Book Types Genres aka Categories

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Do you have a favorite type of book, either fiction or nonfiction? Are you thinking about branching out and enjoying a new genre? If so, a list of book types or genres can help

Two Different Types of Books

Most readers already understand that all books are classified as either fiction or nonfiction. Within these two types of books, you’ll find dozens of more specific types, or genres.

Nonfiction Books

Nonfiction books contain factual information, such as biographies and history books.
Examples of nonfiction books include textbooks and guides.

Most biographies are nonfiction. We say "most" biographies, because a biography of a fictional character is really a fictional book.

The Diary of Anne Frank is nonfiction and a journal, making it a nonfiction journal. Most dictionaries and encyclopedias are nonfiction because they contain facts about words. Travel books such as an atlas are nonfiction. How to books that teach real skills,Like the classic Betty Crocker Cookbook are considered factual – aka non-fiction.

Fiction Books

Fiction books contain a story that the author made up, such as romance or children's books. The most commonly read works are works of fiction. 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 as follows:

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill A Mockingbird by HarperLee
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

If there were a contest to determine whether there were more fiction or non-fiction books, fiction would win hands down. There are way more fiction books than non-fiction. Our culture is one of stories and fictional stories have been used to pass down knowledge and have helped early mankind to make sense of the world. We no longer use fiction to pass on information as much, but we do use it for entertainment. Many people like the idea of escaping into a story.

Every typical library has a large fiction section, most often larger than the non-fiction section. Fiction sells more so countless authors write fiction to try to tap into such a huge market. Nobody can give actual numbers but there are definitely more fiction novels written every year than non-fiction. One current source guestimates that there are 129,864,880 books fiction books in the world. My guesstimate is that 22% of all books are non-fiction. So that would give us about 29 million non-fiction books. 

List of typical book genres

The two types of books can be further divided into many different subtypes, called genres. I like to call them categories. All of my books other than about less than ten children’s books are non-fiction. Here are some of the different genres and types of books available today according to

Fiction                                           Nonfiction
Action and adventure                     Art/architecture
Alternate history                            Autobiography
Anthology                                     Biography
ChickLit                                        Business/economics
Children's                                     Crafts/hobbies
Classic                                          Cookbook
Comic book                                   Diary
Coming-of-age                               Dictionary
Crime                                            Encyclopedia
Drama                                          Guide
Fairytale                                        Health/fitness
Fantasy                                         History
Graphic novel                                 Home and garden
Historical fiction                              Humor
Horror                                           Journal
Mystery                                         Math
Paranormal romance                       Memoir
Picture book                                   Philosophy
Poetry                                            Prayer
Political thriller                                Religion, spirituality, and new age
Romance                                        Textbook
Satire                                             True crime
Science fiction                                 Review
Short story                                      Science
Suspense                                        Self help
Thriller                                            Sports and Leisure
Western                                          Travel
Young adult                                     True crime

As noted, the Brian Kelly fiction books are all classified in the category of children.  The rest of his books are fact-based, aka non-fiction. He has books in almost all of the following genres / categories:


Categories for Brian Kelly’s Books

Biography                               Guide

Textbook                                 Review

Sports / Football                     Leisure

Travel                                      Philosophy

History                                    Self-Help

Political How-to                     COVID                                  

Music                                      Trump

Political                                   Big Tech

Millennials                              Student Loans

Seniors                                     Wilkes-Barre

Immigration Solutions            Hate

White Supremacy                    Media

Political Solutions                   Government

Welfare                                   Founding

Technology                              Publishing

Election                                   Children

Digital Assistant                    

If you would like to see these categories in action, please go back to the front pate of to see all of author Brian Kelly's books listed in reverse publication sequence within category.

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