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Americana
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The Americana genre is loosely defined as books (fiction and non fiction) that seek to distill American life and the uniquely American experience at a par...Show more The Americana genre is loosely defined as books (fiction and non fiction) that seek to distill American life and the uniquely American experience at a particular moment in time. Of course, America is experienced in markedly different ways, so the genre offers a wide range of perspectives. Show less
Dystopia Fiction
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Dystopia is a type of speculative fiction in which authors critique or call attention to problematic political systems, societal norms, or trends by creat...Show more Dystopia is a type of speculative fiction in which authors critique or call attention to problematic political systems, societal norms, or trends by creating a “worst-case scenario” futuristic universe. It is often characterized by a lack of freedom, an appearance of a “perfect” society, and a tyrannical controlling force that manifests through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, or philosophical/religious control. Protagonists in dystopia fiction struggle with a sense of powerlessness, an awareness of the flaws and dangers present in their society, and a desire to escape their situation. This can be achieved, or attempted, by fighting against the oppressive system or rulers set in place by staging a rebellion or a general escape. Dystopia fiction is often connected with apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic fiction, in which characters live during a destructive event or have memories of a time before said apocalyptic event occurred. These two often overlap due to the prevalent “worst-case scenario” theme that typically occurs in each of the genres. Show less
Fantasy
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Fantasy is a type of speculative fiction that imagines worlds different from our own; often, there are magical and supernatural elements. Settings are cla...Show more Fantasy is a type of speculative fiction that imagines worlds different from our own; often, there are magical and supernatural elements. Settings are classically Medieval, but not always. The genre frequently concerns itself with epic sagas of the confrontation between forces of good and evil. There are often quests, magical items of great power, wizards, knights, kings and queens, dragons, and all other manner of creatures. The main appeal of the genre is the ability to be totally immersed in another world that can be so different from our own. Show less
Horror
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Horror is a unique genre in that its focus is not necessarily on the style or subject matter, but rather on the emotions that the stories evoke for the au...Show more Horror is a unique genre in that its focus is not necessarily on the style or subject matter, but rather on the emotions that the stories evoke for the audience. Fear, terror, loathing, repulsion, and of course horror, all reign supreme in this genre. In horror, there is often a "dark presence" that either manifests itself as an otherworldly being, a supernatural creature, an obsession by a main character, or perhaps even a general feeling of dread. Despite all of this, there is a certain thrill involved in reading Horror. Show less
Humorous Mysteries
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A funny mystery accentuates amusing elements in a story about a crime and the investigation and discovery of who did it. The featured titles represent div...Show more A funny mystery accentuates amusing elements in a story about a crime and the investigation and discovery of who did it. The featured titles represent diverse characters in a variety of mystery subgenres while emphasizing humor and wit; some are laugh out loud funny! Show less
Inspirational Fiction
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While many understand Inspirational Fiction to be fiction by and/or about Christians, a more general definition of the genre would include novels that hig...Show more While many understand Inspirational Fiction to be fiction by and/or about Christians, a more general definition of the genre would include novels that highlight people overcoming adversity or reaching new levels of understanding. Whether on their own or with help from a higher power, the characters may inspire readers to believe change is possible in their own lives. Show less
Magical Realism
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Magical Realism is an ambiguous genre where magic is a natural part of an otherwise mundane, realistic environment. These titles represent magical element...Show more Magical Realism is an ambiguous genre where magic is a natural part of an otherwise mundane, realistic environment. These titles represent magical elements as an everyday, normal aspect of the world, so it remains an ingrained part of the characters' reality. Many Magical Realism authors employ a literary writing style, create an otherworldly atmosphere, and fill their worlds with subtlety in a way that asks readers to accept things as the way they are rather than search for explanations. Show less
Mystery
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A mystery is a story about a crime and the investigation and discovery of who did it. Mystery subgenres offer diverse choices to satisfy many reading tast...Show more A mystery is a story about a crime and the investigation and discovery of who did it. Mystery subgenres offer diverse choices to satisfy many reading tastes. * Cozy mysteries avoid explicit violence and brutal details. The sleuth may be an amateur or an expert. Historical mysteries take place in days long and not so long gone by. The sleuth may be an amateur or an expert. Police procedural: The finely-detailed, by-the-book investigations are often solved by a team consisting of detective and outside investigator. Private eye mysteries are the opposite of cozies and star hard-boiled, iconic, independent private investigators who are guided by their own moral compasses that often don’t quite jive with the law’s. Noir is moody, dark and often quite brutal. Some, but not all noir stars a private investigator. Show less
