40 Genres of Books

This year I’m posting a list a month to celebrate my 40th (see my other posts in the series.) This month I’m choosing 40 different books I own from 40 different genres. So hold onto your hats it’s going to be wild.

Short descriptions of the genre are my definitions. I know that some of these genres have controversy surrounding their definitions and what does and does not qualify within the genre.

40 Genres of Books I Own

  1. Fantasy – A story that uses magical, mythological or fantastical elements.
  2. High Fantasy – A story set in a completely made up world, with magical and imaginary races.
  3. Low Fantasy – A story set in the real world, with one or two elements of magic.
  4. Urban Fantasy – A fantasy story set in a modern, urban environment.
  5. Sword and Sorcery – A fantasy story set in a medieval time frame.
  6. Gaslamp – Fantasy set in the Victorian era.
  7. Steampunk – Steam-power Science Fiction or Fantasy.
  8. Science Fiction – Stories that feature speculation on science or the future.
  9. Pulp Science Fiction – Short science fiction stories often published in a series.
  10. Cyberpunk – Science fiction with a mostly urban setting that very heavily relies on computer technology (and often the merge of man and computer) in the story.
  11. Alternative History – A retelling of an event or events in history but the author changes the outcomes.
  12. Superhero – A story in which some of the characters have super human abilities.
  13. Space Opera – Melodramatic events that is set mainly or entirely in outer space.
  14. Dystopian – Living in a dysfunctional society.
  15. Post-Apocalyptic – What the world is like after it fell apart.
  16. Apocalyptic – How the world fell apart.
  17. Mystery – A story that focuses on a mysterious event or crime that must be solved.
  18. Thriller – A strong focus on the mood in a story to elicit strong “thrilling” emotions in the reader.
  19. Suspense – Similar to thriller, but the mood elicits worry or anxiety in the reader.
  20. Cozy Mystery – A mystery that is lighthearted and doesn’t elicit feeling of worry in the reader.
  21. Contemporary – A story set in today’s world, without and science fiction or fantasy elements.
  22. Inspirational Fiction – A story meant to encourage, inspire and uplift the reader.
  23. Historical Fiction – A story set in a past time.
  24. Christian Fiction – A fiction story with a decidedly Christian message and undertones.
  25. Christian Romance – Same as above, but with a center theme of a romantic relationship.
  26. Theology – The study of God and godliness.
  27. Christian Living – How to live according to Biblical principles.
  28. Biblical Reference – An information book about the Bible.
  29. Reference – A book that contains information on a given subject.
  30. Biography – A book telling the story of a real life person.
  31. Poetry – A book of poems.
  32. Drama/Play – A book that contains the script for a play.
  33. Classic Fiction – A book that is at least 50 years old and well thought of today.
  34. Textbook – A book from a class or course.
  35. Arts and Crafts – A book that give step-by-step instructions or guidance on creating art or craft projects.
  36. How-to – A guide book for how to do something, usually skill based.
  37. Foreign Language Study – The study of a language other than English.
  38. Western – A story set in the “Cowboy” era of the American West.
  39. Comedy/Humor – A book that makes you laugh.
  40. Comic – A book that contains an aggregate of comic strips.

Okay, wow this list was a monster to put together. I enjoyed digging through my collection of books to find examples for all 40 genres. I hope you equally enjoy looking through the list.

Get To Know The Fantasy Reader [Wyrd & Wonder]

This book tag was originally created by Bree Hill as the Get to Know the Romance Reader Tag, The Book Pusher adapted it for fantasy readers. I got the tag from Falling Letters. This is my first post for Wyrd & Wonder.

Get To Know The Fantasy Reader

1) What is your fantasy origin story? Regular readers can probably guess my answer. Since the first fantasy story in my life is the one my parents read while my mother was pregnant, The Lord of the Rings. It’s the book they picked my name from. I was pretty much born to be a fantasy reader.

2) If you could be the hero in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story? Pretty sure that I’d want Kat Ross to write the story. I’d insist that the story would have the heroine who doesn’t wear pants troupe in it. I’d also be a medieval Dutch princess and the book would be full of Dutch mythology, ’cause that’s part of my heritage and I don’t think there are many fantasies setup that way.

And now I can’t stop thinking about this. There is so much fantasy based on Celtic, Norse and Germanic mythology, lately there’s been a big surge of fantasy from Middle Eastern cultures. But a Dutch fantasy could be so cool; Witte Wieve/white women (seriously cool myth read more about it),  house elves, moss people, and clogs!

