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4 Reading Genres You Should Explore Further

Having a favorite genre can box you into reading just one style of story. Do you like to read sci-fi, romance, or mystery novels? If you have a favorite category and find yourself sticking to that category only, we recommend you expand your tastes. We have listed a few genres that you should explore if you haven't already.

1. Classics

Classic literature consists of hundreds of popular books that have stood the test of time. Titles like Wuthering Heights, Les Miserables, and Pride & Prejudice have stood the test of time and sold millions of copies. They were groundbreaking stories at the time of publication and are still impactful pieces of literature today. These books have inspired many authors in our time, and you should take some time to read any classic you can get your hands on.

2. Fantasy

Fantasy works mainly focus on fictional worlds that consist of magic, supernatural themes, and mythology. Authors provide readers with a world that's different from ours while also being similar in various ways. A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of fantasy books that consists of dragons, magic, and "white walkers", while also focusing on issues surrounding classism, feminism, and politics.

3. Romance

Romance typically caters to female readers who are partial to the genre. But romance novels are for everyone, including men. According to the numbers from the global book publishing market, romance was responsible for $1.44 billion of the total revenue generated from book sales—topping the list. This category is divided into sub-genres such as contemporary romance, period romance, historical, and erotica. The genre inspires empathy and allows individuals to understand each other better.

4. Memoirs

Memoirs are a form of non-fiction that closely resembles autobiographical works. However, memoirs can be more personal and focus on particular periods in a person's life. Unlike an autobiography, a memoir doesn't focus on facts or dates but rather on the moments in life that have significantly impacted their personal growth. Author Stephanie Hart’s release Mirror Mirror: A Collection of Memoirs and Stories is a good place to begin your exploration of this genre.

I, Stephanie Hart, have written about a mother-daughter relationship by focusing on some crucial moments in my life. The book is divided into five sections where I recount my experiences and try to come to terms with my past. I have also published Clouds Like Horses and Other Stories and the novel Is There Any Way Out of Sixth Grade?

You can read an excerpt from my memoir or learn more about my work here.

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