The Master List of Book Genres: 95 Fiction & Nonfiction Genres

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Not sure what genre your current book is? We’re here to help! We’ve compiled the ultimate list of book genres to put your confusion to bed once and for all. 

When you go through all the work of self-publishing your book, the last thing you want to do is mislabel it. That’s where our master list of book genres comes in. This list of book genres will help you to definitively place your book, so it can be found and shared by your target readers. 

Sometimes, your book will encompass more than one genre. In fact, it could be a mix of four or five genres! Our list of book genres will help you determine precisely how to label your book – and ensure it receives the love it deserves. 

So, without further ado, let’s dive into the only book genres list you’ll ever need. 


The Ultimate List of Book Genres (Both Fiction and Nonfiction)

Here is the definitive list of book genres that are used today. The first 79 items in our list of book genres are types of fiction, followed by all the nonfiction genres. They are listed in alphabetical order for ease of navigation.  

1. Action/Adventure fiction

The first genre in our list of book genres is action & adventure fiction. Action & adventure books contain a risk-filled journey and a thrilling series of action sequences. The threat of danger is ever-present, and the plot moves quickly. 

Examples: The Ryanverse series by Tom Clancy and Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

2. Children’s fiction

Children’s fiction includes made-up stories that are written specifically for children. They cover themes and language that are age-appropriate and can contain many different book genres and subgenres within the pages. 

Examples: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne.

3. Classic fiction

Classics are fictional books that have stood the test of time and are considered exceptional works of literature. Classic fiction is often used in academic discussions. 

Examples: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. 

4. Contemporary fiction

Contemporary fiction stories are set in modern times and don’t contain any elements of fantasy (see below). These stories give the reader a window into a specific human experience. Some may be written for entertainment, and others may be written as political or social statements. 

Examples: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. 

5. Fantasy 

Fantasy is undoubtedly one of the most popular genres in our list of book genres. Books in the fantasy genre include supernatural or magical elements. These can be set on Earth, or in completely made-up worlds. A fantasy book series is not bound by the laws of science, physics, or even reality. 

There are many subgenres of fantasy, including:

6. Dark fantasy 

Dark fantasy books are written in a tone that evokes a feeling of dread. They feature morally gray characters and often include elements of horror. Sometimes the story is told from a villain or monster’s point of view. In dark fantasy, the events that might shock in an actual horror book are portrayed as normal. 

Examples: The Dark Tower series by Stephen King and American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

7. Fairy tales

No list of book genres would be complete without fairy tales. The stories of Hans Christian Anderson and the Grimm Brothers are what we most associate with “classic” fairy tales. They rely on themes of good vs. evil, contain a moral lesson (often for children), and usually end with a “happily ever after.” 

Examples: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine and The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer.

8. Folktales

A folktale is a story or legend that originated in a particular region or group of people and was passed down through generations. Most folktales are hundreds of years old, but modern fantasy writers often take inspiration from these tales. 

Examples: Momotaro and Arabian Nights.

9. Heroic fantasy 

Heroic fantasy centers around a “hero” on a quest, and relies heavily on themes of good vs. evil. 

Examples: The Kingkiller Chronicle series by Patrick Rothfuss and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

10. High fantasy

There is often confusion between high fantasy vs. low fantasy. The easiest way to distinguish the two is that high fantasy is set in an alternate or secondary world. There is often a quest involved, as well as high stakes like preventing the end of the world or conquering an evil overlord. 

High fantasy books tend to have lots of characters and a high page count – and are therefore sometimes called “epic fantasy” books. 

Examples: A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin and the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. 

11. Historical fantasy

Historical fantasy stories are set in during an easily recognizable historical period – but with magic added in. 

Examples: Babel by R.F. Kuang and Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

12. Low fantasy

Low fantasy is a fantasy story that is set on Earth, where magic interacts with humans. It often has a more intimate and personal story arc than high fantasy stories. 

Examples: The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. 

13. Magical realism

Some consider magical realism to be its own genre, and others a subgenre of fantasy. This genre doesn’t contain magical creatures, but instead focuses on magical things that happen in our world. There is a general underpinning of magic that is often portrayed as commonplace. 

Examples: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.

14. Mythic fantasy 

Mythic fantasy centers around mythology, most often Greek or Roman mythology. The story may focus on the gods themselves, on their descendants, or on humans who interact with the gods.  

Examples: Circe by Madeline Miller and Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan. 

