About FictionMatters


FictionMatters is dedicated to putting great books into the hands of students, teachers, and pleasure readers. The inspiration behind FictionMatters is the unwavering belief that fiction fosters empathy, shapes minds, spurs creativity, builds bridges, and ignites wonder.


This site is committed to helping all readers make the most of their reading lives. Whether you're a teacher looking for the next addition to your curriculum, a book club member hoping to spur a great discussion, or an avid reader longing to explore a new genre, you'll find something here to sink into.

About Sara

Sara Hildreth is a reader, teacher, and lifelong learner. As an unabashed bookworm, Sara's work and play all revolves around the reading life. 

Sara currently teaches high school English at an all-girls school in Colorado. Her schedule varies each year, but courses she's taught include American Literature, British Literature, African-American Literature, Shakespeare, Women in Literature, and AP Language and Composition. There's nothing she loves more than assigning books students actually enjoy reading.

While working on her MA in Literature at Georgetown University, Sara began sharing her reading life publicly on Instagram as a way to connect with bibliophiles outside of academia. Through her participation in this community, Sara fell in love with recommending books to a larger audience all while challenging her thinking and expanding her own reading taste.

Sara owns more books than she can ever hope to read and if she invites you over for a glass of wine, you'll also undoubtedly be forced to take a book or two home with you. She lives in Denver, CO with her husband and their puppy, Mr. Bingley.

Sara's Favorite Books

New Loves

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Naamah by Sarah Blake

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan


Best to Teach

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Passing by Nella Larsen

Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Most Recommended

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt