What Book Genre Is Right For You?

As readers, we’re obsessed with losing ourselves in different literary dimensions. We’re paraphrasing for all readers when we say, “if the genre fits—become obsessed with it,” but if you’re someone who’s interest in reading has piqued quite recently, staying interested can be a challenge – especially if you don’t know what kind of books you like.

Books aren’t always bound to reality and perhaps that’s what makes reading the best escape from everyday life. To begin your reading journey, choosing a genre that fits your preferences is a good start. However, picking one genre from 50 can be a bit daunting. Too many cooks…and all that.

Our guide to translating he top five categories can help you kickstart your reading adventure, and you might find yourself enjoying every genre books have to offer!

  • Horror, Thrillers & Mystery

Are you someone who likes to sit at the edge of a couch enjoying a movie that’s full of suspense and thrill? Do you enjoy the idea of bungee jumping from a cliff or sky diving from a plane? Well, we’ve said enough! If you’re an adrenaline person who enjoys the occasional thrill and mystery in life, this genre is for you. Often, these stories are meant to cause discomfort with supernatural elements, eerie characters and a gripping plot. But what’s life without a little suspense to keep you on your toes? Not only are these books exhilarating to read but this genre keeps your brain active, making you more intuitive.

Our picks: Verity by Colleen Hoover | The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

  • Romance

Romance novels are one of the most popular and widely read genre across all ages. There are different types of romance novels to indulge in from contemporary, young adult, erotic to thrill and more. If you’re someone who enjoys a bit of romance and the idea of flowers, gifts or chocolates, then you’d most certainly ‘fall in love’ with romantic novels.

This genre is generally light to the brain that it feels like a peaceful vacation as you read through them. If the thought of two characters finding their happily ever after against all odds and challenges makes you blush, cry and smile all at once, then you know this genre has your name written all over it.

Our picks: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood | Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

  • Sci-fi & Fantasy

Daydreamers unite! If you’re intrigued by magical creatures, worldly wizards, zombies, superheroes, unicorns, vampires and werewolves, this is the genre for you. With every page you turn, this genre teleports you into a realm where you can lose yourself.

Fantasy books are those that have stories that are often set in a time period different from our own. They feature magical creatures to talking zombies. On the other hand, science fiction books take you on a journey of imaginative and innovative concepts of science implied in society and humans. The Sci-fi genre is perfect for anyone that loves otherworldly experiences, dystopian words and well, Star Wars!

Our pick (Fantasy): The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Our pick (Sci-fi): Dune by Frank Herbert

  • Inspirational & Self-Help

Remember all the New Year’s Eve resolutions you’d planned on seeing through, but flaked on? This genre is all about moulding you, be it for your mental, spiritual or physical health. Self-help and inspirational books are all about taking that plunge, making that change and fulfilling all the promises you’ve made to yourself.

A change of habits, personality traits, sharpening of certain professional skills or simply thinking stress-free – you name it and there’s a book for it. These non-fiction genres of books are easily available and praised by many motivational speakers across the globe.

Our pick: Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear | Loving Ordinary Life: The Self-Help Book for People Who Are Tired of Self-Help Books by Anastasia Petrenko

  • Autobiographies & Memoirs

Jim Rohn famously said that ‘reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary. Well, this genre is all about extraordinary people’, and if you’re looking for inspiration, this is where you’ll find it.

This genre is all about facts and stories typically of a famous person – a celebrity or a public figure, told from a third-person point of view. They tell you stories of a person’s life, their journey, the struggles and everything it took to be where they are today. If you enjoy taking pride in the journey or simply want to take inspiration from them, then a memoir or an autobiography should be a book you would enjoy reading.

Our pick: Becoming Michelle Obama by Michelle Obama | Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson

You’ve probably heard this a gazillion times but, reading not only helps you cultivate a hobby but also helps you intellectually. If you’ve decided to take the plunge and invest in a book, we hope that you now have a good idea of what every genre has to offer. We hope you’ll pick up your first book of many and absolutely love it! What’s more? You can love it with friends, especially those you make through Carry A Book. Download our app today!

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