4 Book Genres You Should Be Reading

4 Book Genres You Should Be Reading

Whether you read a lot or are hoping to start reading more, sometimes it can be tough to pick out that next book. Recommendations from friends and family help, but there are so many books out there that it’s simply impossible to read them all in one lifetime! If you tend to stick to one or two genres and would like to branch out, this article is for you! Here are 4 book genres that you should be reading if you’re not already.


There are classic horror books like Frankenstein and those by Stephen King, but there is also a lot more to the horror genre that you may not be aware of. Not all horror books are scary, bloody, and gory. Some give you a slow burn that leaves you unsettled or creeped out. So if that’s the type of feeling you’re craving, ask a librarian or bookseller if they have any recommendations for you.

Chances are, they’ll have many – and they’ll all be located in the horror section. Just make sure you are in the right mindset and environment when reading horror. With the right lighting, you won’t spook yourself too badly.

Science Fiction

Sci-fi is a popular genre, but many will say it’s not for everyone. However, it is such a broad genre that there are definitely books within it that anyone can enjoy. Dystopian futures, augmented realities, talking animals – sci-fi has it all! If you are looking for your next fast-paced and exciting read, check out the science fiction section at your local library or bookstore.


Poetry is one of those long-lost art forms that just doesn’t seem to be as popular now as it once was, but there is still a lot of incredible new poetry coming out every single year in addition to all of the classics. Pick up a poetry book if you don’t have time for an entire story and would instead read small, shorter bits that you can enjoy while waiting in line, on the train or bus, or just for some quick intellectual stimulation right before bedtime.


Biographies and memoirs tend to be so underrated. There are so many of them, and there is so much more to them than you might think! Non-fiction is always so fascinating because the stories you are reading are true, and sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.

Browse the memoir section wherever you like to get your books from and you will find that there are a lot of fascinating tales out there about people’s lives who you have never even heard of before.

Reading is fun, fulfilling, and a great way to learn new things. Discovering different genres is a huge part of that enjoyment! If you’ve been feeling a little stuck lately considering what you should read next, hopefully, this list can help!

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