15. Urban fantasy 

Urban fantasy is a fantasy book set in a city. These stories are usually set in the real world (low fantasy) and are about the relations between humans and supernatural beings.  

Examples: The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

16. Graphic novel

Graphic novels are works that are highly illustrated, with a series of comic panels and speech bubbles to tell the story. Graphic novels aren’t limited in terms of scope and can be used to cover many different book genres in our list of genres. 

You will find lots of fantasy and sci-fi graphic novels, but also nonfiction, historical fiction, and classics! 

Examples: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Watchmen by Alan Moore.

17. Historical fiction

Next on our list of book genres is historical fiction. These are fiction books that are inspired by real events in history but are not factual retellings. They allow readers to be transported into the past through the eyes of one or more characters.  

Examples: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

18. Horror

Every list of book genres needs a little horror in the mix! Horror is an increasingly popular book genre, with many subgenres nested under it. Horror stories are fictional works meant to disturb or frighten. Some horror subgenres include:

19. Body horror

Body horror features graphic mutilations, disfigurations, or violations of the human body.

Examples: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

20. Comedy horror

Comedy horror books are one of the more interesting (and contradictory) on the list of book genres. They are just as likely to make you laugh as they are to make you scream. They are often referred to as “black comedies,” and rely heavily on the unexpected. 

Examples: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix and Man, F*ck This House by Brian Asman.

21. Gothic horror

Gothic horror features a battle between humanity and unnatural evil forces. The overall feel of gothic books is quite bleak and gloomy, and they are often set in castles or old manor houses. There is often a descent into madness involved. 

Examples: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Dracula by Bram Stoker.

22. Lovecraftian/Cosmic horror

Lovecraftian horror, also known as “cosmic horror” was popularized by the author H.P. Lovecraft (Imagine inventing your own category in the long list of book genres!). Lovecraftian novels assume that there are otherworldly forces that once ruled the Earth and are here again to destroy us. It relies on the dread that things are outside of your control. 

Examples: The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft and The Croning by Laird Barron.

23. Paranormal horror

Paranormal horror includes supernatural themes such as hauntings, curses, and possessions.

Examples: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.

24. Post-apocalyptic horror

Post-apocalyptic horror is set after our civilization has collapsed. It examines how we survive amidst zombies, plagues, climate change, or whatever disaster wiped humanity out.

Examples: The Stand by Stephen King and I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

25. Psychological horror

Psychological horror plays with your mind and twists your thoughts. There doesn’t need to be any monster for the fear to work its magic. Psychological books play with paranoia and self-doubt.

Examples: Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris and House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

26. Quiet horror

Quiet horror or “soft horror” leaves out the graphic scenes of some of the other horror types on our list of book genres. Instead of graphic violence, it relies on the atmosphere and mood to completely creep you out. 

Examples: December Park by Ronald Malfi and The Woman in Black by Susan Hill.

27. Slasher

Slasher books contain sociopathic villains who are trying to kill the protagonists. They feature a lot of violence and suspense.

Examples: Psycho by Robert Bloch and The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum.

28. LGBTQ+ 

Any fiction book that places LGBTQ+ characters at the forefront is considered LGBTQ+ fiction. It can otherwise fall into a number of genres on this master list of book genres.

Examples: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

29. Literary fiction

Literary fiction is fiction writing that is considered highly valuable and artistic. These books often cover serious topics that make the reader stop and think. They can blend with many genres in this list of book genres. 

Examples: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. 

30. Mystery

One of the most fun genres in our master list of book genres is mystery. Mystery books contain an event (often a murder or a crime) that remains a mystery until the end of the book. These page-turners keep you guessing and often feature big plot twists. 

Some subgenres of mystery include:

31. Caper

The first mystery subgenre on our list of book genres is capers. Capers are usually told from the point of view of the thief. They are light-hearted and humorous mysteries that focus on how (and if) they can get away with the crime. 

Examples: The Heist by Daniel Silva and The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons by Lawrence Block.

32. Cozy mystery

Cozy mysteries are not grim or gruesome. They are light-hearted, and usually set in small towns where a crime is solved by an amateur detective – often a woman. 

Examples: A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette and Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano.

33. Gumshoe/Detective mystery

Detective mysteries don’t have direct police tie-ins, and the mystery is solved directly by a professional or amateur detective. 

Examples: The Terry Orr series by Jim Fusilli and the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs.

