Clean Reads -- Adults

Looking for something clean to read? Try one of these!  All of these books are clean. No spicy content, no gory violence, and little or no bad language. If a book has a mild amount of bad or questionable language, but is otherwise clean, I have marked it with an asterisk.

These are the clean fiction books that I would classify as adult fiction. For my list of clean Junior Fiction, Middle Grade, and Teen/YA books, click here.  Obviously, many of these books would be of interest to teens as well.

All of these titles are linked to my own reviews if you want more information about the story, content, etc. 

The Abbot's Ghost by Louisa May Alcott
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by A. Conan Doyle
Ain't We Got Fun by Emily Chapman and Emily Ann Putzke
All is Calm; All is Bright by Colleen Coble
Among the Shadows by L. M. Montgomery
And Be a Villain* by Rex Stout
Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery
Anne of Windy Poplars by L. M. Montgomery
Anne's House of Dreams by L. M. Montgomery
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe* by Robert Goldsborough
The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan
The Baronet's Song by George MacDonald
The Beautiful Ones by Emily Hayse
The Beekeeper's Apprentice* by Laurie R. King
Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero
The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Black Shrike* by Alistair MacLean
Blessed are the Cheese Makers by Tricia Goyer and Cara Putman
Blind Beauty and Other Stories by Meredith L. Burton
The Blue Castle* by L. M. Montgomery
Borden Chantry* by Louis L'Amour
Bowdrie* by Louis L'Amour
Bridge to Trouble by Elisabeth Grace Foley
The Broken Gun* by Louis L'Amour
The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay
The Bronte Sisters by Catherine Reef

Captain Wentworth's Diary by Amanda Grange
The Canary Trainer by Nicholas Meyer
Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock
The Cherokee Trail* by Louis L'Amour
The Choir Immortal by Katie Schuermann
The Christmas Hirelings by M. E. Braddon
Christmas with Anne by L. M. Montgomery
Chronicles of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery
Colonel Brandon's Diary by Amanda Grange
Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig
Corral Nocturne by Elisabeth Grace Foley
The Count of Monte Cristo (Manga Classics) by Alexandre Dumas, Crystal S. Chan, and Nokman Poon
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Crown and Cinder by Kendra E. Ardnek
Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig
C.S. Lewis: Letters to Children ed. by L. W. Dorsett and M. L. Mead

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering
Death by the Book by Julianna Deering
Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Desert Death Song* by Louis L'Amour
Destry Rides Again* by Max Brand
A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin
Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes by Loren D. Estleman

The Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker
Edmund Bertram's Diary by Amanda Grange
Emma by Jane Austen
Emmazel by Kendra E. Ardnek
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
Everything She Didn't Say by Jane Kirkpatrick

A Family Affair* by Rex Stout 
Five Enchanted Roses by Kaycee Browning, Savannah Jezowski, Jenelle Schmidt, Dorian Tsukioka, and Hayden Wand
Five Magic Spindles by Rachel Kovaciny, Kat Medill, Grace Mullins, Michelle Pennington, and Ashley Stangl
Five Poisoned Apples by Skye Hoffert, Jenelle Hovde, Cortney Manning, Maddie Morrow, and Rachael Wallen
A Flame in the Dark by Sarah Baughman
A Flame Shall Spring from the Embers by Heidi Pekarek
Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fluff with a Side of Treason, Vol. 1 by Jennis Sauer
Frederica* by Georgette Heyer
The Further Adventures of Zorro by Johnston McCulley
Further Chronicles of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
Grace Alone by Ruth E. Meyer
The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern
Greenwillow by B. J. Chute
Guns of the Timberlands* by Louis L'Amour

The Harvest Raise by Katie Schuermann
Henry Tilney's Diary by Amanda Grange
His Last Bow by A. Conan Doyle
Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh
Hondo by Louis L'Amour
The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle
An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White
House of Living Stones by Katie Schuermann
A House to Let by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Adelaide Anne Proctor

If I Live by Terri Blackstock
If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock
If I Run by Terri Blackstock
Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman
The Innkeeper's Wife by Savannah Jezowski
In the Glorious Fields by Emily Hayse
I, Robot* by Isaac Asimov

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas* by Stephanie Barron
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge
Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery
January Snow by Hayden Wand

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Kilmeny of the Orchard by L. M. Montgomery
King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart
Lady of Quality* by Georgette Heyer
Land of Hills and Valleys* by Elisabeth Grace Foley
A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich
Laura* by Vera Caspary
The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
Left-Hand Kelly by Elisabeth Grace Foley
Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien
Letters from Pemberley: The First Year by Jane Dawkins
Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey
A Little Beside You by Jenni Sauer
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The London House by Katherine Reay
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Lost Lake House by Elisabeth Grace Foley
Loving Isaac by Heather Kaufman

