Five Favorite Genres
by Jarad Johnson
General Fiction- I realize that this is a broad category but it's one of the genres I read the most, precisely because it is so diverse and has many different subcategories within it. Some of my favorites from this category are The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Breath, Eyes Memory by Edwidge Danticat.
Fantasy- I've loved this genre for as long as I could read,and it's probably one of the genres I've been reading the longest. Who doesn't love to be distracted and entertained by other worlds,especially with the state of this one? Some of my favorites from this genre include the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkien, the Captive Prince trilogy by C.S Pacat, and The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian.
Horror- This genre I absolutely love, especially around the colder months of the year. There's just something about dark and chilling novels that appeals to me. It's difficult to give specific books for this genre because horror novelists tend to be especially prolific in their writing, so I'll just list some of my favorite authors: Stephen King, Danielle Vega, Anne Rice and of course Edgar Allan Poe.
Historical Fiction - Books that I gravitate to most of the time in this genre tend to be set in ancient cultures like Egypt, Greece or Rome. the ancient past can be fascinating to read about, particularly ancient politics. If a book has those things it's more than likely that I will read it. From this genre, some books that come readily to mind are Imperium by Robert Harris, Desert God by Wilbur Smith, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, and East of the Sun by Julia Gregson.
Mystery/Thriller-This can overlap quite heavily with Horror sometimes, but I made the distinction so that I could talk about the Mary Russel series by Laurie R King! Many of my favorite books come from this series, and I can't see to get enough of those books. My main purpose in life is to read every last one of them, and so far I'm about halfway there. Some other books that I enjoyed from this genre were the Girl Who Couldn't Read by John Harding and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
So those are some of my favorite genres. I always feel like I've left something out with posts like this, because of course I have! I could list many more pages of books that I love and cherish, but for now this will do. Happy reading!
Jarad is the co-administrator and writer for Sacred Chickens, attends college at MTSU, loves tea, and tries to spend every spare second reading. Jarad is an English major. Bless his heart! Let's all light a candle for him and send him happy thoughts!