Looking to dive into something really different? Writers are bending and twisting literary categories into all sorts of unusual directions these days.
What It is: This offshoot of eco-fiction consists of short stories and novels that address the effects of climate change
What To Read: Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy
2. Bizarro Fiction
What It Is: Books that aim to be both strange and entertaining, with hefty doses of absurdism, satire, and the grotesque.
What To Read: Brian Evenson’s A Collapse of Horses
3. Nordic Noir
What It Is: Dark, often morally ambiguous police procedurals or psychological thrillers set in Scandinavia.
What To Read: Henning Mankell’s Faceless Killers
4. Flash Fiction
What It Is: This genre, which consists of stories in a few hundred words, has been around, but it’s now more popular than ever.
What To Read: Look no further than “For sale: baby shows, never worn,” often attributed to Hemingway
What It Is: Poetry composed from the subject lines of spam email messages.
What To Read: Anthologies exist, but you’ll find the best examples at spampoetry.org
6. Twitter Fiction
What It Is: Short stories and novels composed entirely of tweets.
What To Read: David Mitchell’s “The Right Short,” which he developed into a full-length novel, Slade House
7. Cashier Memoir
What It Is: Just what it sounds like: true-life tales from behind the cash register.
What To Read: Anna Sam’s Checkout Girl