34. Historical mystery

Many items in this list of book genres are crossovers between two different book genres. Historical mysteries are fictional mysteries set in a historic time period.

Examples: Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara and Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia. 

35. Howdunnits

Unlike the other mystery types on our list of book genres, Howdunit mysteries are not about finding the perpetrator. In fact, they usually tell you who committed the crime straight away – and then focus on answering HOW the crime was committed. 

Examples: A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin and The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester.

36. Locked room mystery

Next on the ultimate book genres list are locked room mystery books. These books cover “impossible” crimes – such as a murder committed in a windowless room that was locked from the inside. OR – they feature a small group of characters stuck together in a confined space. 

Examples: Malice by Keigo Higashino and One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. 

37. Noir

Noir books, like film noir, involve classic morally-compromised detectives in trench coats solving crimes. Noir stories are usually set in gritty cities and have a dark or bleak atmosphere. 

Examples: The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett and Queenpin by Megan Abbott.

38. Procedural/Hard-boiled mystery

Hard-boiled mysteries are more hardcore than other mystery types on our list of book genres. They include more violent, sex, and graphic details, and often include forensic science and autopsy reports – closely following an actual police procedure.

Examples: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and I, the Jury by Mickey Spillane.

39. Supernatural mystery

Supernatural mysteries combine elements of two other items on our book genres list: horror and fantasy. They involve mysteries that appear to include supernatural elements (which may or may not be explained with non-supernatural solutions).

Examples: The Enigma of Room 622 by Joël Dicker and The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie.

40. New adult

New adult books are a newly developing genre of fiction with protagonists in the 18–29 age range. New adult fiction includes more adult themes and graphic sex scenes than young adult books but still focuses on story arcs about coming-of-age of finding identity.

Examples: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire and The Deal by Elle Kennedy.

41. Romance

Nothing on our list of book genres is read as voraciously as romance novels. Romance books turn some real profit for authors and center around would-be lovers and the obstacles they face in getting together.

Some subgenres of romance include:

42. Contemporary romance

Contemporary romance books take place in modern day and feature more relatable and realistic situations. 

Examples: Beach Read by Emily Henry and The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood.

43. Dark romance

Dark romance is one of the most intense items on our list of book genres. It contains morally-gray characters and very mature content. These stories often come with trigger warnings, and center around plots of trauma and violence such as stalking, kidnapping, sex trafficking, or the mafia. 

Examples: Asking for It by Lilah Pace and Haunting Adeline by H.D. Carlton.

44. Erotic romance

Erotic romance books focus on the buildup of sexual interactions and explicit sex scenes between characters. 

Examples: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James and Bared to You by Sylvia Day. 

45. Fantasy romance (Romantasy)

Like others on this list of book genres, fantasy romance books mix (you guessed it) two genres. In this example, it’s fantasy and romance. They follow a typical romance book formula but are set in fantasy worlds. 

Examples: Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

46. Gothic romance

Gothic romance novels are dark and gloomy and focus on the hurdles women face to be with the person they love. There are often secrets and mysteries involved, and they are usually set in old manor houses. 

Examples: Shadows of Swanford Abbey by Julie Klassen and Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood.

47. Historical romance

Historical romance stories are romance books set in a specific historic era. 

Examples: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. 

48. Paranormal romance

Paranormal romance books usually feature romantic partners that are supernatural – such as vampires or werewolves. 

Examples: The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer and the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. 

49. Regency

Regency romance novels are typically set during the Regency Era in England (1795–1837) and focus on the societal norms of that time. Think balls, walks on the promenade, and marriages with much ado. 

Examples: The Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn and Arabella by Georgette Heyer. 

50. Romantic comedy

Romantic comedy books are precisely how they sound – romance books with ridiculous events and obstacles that will make you laugh out loud.

Examples: Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean and Shortcake by Lucy Watson.

51. Romantic suspense

Romantic suspense novels are closely tied with gothic romance – which is where they first originated. You can think of romantic suspense novels as being about 50% romance and 50% suspense/mystery.

Examples: Verity by Colleen Hoover and The Witness by Nora Roberts. 

52. Sci-fi romance

Sci-fi romance is a romance story with a science fiction setting or plot line. This could revolve around space travel, time travel, or any other sci-fi theme (see below). 

Examples: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer. 

53. Satire

Satire books use humor and irony to poke fun at (or discredit) politics, systems of government, or societal norms. 

Examples: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller and Animal Farm by George Orwell. 

