Sometimes it’s great to walk into a bookstore or library and wander the aisles picking out books at random. It’s how many of us discover books in the more obscure genres that we may have never noticed otherwise. Unfortunately, with most of us now finding our reading material online, we’ve lost the randomness of book shopping. Unless you really want a pet psychology book, then chances are you’re never going to accidentally stumble across one.
So, the next time you’re browsing your book site of choice, check out these genres for something a little different.
First up, we have photography. Now, this isn’t what you’d call obscure, but the fact is that unless you’re really into photography, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever bother perusing the latest releases. But you’re missing out. The photography section is not just a place to find books on camera use, but also a fantastic resource for discovering the most beautiful locations in the world. Fancy taking a spur of the moment trip somewhere foreign? Grab a book on stunning photography locations around the world, and you’re sure to find a few places that are well off the beaten tourist path.
For our next genre, we’re going with something that everyone is sure to enjoy: humor. We all like funny movies, right? And the most popular shows on TV are often the ones that make us laugh the most. So, why don’t we read more books that do the same? The humor or comedy genre is popular but nowhere near as popular as it should be. What could be better for the morning commute to work than a good laugh? It sets you up for a great day by putting you in a positive mood, and even if you have a rough day of meetings, a good laugh before bedtime will surely banish those recurring dreams of you giving that presentation in your pajamas.
And now for something completely different. Poker is, without a doubt, the world’s most popular card game. You only need to look at the viewer numbers of live poker streams on Twitch and YouTube to get an idea of just how many players there are in the world. So, of course, it should come as no surprise that the poker strategy book genre is a quite popular one. But did you know that these books are actually a treasure trove of useful information on handling everyday situations? Poker strategy books teach you how to read body language, how to think first before laying your cards on the table, and how to choose which battles are worth fighting and which ones you should simply concede on. Pretty valuable life lessons right there.
Now bear with us on this next one because it really is worth it: children’s books. Yes, you read that right. Okay, so we’re not suggesting that you grab the latest retelling of the Three Little Pigs, but we do recommend picking up some Roald Dahl or David Walliams. These books are aimed at older children, but they are nonetheless fantastic reads for adults that just want to immerse themselves in innocent fun and silliness. We take ourselves too seriously at times, and these books offer the perfect opportunity to reset and regain some of the naivety we lost when we entered adulthood.
Our final genre is perhaps the most serious but still one that we think you’ll get a lot out of. We’re talking history here, and it doesn’t matter what kind. Whether it’s political or natural history makes no difference, you need history more than you can imagine. Why? Because a person who is knowledgeable about the past has a much better understanding of current goings on in the world. And we all need as much help as we can get to understand the world we live in, right? Knowing your history also gives other people the impression that you are educated and intelligent, and that can only be a good thing.
Like we said earlier, the next time you’re picking up a new book, do yourself a favor, and grab something you would never usually read. Open your mind to new things. You never know, you might even like it.