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Genres here are actually meta-subjects, as each book may belong to more than one genre. For each genre, you can browse list of subjects that it combines, or list of books tagged with it.

Adventures, Discoveries & Exploration

Includes books about geographical and scientific discoveries, survival stories, etc.

Browse 143 subjects comprising this genre, or 487 books tagged with it.

Animals

This section includes books about all kinds of creatures, except for men — mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, extinct species, etc.

Browse 208 subjects comprising this genre, or 326 books tagged with it.

Architecture & Design, Construction & Buildings

This topic covers not only exterior, but also interior of the buildings, and not just regular buildings, but also other installations, like bridges, huts, sheds, bunkers, etc.

Browse 85 subjects comprising this genre, or 96 books tagged with it.

Art

Books about all art forms except Music, for which there is a separate category.

Browse 126 subjects comprising this genre, or 170 books tagged with it.

Authors & Characters

Books about certain people that are not biographies; books by certain authors; mythical and fictitious characters usually do not fall into this category.

Browse 1102 subjects comprising this genre, or 1683 books tagged with it.

Conduct of Life, Behaviour & Etiquette

This is a broad category that includes not only various aspects of human relationships (except for Love and Sexuality, which have their own categories), but also so-called Bildungsromans, behaviorism, etc.

Browse 182 subjects comprising this genre, or 699 books tagged with it.

Biographies, Memoirs & Diaries

Autobiographies belong here as well.

Browse 319 subjects comprising this genre, or 642 books tagged with it.

Classic

Classical literature

Browse 13 subjects comprising this genre, or 75 books tagged with it.

Commonwealth

Books about such Commonwealth states as Canada, India, and Australia. Please note that there is a separate category for the UK.

Browse 313 subjects comprising this genre, or 468 books tagged with it.

Correspondence

Letters and everything else that belongs to the epistolary genre.

Browse 45 subjects comprising this genre, or 106 books tagged with it.

Craft & Craftsmen

About craft and hand-crafted things. Books about craftsmen are also marked as books about People.

Browse 139 subjects comprising this genre, or 151 books tagged with it.

Crime

Books about criminals, crime and punishment.

Browse 198 subjects comprising this genre, or 573 books tagged with it.

Criticism

Critical works.

Browse 103 subjects comprising this genre, or 152 books tagged with it.

Detectives

Mystery and detective stories.

Browse 10 subjects comprising this genre, or 284 books tagged with it.

Disabled

Books about disabilities (including mental), and how people cope with them.

Browse 26 subjects comprising this genre, or 32 books tagged with it.

Drama

Dramatic and theatrical works.

Browse 273 subjects comprising this genre, or 357 books tagged with it.

Education

Books about educational process, schools, universities, students and teachers.

Browse 208 subjects comprising this genre, or 459 books tagged with it.

Espionage

Spies, intelligence and counter-intelligence.

Browse 8 subjects comprising this genre, or 18 books tagged with it.

Essays

Analytic or interpretive literary compositions.

Browse 5 subjects comprising this genre, or 178 books tagged with it.

Family

Books about family life and members: parents and children, wifes and husbands, etc.

Browse 175 subjects comprising this genre, or 591 books tagged with it.

Fantasy

Our dictionary defines fantasy as fiction with a large amount of fantasy in it. This usually means dragons, wizards, goblins, and the likes.

Browse 12 subjects comprising this genre, or 182 books tagged with it.

Fiction

Books based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact.

Browse 2331 subjects comprising this genre, or 4478 books tagged with it.

Folklore, Myths, Legends, Fables & Sagas

Also includes epic literature and poetry.

Browse 248 subjects comprising this genre, or 432 books tagged with it.

Meals, Cooking, Food & Drinks

This also include books about things that are not exactly food, but that humans still consume; for instance, tobacco.

Browse 124 subjects comprising this genre, or 154 books tagged with it.

Ghost Stories

Books about ghosts and apparitions.

Browse 10 subjects comprising this genre, or 35 books tagged with it.

History

For the purpose of this classification, we use broad definition of history, that includes not only world history, but also history of certain things, beliefs, etc.

Browse 1202 subjects comprising this genre, or 2095 books tagged with it.

Horror

Horror stories.

Browse 11 subjects comprising this genre, or 50 books tagged with it.

Humor & Satire

You may want to search subjects under this genre to find black humor, practical jokes, etc.

Browse 106 subjects comprising this genre, or 552 books tagged with it.

Business, Companies & Production

Includes descriptions of processes, advertizing, mass production, services, business ethics, trade, etc., as well as books about particular companies.

Browse 258 subjects comprising this genre, or 319 books tagged with it.

Ireland

Books about Ireland.

Browse 77 subjects comprising this genre, or 124 books tagged with it.

Juvenile

Books about yuth, girls and boys. These may or may not be books for children — for that, see Young Readers genre.

Browse 137 subjects comprising this genre, or 501 books tagged with it.

Languages

Languages and language studies, dictionaries, and the like. Mostly (but not just) related to English language.

Browse 135 subjects comprising this genre, or 157 books tagged with it.

Literature, Authors & Authorship

Books about literature and authors in general; books by authors belonging to a certain country, group, or time period.