54. Science fiction

On our list of book genres, science fiction is most closely related to fantasy, with made-up worlds and species. But where science fiction and fantasy differ is that science and technology are at the root of science fiction stories. They still follow the laws of physics and possibility – not magic.  

Here are some of the subgenres of science fiction (also known as “sci-fi”):

55. Apocalyptic sci-fi

Apocalyptic science fiction takes place after an apocalyptic event and focuses on how the remaining humans survive. It is similar to post-apocalyptic horror but focuses more on the reality of life and less on scare tactics and monsters. 

Examples: Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler and Earth Abides by George R. Stewart. 

56. Colonization sci-fi

Colonization science fiction books focus on colonizing a new planet or settlement after the Earth has been destroyed.

Examples: Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson and The Word for World Is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin

57. Hard sci-fi

Hard science fiction books place a heavy emphasis on math, physics, chemistry, engineering, or other sciences. They have realistic science based on currently proven facts. 

Examples: The Martian by Andy Weir and The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin.

58. Military sci-fi

Military science fiction books focus on a battle between two groups. This may be on Earth, in space, or between multiple planets. 

Examples: Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

59. Mind uploading sci-fi

Mind uploading sci-fi focused on the concept that your consciousness can be uploaded or downloaded into another body or computer. This could be through alien intervention, complete brain transplants, or technology. 

Examples: Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan and Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty.

60. Parallel world sci-fi

Parallel world science fiction deals with alternate realities. Characters pass through multiple worlds very similar to their own with interesting consequences. 

Examples: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and the Firebird series by Claudia Gray.

61. Soft sci-fi

While hard sci-fi focuses on the sciences and the “how” behind sci-fi plots, soft sci-fi focuses more on the human element. Soft sci-fi books examine politics, social constructs, and relationships amid a sci-fi backdrop. 

Examples: 1984 by George Orwell and The Giver by Lois Lowry.

62. Space opera

Space operas are action books that are set in outer space. They often are long-running epic series. 

Examples: The Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert and The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells.

63. Space western 

Take a western book and put it in outer space, and you have a space western. Thinks lawless frontiers, morally-gray characters, and lots of shoot-outs.  

Examples: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and Persephone Station by Stina Leicht.

64. Steampunk

Steampunk books are a mix of the past and future. They feature steam-powered technology and 19th- and 20th-century aesthetics combined with futuristic elements.
 

Examples: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld and Soulless by Gail Carriger.

65. Short story 

Next on our list of book genres is short stories. Short stories are stories that are anywhere from 1,000 – 15,000 words in length, and they can be a mix of any topics on our list of genres.

Examples: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and How to Become a Writer by Lorrie Moore.

66. Thriller

Another popular genre on our list of book genres is thrilled. A thriller often shares many attributes of mystery novels, but not all mysteries are thrillers, and not all thrillers are mysteries. So what differentiates these two items on our list of book genres?

Thrillers are meant to evoke anxiety and tension and are first and foremost about the protagonist trying to save or protect themselves. Some subgenres of thriller fiction include:

67. Action thriller

Action thrillers include fast plot lines, violence, high-speed chases, and a life-changing journey for the protagonist. 

Examples: The Summer House by James Patterson and The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci.

68. Conspiracy thriller

In conspiracy thrillers, the protagonist is up against a powerful organization after discovering a conspiracy that puts their life at risk. 

Examples: Deception Point by Dan Brown and Private Moscow by James Patterson.

69. Disaster thriller

Disaster thrillers are written about natural or man-made disasters, such as volcanoes, tsunamis, or nuclear attacks.

Examples: One Second After by William R. Forstchen and Ashfall by Mike Mullin.

70. Espionage thriller

Espionage thrillers feature spies or secret agents as the protagonists. They usually need to infiltrate a foreign government or crime ring. 

Examples: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre and the Jason Bourne series by Robert Ludlum. 

71. Forensic thriller

Forensic thrillers rely on finding evidence such as DNA or fingerprints to catch the perpetrator. 

Examples: The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver and the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell. 

72. Historical thriller

Historical thrillers are thrillers set in a specific time period. They often include real historical events and conspiracies. 

Examples: The Devils of Cardona by Matthew Carr and The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Legal thrillers center around court and legal dilemmas. The protagonist can be a lawyer or someone wrongfully accused.

Examples: The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly and A Time to Kill by John Grisham.

74. Paranormal thriller

Paranormal thrillers add paranormal or supernatural elements to a typical thriller plot.

