List Of The Most Popular Book Genres In Both Fiction And Non-fiction

If reading is your hobby then these are the popular book genres you really need to know
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People have different hobbies; be it singing, dancing, writing, reading or many other things that we could come up with to spend our leisure time after some vigorous work or just to relax ourselves to relieve some stress. Others do it for fun.

On the other hand, I prefer to read. Reading is like a breath of fresh air for me, I would always end up immersing myself in another world where reality does not exist and anything could happen. That is the beauty of a story.

And when it comes to selecting a great book, you have lots of choices to choose from. Do you like fantasy or sci-fi? Maybe a thriller or mystery? Do you prefer romance or drama? When you are a major reader, it’s easy to get caught up and frustrated with the endless arrays of genre selections that are present today. What exactly should we look for?

Here is the list of the most popular book genre in both fiction and nonfiction to make it more convenient and easier for you to look for your next book to read.

1. Action and Adventure

An action and adventure story primarily features a constant slam-bang of fights, chases, explosions, and clever one-liners. It does not explore the complex relationship between human beings, instead, they are highly-octane thrillers that simply aim to give the reader an exciting ride.

2. Classics

A classic includes older works that have withstood the test of time and are still widely read today. A well-known example is The Odyssey by Homer.

3. Comic Book or Graphic Novel

A graphic novel, as its name suggests, is a novel that tells a complete story via illustrations. A graphic novel contains a beginning, middle, and end. A graphic novel will offer the type of resolution that one expects from a novel, even if it is part of a series. Effectively, this makes a graphic novel longer and more substantive than a comic book, which is a serialized excerpt from a larger narrative.

4. Detective and Mystery

Mysteries always begin with murder. The plot revolves around a crime that must be solved – by the protagonist. It is centered on the intellectual exercise of trying to figure out the motives behind the crime, or the puzzle.

5. Fantasy

This genre of a fiction concentrates on imaginary elements (fantastic). This means magic, supernatural, alternate worlds, superheroes, monsters, fairies, magical creatures, mythological heroes – it can be anything that an author imagined the outside of reality to be like.

6. Historical Fiction

Good historical fiction can transport you into the past time periods and bygone eras, full of colorful characters that modern readers can relate to.

7. Horror

It is a genre of fiction whose purpose is to create feelings of fear, dread, repulsion, and terror in the readers – it develops an atmosphere of horror. Horror feeds on the reader's deepest terrors by putting life’s most frightening and perplexing things – death, evil, supernatural powers or creatures, the afterlife, witchcraft – at the center of attention. Horror should make the reader feel afraid through imaginary and language.

8. Literary Fiction

Literary Fiction does not adhere to any rules. Anything can happen which can be both unnerving and exciting for readers. It is meant to evoke deep thought through stories that offer personal or social commentary on a particular theme.

9. Romance 

This genre would make your heart all fuzzy and warm, which focuses on the love story of the main protagonist. It has a variety of sub-genres’ including contemporary romance, historical, paranormal, and steamy erotica.

10. Science Fiction (Sci-Fi)

It is a genre of fiction literature whose content is imaginative but based on science. It relies heavily on scientific facts, theories, and principles as support for its settings, characters, themes, and plotlines, which distinguish it from fantasy.

11. Short Stories

It is shorter than novels. It strictly tells narrative events through specific themes and a series of brief scenes while achieving to thrill and entertain the readers.

12. Suspense and Thrillers

It induces strong feelings of excitement, anxiety, tension, suspense, fear, and other similar emotions in its readers – in other words, it thrills the readers.

13. Women’s Fiction

Women's fiction specifically targets female readers, often reflecting on the shared experiences of being a woman and the main characters personal growth.

14. Biographies and Autobiographies

Biography is a self-written life story, while Autobiography is a life story of a person written by someone else. There seems to be of no difference between the two genres’, but personally, I find it more interesting to read autobiographies than a biography because you are reading the thoughts of the person instead of someone else’s interpretation.

15. Cookbooks

Cookbooks are traditionally written by professional chefs or your favorite celebrity. Cookbooks offer a wide collection of recipes, specific to a theme, cuisine, or experience chosen by the author.

16. Essays

It is a piece of writing that gives the author’s own argument. It is commonly used as literary criticism, political manifestos, learned arguments, observations of daily life, recollections, and reflections of the author.

17. History

History genre, depicts historical events, personages, and socially significant phenomena in the history of society. Although it concerned with the past, it can also represent recent events whose social significance is recognized by the contemporaries.

18. Memoir

The memoir is a Non-fiction written in the first person about a slice of life. They focus on moments and scenes that communicate a specific message or lesson to the reader about the author.

17. Poetry

Poetry is a genre based on the interplay of words and rhythm. In poetry, words are strung together to form sounds, images, and ideas that might be too complex or abstract to describe directly.

18. Self-Help

Self-help is a non-fiction genre that is based on one’s own effort and resources to achieve things and goals without relying on the help of others. It centers to encourage personal improvement and confidence in a variety of aspects of your life.

19. True Crime

The true Crime genre examines actual crimes and entails exact details of the actions done by real people, mainly focusing on murders, kidnappings, and the exploits of serial killers.

In the end, people have different preferences. But if you are still a beginner in reading, then I suggest that you read every genre first then decide which one would suit you best. Good luck with your next read!

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