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Online Recreational Reading

Suggestions for popular fiction, non-fiction, and/or graphic novels to read.

Guide No Longer Updated

As of July 2023 this guide—started during the early days of the COVID 19 pandemic—is no longer being actively updated or maintained. Please see OverDrive/Libby at for featured online book lists, as well as thousands of eBooks and audio books.

Using Online Recreational Reading Books

Browse through the pages here to find popular fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels to read online.

Access to the online books listed here is restricted to current students, faculty and staff at the University of Michigan. 

To find more online books, see the Finding and Using Electronic Books guide. You can also search the catalog and apply the "Available Online" filter. See Tips for Using Library Search for help.

New! The U-M Library is piloting OverDrive for access to additional recreational reading eBooks and audiobooks.

(For even more recreational reading options, check the eBook offerings from your local public library. The Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Saline and Ypsilanti District Libraries offer eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive/Libby. Chelsea, Dexter, Saline and Ypsilanti offer Hoopla as well.)

Featured Books - Tales from the Crypt

Graphic novels to chill you to the bone!

Featured Books - Cartoon Cats

Featured Books - Musicians

Featured Books - Amateur Sleuths

Featured Books - Life During Quarantine, Isolation & Shelter-in-Place.