fears her strange powers.

Buy The Velvet Room at Amazon

The Velvet Room

By Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Robin and her family have moved around a lot and have finally settled at the McCurdy Ranch, where her father got a job. Nearby is the Palmeras House, an old abandoned home that Robin is told repeatedly not to explore—but she just can’t help herself and inside it finds the Velvet Room. The beautiful room is everything she’s ever dreamed of, but she cannot imagine why it’s there.

Buy The Winter Prince at Amazon

The Winter Prince

By Elizabeth Wein

In this fantasy retelling of the legend of Mordred, a potential heir to the British throne is passed over for his weak and unskilled half-brother. Consumed by jealousy, he plots to take over the throne—but in the process, he begins to question where his loyalties truly lie.

Buy The Hunger Games at Amazon

The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

The modern dystopian classic of survival, love, and humanity follows the brave Katniss Everdeen as she represents her district in a televised fight to the death on live TV.

Related: The Best Dystopian Books You Haven't Read Yet 

Buy The Mermaid's Sister at Amazon

The Mermaid's Sister

By Carrie Anne Noble

When 16-year-old Clara discovers that her sister is turning into a mermaid, they must travel to the shore with their guardian, Auntie. The trio encounters trouble at every turn and is forced to ward off evil traveling performers and freak shows—all while wrestling with questions of identity.

Buy The Kin at Amazon

The Kin

By Peter Dickinson

Set in Africa 200,000 years ago, The Kin is the story of Suth and Noli. They were orphaned the night that murderous strangers brought violence to their peaceful tribe, and now, at the dawn of human history, they must embark on the quest for a new land.

Buy Artemis Fowl at Amazon

Artemis Fowl

By Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius, and a criminal mastermind–despite being only twelve years old. But for all his talents, Artemis is in way over his head when he kidnaps a dangerous fairy.

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Published on 15 Jul 2018