Book Genres List

Children's Books

  • Chapter Books
  • Coloring Books
  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Middle-Grade Book
  • Picture Book
  • Youth Adult Fiction
  • Youth Adult Nonfiction

Fiction

  • Action
  • Action Adventure
  • Adventure
  • Alternate History
  • Apocalyptic
  • Biographical Fiction
  • Black Comedy
  • Chick Lit
  • Children’s
  • Christian Fiction
  • Comedy
  • Coming of Age Fiction
  • Commercial Fiction
  • Contemporary Fantasy
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Contemporary Realistic
  • Crime Fiction
    • Whodunit Fiction
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Detective Fiction
  • Disaster Thriller
  • Drama Fiction
  • Dystopian
  • Epic Fiction
  • Erotic Fiction
  • Espionage
  • Ethnic Fiction
  • Faction
  • Fable
  • Fairy Tale
  • Family Saga
  • Fan Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Fiction (General?)
  • Flash Fiction
  • Folklore & Mythology
  • Folktale
  • Gay Fiction
  • Ghost Story
  • Glitz Fiction
  • Gothic Fiction
  • Graphic Novel & Comics
  • Hardboiled Crime
  • Historical Fiction
  • Horror (special thanks to Horror on Screen – Perspective)
    • Body Horror
    • Comedy Horror
    • Creepy Kid
    • Gore & Disturbing
      • Cannibal
      • Extreme (crossed with Psychological)
      • Splatter (crossed with Psychological)
      • Torture
    • Gothic Horror
    • Horror Romance
    • Killer
      • Backwoods & Redneck (crossed with Monster)
      • Crime & Giallo (crossed with Psychological)
      • Home Invasion (crossed with Psychological)
      • Slasher
    • Monster
      • Aliens (crossed with Paranormal)
      • Animals & Nature
      • Backwoods & Redneck (crossed with Killer)
      • Classic & Mythological
      • Devil & Demon & Hell (crossed with Paranormal)
      • Giant Monsters
      • Neo-Monsters
      • Small Creatures
      • Vampire
      • Werewolf
      • Zombies (??)
    • Paranormal
      • Alien (crossed with Monster)
      • Devil & Demon & Hell (crossed with Monster) 
      • Ghost & Spirits
      • Haunted House
      • Possession
      • Witches & Occult
      • Supernatural
    • Psychological
      • Crime & Giallo (crossed with Killer)
      • Extreme (crossed with Gore & Disturbing)
      • Fanaticism
      • Home Invasion (crossed with Killer)
      • Madness & Paranoia (crossed with Killer)
      • Phobia & Isolation
      • Splatter (crossed with  Gore & Disturbing)
    • Zombies (??)
      • Undead
      • Virus
  • Inspirational Fiction
  • Legal Fiction
  • Lesbian Fiction
  • Literacy Fiction
  • Magical Realism
  • Mainstream Fiction
  • Manga
  • Military Fiction
  • Modern Fiction
  • Monster Fiction
  • Multicultural Fiction
  • Murder Mystery
  • Mystery
  • Mythic Fiction
  • Narrative Fiction
  • New Adult
  • Noir
  • Occult Fiction
  • Paranoid Fiction
  • Paranormal Fiction
  • Parody
  • Period Piece Fiction
  • Philosophical Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Police Procedural
  • Political Fiction
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Prose
  • Psychological Fiction
  • Psychological Thriller
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Romance
  • Romance Comedy
  • Satirical Fiction
  • Science Fiction
    • Anthropological science fiction
    • Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction
    • Biopunk
    • Christian science fiction
    • Climate fiction
    • Comic science fiction
    • Cyberpunk
    • Dieselpunk
    • Dying Earth
    • Feminist science fiction
    • Gothic science fiction
    • Libertarian science fiction
    • Military science fiction
    • Mundane science fiction
    • Planetary romance
    • Social science fiction
    • Space opera
    • Space western
    • Steampunk
    • Apocalyptic
    • Parallel
    • Dystopian
  • Short Story
  • Slasher Fiction
  • Slice of Life Fiction
  • Southern Fiction
  • Southern Gothic
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Sports Fiction
  • Spy Fiction
  • Steampunk Fiction
  • Supernatural Fiction
  • Survival Fiction
  • Suspense
  • Techno-Thriller
  • Thriller
  • Tragedy
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Upmarket Fiction
  • Urban Fiction
  • Utopian Fiction
  • Vampire Fiction
  • Werewolf Fiction
  • Western
  • Women’s Fiction

Literature

  • Literacy Fiction
  • Literature

Nonfiction

  • Activity & Game Books
  • Animals and Pets
  • Antiques & Collectibles
  • Architecture Book
  • Art Book
  • Art, Architecture & Photography
  • Astrology & Divination
  • Autobiography
  • Beauty Book
  • Bibles & Christianity
  • Biography
  • Biography
  • Business Book
  • Business Books
  • Celebrity Nonfiction
  • Child Guidance Book
  • Christian Nonfiction
  • Computer Book
  • Computers
  • Cookbook
  • Cookbooks, Food & Wine
  • Cooking Book
  • Crafts & Hobbies
  • Crafts Book
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Cultural and Social Issues
  • Current Affairs & Politics
  • Current Affairs and Events
  • Dating Book
  • Design Book
  • Diet Book
  • Diet, Health & Fitness
  • Economics Book
  • Education
  • Education Book
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment Book
  • Environment Book
  • Ethnic Nonfiction
  • Family Book
  • Fashion Book
  • Film Book
  • Finance and Money
  • Fitness Book
  • Food and Drinks Book
  • Foreign Languages
  • Gardening Book
  • Gay Nonfiction
  • General Nonfiction
  • Gift and Novelty
  • Government
  • Health Book
  • History
  • Home & Garden
  • How-to
  • Humor
  • Humor Nonfiction
  • Inspirational Nonfiction
  • Investigative Nonfiction
  • Journalism Book
  • Law
  • Legal Nonfiction
  • Lesbian Nonfiction
  • Lifestyle
  • Medical and Medicine
  • Medicine & Nursing Books
  • Memoir Definition
  • Military Nonfiction
  • Mind, Body, Spirit
  • Multicultural Nonfiction
  • Music Book
  • Narrative Nonfiction
  • Nature Book
  • New Adult Nonfiction
  • New Age & Alternative Beliefs
  • New Age Book
  • Nonfiction
  • Nutrition
  • Parenting
  • Performing Arts
  • Personal Development
  • Pets
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Political Nonfiction
  • Pop Culture
  • Practical Nonfiction
  • Prescriptive Nonfiction
  • Psychology
  • Reference
  • Relationship
  • Religion
  • Religious Nonfiction
  • Role-Playing & Fantasy Games
  • Science
  • Science & Technology
  • Self Help
  • Self-Help & Relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Social Sciences
  • Spirituality
  • Sports
  • Study Aids & Test Prep
  • Style
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Travel
  • True Adventure
  • True Crime
  • Upmarket Nonfiction
  • War
  • Weddings
  • Wellness
  • Women’s Issues
  • Women’s Studies

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