Many people including me has difficulty with genres and subgenres. The classifications of books over the years have become more difficult and convoluted. Here i will try and simplify things for others as much as possible and show which genres are the ones I read and which I don’t as well. This is going to be fun as there are so many classifications I will also try and do an example of each genre and subgenre

More to come with a list and brief description of each.

Non-fiction – this is a general catch all for books that are not fictional. This genre includes multiple sub genres. Biographies are one such book sub genre that is attached in non fiction .

Example: Shake hands with the Devil by Romeo Dallaire.

Fiction – the general category that means made up. It is not a true story.

Example: to kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Those are the two genres but there are many sub genres and some books cross into multiple genres.

  • Science fiction
  • Satire
  • Drama
  • Action and Adventure
  • Romance
  • Mystery
  • Horror
  • Self help
  • Health
  • Guide
  • Travel
  • Children’s
  • Religion, Spirituality & New Age
  • Science
  • History
  • Math
  • Anthology
  • Poetry
  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries
  • Comics
  • Art
  • Cookbooks
  • Diaries
  • Journals
  • Prayer books
  • Series
  • Fantasy

Each of these can have multiple sub sections under them as well.
For me I tend to read the ones that are linked to fantasy or to mysteries.
Fantasy in and of itself is a sub-genre with multiple aspects that separate it out into there own areas.

I classify fantasy in a couple of ways.

Paranormal — this is generally linked more with thrillers in my mind or police procedures that use a psychic link to it. An example of this is the Catherine Mans series by Linda Prather

Urban Fantasy — This is books that are fantasy with full aspects of magic but are based in the real world. A great example of this is Jim Butcher and his Dresden Files.

High Fantasy — This is the original fantasy that is it’s own separate world and it’s unique magic. This is also where I would classify most fantasy novels that are based more around the roleplaying world. Dragonlance novels would fall into this category as well as Lord of the Rings.