Top Ten Tuesday: Pandemic Fiction


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

For some I know this topic will hit too close to home right now, and I don’t blame you.  Feel free to skip this and go on to the next link.  But if you’re like me, with a black, and often inappropriate sense of humor, you might be craving every pandemic book you can get your hands on right now.  Some of these I’ve read, some of them I haven’t, but I hope everyone finds something interesting.

And if speculative plagues are less your thing, here are a few historical and nonfiction plague books:


I realize this list is far from comprehensive – have I missed any of your favorites?  Are you reading pandemic fiction now or avoiding it?



26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Pandemic Fiction

    • You know- Doomsday Book kept coming up- but from the reviews I’ve read it seemed like it was only in one part of the book so I wasn’t sure if I should include it or not. And with The Passage I meant to include it and plain old forgot. 😂

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  1. Great minds think alike! I did this as my topic this week, too. 😀 😀 😀

    I’m not surprised, though, to see that we don’t have many crossovers on our lists. You can handle a lot more of the scary stuff than I can. I think a lot of these would keep me up at nights, panicking. 😳 I do agree with the earlier comment that mentioned Doomsday Book, though. The Black Death is a huge part of that story, and there’s a fascinating look at how we’d (potentially) deal with a plague in modern times.

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    • I totally understand. I’m in a mood where all I want to read is about the end of the world – because the fact that there are survivors somehow is a comfort to me? Or weirdly hopeful? I don’t know.

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  2. Oh, nice timing. I actually love pandemic fiction so I am going to look hard into this list, I can already spot a few I’ve read. I can’t remember if I actually read Year of Wonders or just have it in my TBR, I have to check!

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  3. Enjoying the book by Chen you gave me. Almost at the end. Some bits were kinda prescient and other parts were way off (to our current situation). It’s a good read, though. The Station 11 author just published a new book-The Glass Hotel. It’s not about a pandemic. It is about a Ponzi scheme.

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    • So between The Fireman and NOS4A2, I preferred NOS4A2. The Fireman is great – but I do think it tinkered on just a bit too long at the end, like Hill wasn’t sure where to end it. I still recommend them because even mediocre Hill is still better than most other stuff 😂😂.

      Did you read Locke & Key Graphic Novels? Those are brilliant.


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