Are you genre-curious?

Have you ever been genre-curious? If you’ve ever been stuck in a reading rut, you’ll know how hard it can be to find a new book that really has you turning the pages – try switching up the genre! We can get so caught up in what we know we like, that we forget to expand our reading horizons. Sometimes all you need is a completely different book recommendation to get you hooked on a whole new world of reading. Check out our suggestions if you’re in the mood to mix things up!


Dirt Rotten ScoundrelsTrue crime: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Matthew Benns

A highly entertaining, scurrilous and fascinating book on Australian con men (and women) and all their dirty, devious tricks. There are con men you fear and con men you hate, and con men with amazing stories who take your breath away with their dirty tricks and sheer brazen effontery. How do they get away with it?

The best part:

Matthew Benns has spent his career as a journalist chasing and exposing some of the biggest conmen and women in the world so you can rest assured these stories are some of the best!


Persons UnknownLiterary Thriller: Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner

A brand new literary thriller from bestselling author of Missing, Presumed – Susie Steiner. As dusk falls a young man staggers through a park, far from home, bleeding from a stab wound. He dies where he falls; cradled by a stranger, a woman’s name on his lips in his last seconds of life.

The best part:

Beloved DI Manon Bradshaw brings a lot of heart to the thriller genre and fans of British TV series Broadchurch will love her.



Forces of NaturePopular Science: Forces of Nature by Professor Brian Cox

A breathtaking and beautiful exploration of our planet, this groundbreaking book accompanies the acclaimed BBC TV series, providing the deepest answers to the simplest questions. Think you know our planet? Think again. Forces of Nature takes you from the mid-Atlantic ridge in Iceland, the volcanoes of Indonesia and the precipitous cliffs in Nepal, to the manatees off the coast of Florida and the northern lights of the Arctic, in search of the fundamental laws that govern our world.

The best part:

Brian Cox manages to humanise some of the most complex scientific concepts, has a brilliant sense of humour and has never said a boring thing in life!



The ForceContemporary Crime: The Force by Don Winslow

Based on years of research inside the NYPD, The Force is a searing portrait of a city on the brink and of a courageous, heroic, and deeply flawed man who stands at the edge of its abyss. Denny Malone and his crew are an elite NYPD special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs and guns. What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty.

The best part:

The Force is backed by a seriously impressive roll-call of crime heavyweights such as Stephen King, Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Simon Toyne to name a few!


The Mighty FranksMemoir: The Mighty Franks by Michael Frank

A story at once extremely strange and entirely familiar – about families, innocence, art and love. This hugely enjoyable, totally unforgettable memoir is a classic in the making. ‘My aunt called our two families the Mighty Franks. But, she said, you and I, Lovey, are a thing apart. The two of us have pulled our wagons up to a secret campsite.’

The best part:

Michael Frank’s eccentric Aunt ‘Hankie’ – full stop.


The Three Body ProblemScience Fiction: The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin

After a spate of apparent suicides among elite scientists, nanotech engineer Wang Miao is asked to infiltrate a secretive cabal. During his investigation, Wang is inducted into a mysterious online game that is the key to humanity’s place in the cosmos and the key to the extinction-level threat it now faces.


The best part: 

Cixin Liu is China’s #1 SF writer and is on the reading lists of Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg!


NevernightFantasy: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

From New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff, comes a dangerous new fantasy world and a heroine edged in darkness. Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. Destined to destroy empires, the child raised in shadows made a promise on the day she lost everything: to avenge herself on those that shattered her world.

The best part:

The much anticipated sequel, Godsgrave, is coming soon!


In the comments below tell us know what your favourite genre is, and which you’re willing to switch it up for.

Posted on July 27, 2017 by

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