Browse 310 subjects comprising this genre, or 820 books tagged with it.

Love

Love stories.

Browse 19 subjects comprising this genre, or 170 books tagged with it.

Medicine & Diseases, Phychology & Disorders

Also includes various studies of humans beings and their abilities.

Browse 248 subjects comprising this genre, or 279 books tagged with it.

Men

Books about (and/or for) men. For instance, books about Boy Scouts of America belong here.

Browse 43 subjects comprising this genre, or 205 books tagged with it.

Music & Musicians

For other art forms, see section Art.

Browse 92 subjects comprising this genre, or 122 books tagged with it.

Mystic

Mystery stories that are not detectives (for which there is a separate section.

Browse 79 subjects comprising this genre, or 412 books tagged with it.

Natural Phenomena, Plants & Substances

Does not cover Animals, for which there is separate category.

Browse 275 subjects comprising this genre, or 384 books tagged with it.

Nautical

These books are about sea and underwater life, ships (including warships) and sailors, shores and islands.

Browse 216 subjects comprising this genre, or 435 books tagged with it.

Professional, Social & Ethical Groups of People

Books about ethical groups like, say Afro-Americans or American indians, or professional groups — people having a particular occupation (e.g. drivers, or firemen, etc.)

Browse 898 subjects comprising this genre, or 1617 books tagged with it.

Periodicals

Magazines, newspapers, as well as book about people who work for them.

Browse 30 subjects comprising this genre, or 51 books tagged with it.

Philosophy & Philosophers

Philosopical works.

Browse 76 subjects comprising this genre, or 144 books tagged with it.

Places: Geography, Terrain, Countries & Cities

If in a book geography actually means science of geography, the book is also marked with science. If a book is not just about war, but about war in a particular country — which is not the US, the UK, Ireland, or any of the Commonwelath countries — then it also belongs to thiscategory

Browse 926 subjects comprising this genre, or 1899 books tagged with it.

Poetry

Verses, rhymes, as well as books about poetry.

Browse 281 subjects comprising this genre, or 707 books tagged with it.

Games, Sport & Recreation

This is about all things recreation, including hunting, resorts, gambling, etc.

Browse 145 subjects comprising this genre, or 236 books tagged with it.

Religion & Beliefs

Books about traditional religions and their saints, cults, as well as things like astrology and scientology.

Browse 610 subjects comprising this genre, or 947 books tagged with it.

Romances

Romantic literature

Browse 13 subjects comprising this genre, or 76 books tagged with it.

Rural Life & Agriculture

Farm life, peasantry, crops, etc.

Browse 160 subjects comprising this genre, or 269 books tagged with it.

Science & Scientists

Books about scientists are also marked with People genre. Please note that things like astrology or creationism belong to the genre of Religion.

Browse 219 subjects comprising this genre, or 410 books tagged with it.

Science Fiction

Space flights (except for those that actually happened), time travel, robots (except for those that were actually built), aliens, etc.

Browse 18 subjects comprising this genre, or 526 books tagged with it.

Sexuality

Books about human sexuality. Includes subjects of homosexuality, sexual crimes, etc.

Browse 31 subjects comprising this genre, or 45 books tagged with it.

Short Stories

Books that belong to this genre (which is a true book genre, whereas most other genres listed on this page are rather book subjects

Browse 13 subjects comprising this genre, or 660 books tagged with it.

Society & State, Laws & Customs

Includes themes tackling various political parties, movements, rituals (e.g. funerals), social problems (like alcoholism or prevention of accidents), litigations, etc.

Browse 1078 subjects comprising this genre, or 2216 books tagged with it.

Technology & Engineering, Machines & Artefacts

Here, artefacts include not only various things made by men, but also any substances not found in nature, or found only in quantities incomparable to those in which they are consumed by people — except for what belongs to food and craft categories. Also covers computer science & telecommunications.

Browse 146 subjects comprising this genre, or 189 books tagged with it.

Town Life

Books about town and city life.

Browse 11 subjects comprising this genre, or 39 books tagged with it.

Translations

Books originally published in languages other than English.

Browse 84 subjects comprising this genre, or 153 books tagged with it.

Travel & Transportation

Books about not only travel and transportation, but also about respective vehicles.

Browse 392 subjects comprising this genre, or 663 books tagged with it.

U.K.

Books about Great Britain.

Browse 949 subjects comprising this genre, or 2075 books tagged with it.

U.S.A.

Books about the United States of America.

Browse 1515 subjects comprising this genre, or 2142 books tagged with it.

War & Military

Books about wars, militiry leaders and other servicemen, military hardware.

Browse 519 subjects comprising this genre, or 915 books tagged with it.

Westerns

Western stories.

Browse 1 subjects comprising this genre, or 144 books tagged with it.

Women

Books about (and/or for) women. For instance, books about Girl Scouts of the USA belong here. Also conteined in this category are various women studies

Browse 232 subjects comprising this genre, or 482 books tagged with it.

Young Readers

Literature and poetry for kids and young people. Also see section Juvenile.

Browse 688 subjects comprising this genre, or 1106 books tagged with it.

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