Book Genre Survey


Our monthly list of books to vote on include our suggestions as well as member suggestions. Take the anonymous survey to let us know your favorite & least favorite genres which will help us compile a better list of global books from which to choose.

Below is a list of the genres included in the survey along with their descriptions. You'll have an opportunity to include comments in the survey as well.

Main Book Genres

Biography/autobiography: Narrative of a person's life; a true story about a real person

Chick lit: Fiction which addresses issues of modern womanhood, often humorously & lightheartedly

Crime/detective: Fiction about a crime, how the criminal gets caught & the repercussions of the crime

Essay: A literary composition that reflects the author's outlook or point

Fan fiction: Fiction written by a fan of, & featuring characters from, a particular TV series, movie, or book

Fantasy: Fiction with strange or otherworldly settings/characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality

Fiction: Story that is not real

Fiction classics: Fiction that has become part of an accepted literary canon, widely taught in schools

Folklore/mythology: The songs, stories, myths & proverbs of a people as handed down by word of mouth

Graphic novels: Narrative work in which the story is conveyed to the reader using sequential art in either an experimental design or in a traditional comics format

Historical fiction: Story with real and/or fictional characters/events which takes place in a setting located in the past

History: Nonfiction depicting the discovery, collection, organization or presentation of information about past events

Horror: Fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread & sometimes fear in both the characters & the reader

Humor: Book meant to entertain & often cause intended laughter

LGBTIQ: Book that has at its focus lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or questioning (LGBTIQ) individuals or relationships, and/or in which the character's LGBTIQ orientation matters to the story told

Magical realism: Story where magical or unreal elements play a natural part in an otherwise realistic environment

Mystery: Story dealing with the solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets

Narrative nonfiction: Factual information about a significant event presented in a format which tells a story

Nonfiction: An account or representation of a subject which is presented as fact

Paranormal: Story that involves an unusual experience often lacking a scientific explanation

Poetry: Literary art in which language is used for its aesthetic & evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its apparent meaning

Realistic fiction: Story that is true to life

Romance: A central love story with an emotionally-satisfying & optimistic ending

Science fiction: Story based on the impact of actual, imagined or potential science, usually set in the future or on other planets

Short story: Fiction of such brevity that it supports no subplots

Suspense/thriller: A story with tense excitement

Travel: Book has at its focus accounts of real or imaginary places

Western: Story typically set in the American Old West frontier occurring from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth century

Young adult: Fiction written for, published for, or marketed to adolescents & young adults roughly ages 13 to 18. Though not a genre per se, this is an important distinction as to type of book preferred