Examples: The Outsider by Stephen King and Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak.

75. Psychological thriller

Psychological thrillers are one of the most popular types of thriller on our list of book genres. These thrillers put the protagonist’s sanity at risk along with their physical safety. Because the protagonists are unstable, they are often unreliable narrators. 

Examples: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides and The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn.

76. Religious thriller

Religious thrillers are written about religious secrets or stolen religious artifacts. There may be dangerous cults involved. 

Examples: The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

77. Western

A classic American genre on our list of book genres is Western fiction. These books take place in the American Old West and feature plots with cattle ranches, bounty hunters, and shootouts. 

Examples: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry and Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.

78. Women’s fiction

Women’s fiction can cover a variety of topics on our list of book genres and refers to any book written about the female experience or the role of women in society.

Examples: The Five-Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand and Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.

79. Young adult

Like women’s fiction, young adult fiction can cover most topics on our list of book genres, but they are written for and about young adults, typically between ages 13-17. These books often cover coming-of-age story arcs and the trials of adolescence.   

Examples: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle and A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

80. Art & photography

While all the topics leading up to this point were fiction, the rest of the items on our list of book genres are nonfiction topics. These are factual books about real life. 

The first nonfiction topic on our list of book genres is art and photography. Art and photography books can be written about art, or be more visual books that showcase art and photography. These make great coffee table books.  

Examples: Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton and Art: The Definitive Visual Guide by Andrew Graham Dixon.

81. Autobiography/Memoir

Memoirs and autobiographies are written by the author about their own life. They focus on the author’s life trials and accomplishments. 

Examples: Becoming by Michelle Obama and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

82. Biography

Biographies are books written about an important or interesting person, usually after they have died, and often cover the entire span of the person’s life. 

Examples: A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar and Prince: A Private View by Afshin Shahidi.

83. Essays

An essay is a short piece of writing where the author gives their thoughts (and often an argument) on a specific topic. They may be reflections and observations of the author, or a political statement. 

Examples: Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin and Once More to the Lake by E. B. White.

84. Food & drink

Next on our list of book genres are cookbooks! Cookbooks can be simple collections of recipes, or contain information about the chef’s life or home country. They can cover food, beverages, or both. 

Examples: Half-Baked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard and The Ultimate Bar Book by Mittie Hellmich.

85. History

Historical nonfiction is a well-researched, factual accounting of a historical event or time period. 

Examples: The Lessons of History by Will & Ariel Durant and The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber & David Wengrow.

86. How-To/Guides

How-to books teach the reader how to get better at a craft, skill, or hobby, or give them an overview of all the information they need to know on a specific topic. 

Examples: The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing by Zachary Petit and How to Read Tarot by Jessica Wiggan. 

87. Humanities & social sciences

The next item on our list of book genres covers a number of topics. Books in the humanities study human society and relationships – and can include anthropology, sociology, politics, and many other subjects.

Examples: Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller and Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. 

88. Humor

Humor books are written with one goal in mind – to make the reader laugh! They are often satirical essays or memoirs. 

Examples: Bossypants by Tina Fey and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling.

89. Parenting 

Parenting books teach parents how to raise their children – including how to prepare for their arrival!

Examples: Raising Good Humans by Hunter Clarke-Fields and The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel.

90. Philosophy

Philosophy nonfiction explores ethics, moral dilemmas, and the purpose of life on earth.  

Examples: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.

91. Religion & spirituality 

Books on religion and spirituality cover a range of topics, from actual religious texts like the Bible and the Quran to books on spiritual philosophies, mindfulness, and energy healing.

Examples: The Untethered Soul by Michael Alan Singer and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.

92. Science & technology 

Science and technology books are written about the sciences – either to help readers have a greater understanding of them or to teach about the evolution of technology. 

Examples: The Joy of Science by Jim Al-Khalili and A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.

93. Self-help

One of the most popular nonfiction genres on our list of book genres is self-help. Self-help books cover topics from finances to organization to mental health and help readers improve themselves in some way. 

Examples: Atomic Habits by James Clear and The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. 

94. Travel

Undoubtedly one of the most fun nonfiction topics on our list of genres is travel. Travel books can be travel guides to various countries or memoirs of the author’s own travels. 

Examples: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and Down Under by Bill Bryson.

95. True crime

The last item on our master list of book genres is true crime. True crime books describe actual crimes from start to finish.

Examples: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara.


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