Looking for something new to read? We’ve put together 24 fantastic books from six slightly less well-known genres for you to explore!
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Cli-Fi is a genre of fiction that deals with climate change and global warming. The term has only been around for 20 years, but writers have been dealing with what climate change might ultimately lead to for much longer. Jules Verne’s 1889 novel The Purchase of the North Pole was probably the first.
The story centers on a group of scientists researching the environment in an abandoned, flooded London. The book ultimately deals with our underlying sense of self and our way of looking at the world.
Toru experiences his first love with troubled Naoko, but their relationship is marked by tragedy. The book is beautifully written and infused with the music and mood of the 60s.
The first book of the Neapolitan novels by one of Italy's most acclaimed authors. It chronicles the lifelong friendship between two girls as they grow up in a poor, violent neighborhood of 1950s Naples.
Chances are you have heard of this book, as it's one of the most-read books of 2020. It's an absorbing story about young love and intimacy that, quite honestly, will probably leave you feeling miserable.
Thirteen year old Theo Decker survives an unspeakable tragedy and commits a high-profile crime. As an adult, he is drawn into New York high society and the underworld of art.
Short Story Collections
Short story collections can be described as “great literature in small portions”, but they are much more than just an alternative for people without the time to read a full-length book.
Alive Munro has the ability to describe a family, or even several generations of one family, in less than 30 pages. She wisely, accurately and humanely describes people in a way that you can't help but be moved. (lithub.com)
Punk is a sub-section of science fiction defined by technological innovation/reimagination and a dystopian setting summarised by the saying “high technology, low life”. Often the protagonists fight for individual freedoms and are anti-establishment – thus the punk. Cyberpunk was the first punk genre, but now more than 20 sub-genres exist, some of them a little ridiculous.
Probably the most famous cyberpunk book. This is the debut novel of the Sprawl trilogy. It was the first book to show us what an AI and cyberspace dominated world could look like. It is a great book to start with if you want to get to know the genre.
To describe exactly why this book has made it into this genre would be giving too much away. It's "science fiction for people who don't like science fiction" and "people who feel like having a good cry".
The Diamond Age is all about a world of nano-technology. Amongst it all a young girl Nell starts to read a primer that raises her, eventually leading her to start a revolution.
Altered Carbon's main narrative centers around a classic detective story, in which the reader is slowly introduced to the dystopian world it is set in. The book has also been made into a television show!
Comic books are known for mainly being about superheros, but many different types of artists and creators use this medium to tell their stories.
Satrapi's childhood in Tehran, the Islamic Evolution and living in Europe and Iran are described with humor and heartache. Persepolis deals with our personal search for identity, political ideology and theological doctrine.
This graphic novel uses three very separate stories that cover shame, racism and friendship to tell the story of an American Chinese boy growing up and finding himself.
Psychological fiction or realism deals with the spiritual, mental and emotional motivation of the characters. The examination of internal struggles take precedence over a linear narrative – resulting in complicated and sometimes bizarre books.