A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by A. Conan Doyle
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
The Mountain of the Wolf by Elisabeth Grace Foley
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit by Amy Stewart
The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans
Montana Rides!* by Evan Evans (Max Brand)
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange
Mr. Knightley's Diary by Amanda Grange
Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering
Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Mycroft Holmes* by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
Mycroft and Sherlock by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Watterhouse
Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Northanger Abbey* by Jane Austen
Nothing Daunted by Dorothy Wickenden
And Now Tomorrow* by Rachel Field
The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White
Nutcracker and Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman

Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Old West Christmas Brides by Margaret Borwnley, Rosey Dow, Darlene Franklin, Marcia Gruver, Vickie McDonough, and Debra Ullrick
Once* by Elisabeth Grace Foley, Rachel Heffington, J. Grace Pennington, Suzannah Rowntree, Emily Ann Putzke, and Hayden Wand
Once Upon a Christmas by Lauraine Snelling and Lenora Worth

Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh
Peace Like a River* by Leif Enger
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge
A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Princess Bride* by William Goldman
Prince of Thieves by Alexandre Dumas
The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes by Vincent Starrett

The Quiet Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott

Rainbow Valley by L. M. Montgomery
The Ranch Next Door and Other Stories by Elizabeth Grace Foley
Random Harvest* by James Hilton
The Ranger and Other Stories by Zane Grey
The Reluctant Godfather by Allison Tebo
Reservations for Two by Hillary Manton Lodge
The Return of Sherlock Holmes by A. Conan Doyle
Riders of the Purple Sage* by Zane Grey
Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery
Rogue One* by Alexander Freed
Rook di Goo by Jenni Sauer
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Rose Petals and Snowflakes by Kendra E. Ardnek
Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien
Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering
Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Sackett's Land* by Louis L'Amour
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer
Seventh City by Emily Hayse
Shane by Jack Schaefer
Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula by Loren D. Estleman
A Sidekick's Tale by Elisabeth Grace Foley
The Sign of the Four by A. Conan Doyle
The Silent Gondoliers* by William Goldman
Silent Night; Holy Night by Colleen Coble
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson
"Smith of Wootton Major" and "Farmer Giles of Ham" by J.R.R. Tolkien
Snowfield Palace by Kendra E. Ardnek
The Snow Storm: A Christmas Story by Catherine Gore
Snow White by Matt Phelan
Song of the Valley by Britt Howard
A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White
Son of a Wanted Man* by Louis L'Amour
A Spy on the Home Front by Alison Hart
The Storm in the Barn* by Matt Phelan
The Story People by Heather Kaufman
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Study in Scarlet by A. Conan Doyle
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge 
Tales of the Jazz Age* by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Tale of the Nutcracker by Alexandre Dumas
The Tall Stranger by Louis L'Amour
These War-Torn Hands by Emily Hayse
Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge
Too Many Cooks* by Rex Stout
The Trials of Sherlock Holmes by James Moffett
True Grit* by Charles Portis
Two Guys Read Jane Austen by Steve Chandler and Terence N. Hill

Unbetrothed by Candice Pedraza Yamnitz

The Valley of Fear by A. Conan Doyle
Vanished by Irene Hannon
A Very Bookish Christmas by Rebekah Jones, Sarah Holman, J. Grace Pennington, and Kate Willis
A Very Bookish 4th of July by Kelsey Bryant, Abigayle Claire, Sarah Holman, and Rebekah A. Morris 
A Very Bookish Thanksgiving by Kelsey Bryant, Sarah Holman, Rebekah Jones, J. Grace Pennington, and Amanda Tero

Wait Until Tomorrow by Jenni Sauer
Wanderlust Creek and Other Stories by Elisabeth Grace Foley
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin
The White Company by A. Conan Doyle
The Winter King by Christine Cohen
With Blossoms Gold by Hayden Wand
A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs

Yesterday or Long Ago by Jenni Sauer

*Has some mild bad language


  1. WOW.
    Hamlette, this is wonderful! This is a great list to jump-start our book suggestion lists!


  2. Wow! It's so helpful to have these all in one place. Thanks so much!

    1. You're welcome, Fawnabelle! I hoped it would be helpful :-)

  3. Sharing to my Pinterest booklist board. Thanks!

  4. This is a great list, I am working on putting them on my to-read list!

    Right now I'm reading The Lord of the Rings and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes!

    1. MC, those are two of my favorite books :-) Good choices!

  5. This is great! Very helpful.
    My favorite books are the Lord of the Rings :)

  6. Thanks, Lydia!

    That's a good choice for a favorite ;-)


What do you think?

Comments on old posts are always welcome! Posts older than 7 days are on moderation to dissuade spambots, so if your comment doesn't show up right away, don't worry -- it will once I approve it.

(Rudeness and vulgar language will not be tolerated.)