Noir Fiction
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Noir is a subgenre of crime fiction. Noir fiction is dark, pessimistic and often quite brutal. Noir takes inspiration from society’s moral angst and fre...Show more Noir is a subgenre of crime fiction. Noir fiction is dark, pessimistic and often quite brutal. Noir takes inspiration from society’s moral angst and frequently uses street lingo along with a spare writing style. Some, but not all noir stars a hard-boiled private investigator. Show less
Romance
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Cutting a swath through historical, contemporary and paranormal romance, this list includes titles that have Universal Romantic Appeal. They are highly ra...Show more Cutting a swath through historical, contemporary and paranormal romance, this list includes titles that have Universal Romantic Appeal. They are highly rated by readers of Romance, with authors and titles considered the best in the genre. By no means an exhaustive list, it is a good starting place for a romance newbie, or introduces some new titles if you’re already a Romance fan. (I've also included "heat level" -Mild, Warm, Hot - a quite subjective label. Read under advisement!) Show less
Science Fiction
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Science Fiction is a type of speculative fiction in which authors explore how technology and a greater understanding of the universe can change the world,...Show more Science Fiction is a type of speculative fiction in which authors explore how technology and a greater understanding of the universe can change the world, as well as telling the stories of those outside our familiar solar system. There are three main types of Science Fiction. Hard Science Fiction has a rigorous, almost academic application of scientific principles. It is often described as “dense,” and appeals to readers looking for a detailed, thoroughly-explained world. On the other end of the spectrum, Soft Science Fiction uses recognizable Science Fiction themes as a backdrop for a more-literary examination of life and philosophical ideas; the focal point is not the science itself. Space Operas follow grand conflicts that span the vastness of galaxies-- they have an epic scope and plenty of drama. Show less
Short Stories
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A short story is a brief yet complete work of fiction that can vary in length short-enough-to read-all-at-once to I'll-need-a-bookmark-for-this-one. Most ...Show more A short story is a brief yet complete work of fiction that can vary in length short-enough-to read-all-at-once to I'll-need-a-bookmark-for-this-one. Most short stories are character-driven and focus on a single event. Commonly anthologies or collections of short stories are published together into a single volume. Show less
Suspense
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Suspense (oftentimes connected with or known as "thriller") features a main character that experiences a certain level of danger or mystery with...Show more Suspense (oftentimes connected with or known as "thriller") features a main character that experiences a certain level of danger or mystery within the context of the story. Whether it is psychological or physical threat, the genre is defined more by the moods in which the story creates--a feeling of unease, anxiety, or astonishment. Characterized by mysterious circumstances, plot twists, cliffhangers, and “villain-driven” plots, this genre is often described as “edge of your seat” entertainment. Show less
True Crime
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True Crime is a non-fiction genre whose authors explore criminals and the crimes that they commit--these can be theft, forgery, murder, and any other mann...Show more True Crime is a non-fiction genre whose authors explore criminals and the crimes that they commit--these can be theft, forgery, murder, and any other manner of crimes punishable by law. These stories can be told from the point of view of the criminals themselves, or an examination of the crimes committed and the psychology behind committing such a crime. A genre that is appealing in its shock value, True Crime is popular in both literary and visual formats. Show less
Urban Fantasy
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Urban fantasy is a blend of the magic and the mundane, where the reader encounters the supernatural in a real-world urban setting. While often set in cont...Show more Urban fantasy is a blend of the magic and the mundane, where the reader encounters the supernatural in a real-world urban setting. While often set in contemporary times, they can take place in any time period, past or future. The setting is a place that has, does, or might one day really exist. Urban fantasy blends elements from contemporary fiction, fantasy, romance, and adventure, mystery, and can be on the pulpy end of the spectrum to the highly literary. Show less
Women's Fiction
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Women’s fiction is about women’s lives by women authors. Definitive examples offer likable female characters in a range of experiences and challenges from...Show more Women’s fiction is about women’s lives by women authors. Definitive examples offer likable female characters in a range of experiences and challenges from intense and powerful to lighter or funny stories. Relationships are central, usually focusing on family or friends more than romance. Show less
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