Do you have a favorite type of book, either fiction or non-fiction? Are you thinking about branching out and enjoying a new genre? If so, you might be interested in a list of book types or genres. See if any of the below sub-types catch your eye.
Books are either fiction or non-fiction. Non-fiction books contain factual information, such as biographies and history books. Fiction books contain a story which was made up by the author, such as romance or children's books.
Biographies are examples of non-fiction works. Most biographies are non-fiction, but not all non-fiction works are biographies by any means. We say "most" biographies, because a biography of a fictional character is really a fictional book.
Journals such as The Diary of Anne Frank is also a journal, but it is a non-fiction journal.
Other examples of non-fiction books are "how to" books and travel books.
The most commonly read works are works of fiction. Fiction books are ones that have been made up. Perhaps some of their elements are based on hints of truth, but they have been elaborated, fabricated, and used to embellish into a new story.
Some examples of classic fiction books are The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
The two types of books can be further divided into many different sub-types, called "genres." Here are some of the different genres of books which are available today. After we list all of them, we will discuss some of the more popular genres.
|Action and adventure||Art|
|Chick lit||Book review|
|Paranormal romance||Religion, spirituality, and new age|
|Science fiction||True crime|
Satires, in the most basic definition, are works making fun of some sort of person or institution. Political satires, such as A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, are quite popular works.
Generally, they are written to make fun of something, but that does not mean that it has to be a hysterical type of humor. The humor might be rather dark, and quite a number of times, it certainly is.
Students who have taken a class in college in Shakespeare or the Romantics probably know a thing or two about anthologies, since they are frequently on the "must buy" list for these sorts of classes. Anthologies are compilations of many different works. For example, you could purchase an anthology containing all of the works of Shakespeare.
In addition to the actual works, there will also usually be background information about the time period or the writer. Some of them will include critical discourses in the back, although they do not always have to.
Now that you know more about the different types of genres, you can continue exploring other works of fiction and non-fiction. Who knows? You may even find a new favorite! Interested in taking a stab at your own short story anthology? Take a look at these examples of short stories to help you get started!