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The most popular book genres right now

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Whether your preference is to curl up on the sofa or to find a peaceful outside space, reading a book is a glorious thing to do. From releases like The Missing Husband to classic books such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s a stress-reducing activity that can not only relax us but also catapult us into another world as we immerse ourselves in a great read.

Of course, people do also opt for more modern-day entertainment options given the tech-based world we now live in. For some people, the opportunity to watch the big match on a sophisticated iPad device appeals more than sitting down and reading for a few hours. Likewise, given the rise in usage of smartphone devices, others opt to play popular mobile games like Pokemon Go and the Book of Atem slot, an Egyptian-themed progressive jackpot game. Thankfully, though, reading a book is still a highly desirable thing to do for a large section of society, especially given the sheer amount of classic titles from a range of different genres. In fact, from romance to mystery to science fiction, the sheer amount of book genres and the books which fall into them is almost never-ending. But which genres are most popular right now? Let’s take a look at some of them below.

Crime and thriller

Given the emotions these types of books evoke, crime and thriller publications will always be in high demand. Thrillers engulf the reader and enable them to delve deeper into the darker side of life, while also being hooked on a potential plot as they aim to solve a crime or hope their favourite character manages to survive a traumatic time. Popular books by the likes of Lee Child can have people gripped from the very off, therefore making crime and thriller a hugely attractive book genre to dive into.



Whether it’s a contemporary or historical romance release, it’s a genre that has been one of the more popular for a number of years. These types of creations not only provide an emotional reading experience but generally serve up a positive, heartwarming ending. Of course, it’s a hugely rich area that is filled with sub-genres, but the go-to option for many romance enthusiasts is generally contemporary romance and historical romance. In the contemporary category, the likes of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks are worth checking out, and from the historical side, books like An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole are excellent.

Fantasy and Sci-fi

One of the most appealing aspects of tucking into a good book is the way in which it can catapult you into another world, enabling you to switch off from any stresses in real life and experience a fantasy land. This is perhaps best illustrated by fantasy and sci-fi books. In fact, it’s a massive genre with some instantly recognisable releases doing extremely well in recent times. Popular books from this particular category include the likes of The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Hobbit. Overall, though, this particular genre is packed full of solid options

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Given the way in which people tend to want to improve themselves as life advances, religious books can become extremely beneficial to some. Essentially self-help books, religious releases of this type are founded on religious doctrine and can enable someone to feel supported when they’re perhaps feeling lost and isolated. Depending on the religion, there is an extensive selection of titles that can make a real difference to someone’s life.

Other popular genres include children’s books, mystery, dystopian, and biography and autobiography.

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  • Catherine

    I’ve just gone through a phase of reading thrillers and crime fiction but the stories started to sound quite similar. Because of my blog I I read a lot of middle grade and young adult fiction, there are some fabulous children’s books being published right now 🙂


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