In the world of literature, there is something for everyone. There is a book genre suited to anyone’s interests, whether it be politics or history, science fiction or fantasy, romance or drama, satire or comedy, gardening or cooking – the list goes on and on. If you think there is nothing out there for you – you are mistaken.
Goodreads provides an extensive list of different literary genres. Here are some of the most popular ones:
- Chick Lit
- Gay And Lesbian
- Graphic Novels
- Historical Fiction
- Humour And Comedy
- Non Fiction
- Science Fiction
- Self Help
- Young Adult
Still stuck for choice?? Nothing on that list appealing to you?
Think about the kinds of television shows or movies you like. If you’re a fan of NCIS, Law & Order, CSI or any of those crime-solving television shows, then you will more than likely find enjoyment in crime and mystery novels, like those by Agatha Christie, creator of the classic detective characters Poirot and Miss Marple, John Grisham, nine of whose books have been adapted into films, including The Firm,(starring Tom Cruise), Patricia Cornwell, best known for her Scarpetta series which explore forensic science in great deal, and James Patterson, who has had 114 New York Times bestsellers. Did you enjoy the movie Dear John starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, or The Notebook starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams? Perhaps you should consider reading the novels on which the films were based, penned by legendary romance author Nicholas Sparks. Other novels of his that have been turned into heart-wrenching, tear-jerking romance and drama films include A Walk to Remember starring Mandy Moore, The Last Song starring Miley Cyrus, Nights in Rodanthe and The Longest Ride. Nothing needs to be said about Game of Thrones, which everyone knows was based off of the fantasy and adventure Song of Ice and Fire series written by George R.R Martin. If you’re like this author and you’ve always been captivated by fantasy worlds like Westeros, and those presented in television shows like Charmed and Heroes where people have special abilities, but don’t want to delve into super complicated, overtly-fantastical stories, perhaps you’d find enjoyment in reading young adult high fantasy books – which, contrary to the genre title, are for people of all ages. Book series like The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, are some of this author’s personal favourites. Other popular young adult high fantasy series include The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, and of course, who could forget Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, which captivated a huge number of teenage girls and older women alike for a number of years.
In a survey just shared by Wonders of the Written Word, where we asked about the last truly great book our respondents read, we’ve received a number of responses about novels from all genres. Mystery, young adult, fantasy, economics, memoir, historical fiction, politics, travel, culture, psychology, scouting, horror – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Whatever your interests, guaranteed there is a book to suit you. This author’s father, who does not read a great deal, cannot deny a good book about cricket, or the South Sydney Rabbitohs. This author’s mother, who does read an extraordinary amount, probably owns every single book in existence written about Princess Diana.
So why not visit your local bookstore or library and scour the shelves for an hour or so? You will find something that interests you, we promise.