3) What is a fantasy you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read? I’m almost finished with Tide by Lacy Sheridan. It’s a different kind of fantasy, which I can’t quite decide if it’s YA or NA and it has lots of pieces from fantasy subgenres, but put together in an entirely new way. My review will be coming soon.

4) What is your favourite fantasy subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from? My favorite subgenre is mythology. I’m not into erotica anything, or vampires.

5) Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors? Stephen R Lawhead

6) How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? Twitter, Goodreads, Emails, Amazon, Friends, Family, I don’t know they probably even come to me in my sleep.

7) What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for? Balthazar’s Bane!

8) What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest? That the old stuff is irrelevant or too high brow and then new stuff is all YA. You are just not looking in the right places for recommendations.

9) If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first three books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?

10) Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout? I recently found @wyrdandwonder and @SketchesbyBoze on Twitter.


I’m doing a giveaway this month for a boxed set of the books that made me a Kat Ross fan! 📚📚📚 Check it out here.

Giveaway of The Fourth Element Trilogy Boxed Set

May is Get Caught Reading Month, but seeing as we’re all stuck inside right now I thought I’d take it virtual. 📚🤩

Take a picture of yourself reading and post a comment below or tweet it and tag me @thetechchef and you’ll be entered to win a Kindle copy of The Fourth Element Trilogy Boxed Set by Kat Ross.

I loved these books 😍 so much!!! Check out my reviews for them here:


They are the light against the darkness.
The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.
And they use demons to hunt demons….

Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King’s elite Water Dogs is that they leash wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.

Scarred by grief, she’s willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he’s possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other’s emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.

As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius’s past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake…

So begins an epic story of adventure, romance and betrayal that leads to undiscovered magical realms and a final confrontation with a demon queen bent on destroying them all.

Get Caught Reading:

Get Caught Reading month is usually a celebration of reading in public. A time to post those pictures of the dude reading on the bus, or the girl reading in the park. With everything going on with the COVID-19 situation that’s not possible for many. So I propose to take it virtual! Snap a photo of yourself with a book. 📸

I learned to use the timer on my phone to take my picture 😄. Seriously I had never used it before!

Get Caught Reading


Now it’s your turn. Take a picture of yourself reading and post a comment below or tweet it and tag me @thetechchef  for entry into my giveaway for a kindle copy of The Fourth Element Trilogy Boxed Set by Kat Ross.. 💬 You have between now and May 31st to enter my giveaway of this Persian inspired epic fantasy triolgy. Giveaway is limited to the USA (sorry Amazon changed policies on giving Kindle copies), you must have a valid email and be able to receive a link to redeem a Kindle book from Amazon to win.

40 Great Poems

Because this month is National Poetry Month I decided that my “40” post should be full of poems I love (see my other posts in the series.) Today is the last day of the month, so if you have squeezed any poetry in this month here’s your opportunity. Poems are listed in the order I thought of them, and links go to Poetry Foundation or Poets.org if available.

Do you have a poem you love that’s not on the list? Please drop me a comment 💬 to let me know about it. I love discovering new poetry.

40 Great Poems

  1. Sonnets from the Portuguese 1
  2. Sonnets from the Portuguese 14
  3. The Tyger
  4. Ozymandias
  5. The Magic Mountain
  6. Grief
  7. Dreams
  8. Dream Dust
  9. Dust and Rainbows
  10. Blunt (included in Say Uncle)
  11. Deferred Silence (included in Say Uncle)
  12. Blast 
  13. Robot Haikus (Not one poem but a very fun book of poems.)
  14. Darkness
  15. Jabberwocky
  16. Kubla Khan
  17. Her Strong Enchantments Failing by A E Housman
  18. The Bells
  19. A Dream Within a Dream
  20. The Conqueror Worm
  21. Love Not Me by Annomyous
  22. Hamlet’s Soliloquy
  23. Beat! Beat! Drums!
  24. Death, Be Not Proud
  25. A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal
  26. She Walks in Beauty
  27. Because I Could Not Stop for Death
  28. The Intro to the Pendragon Cycle (the same poem is in the opening of each book.)
  29. There is no Frigate like a Book
  30. Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers by Adrienne Rich
  31. The Red Wheelbarrow
  32. This is Just to Say
  33. The Falling Flower  by Arakida Moritake
  34. Rain by Emanuel di Pasquale
  35. Life by Grace Treasone
  36. Cat
  37. Haiku in general (this is a great collection)
  38. My Little Dreams
  39. The Bookshelf of the God of Infinite Space
  40. The Road Goes Ever On