The Most Popular Genres of 2023!  

It is easy to lose yourself in a good book. Today, we will be looking at which book genres readers have been reading the most. Keep reding to find out the most popular genres of 2023!  

Fantasy Novels Are a Big Hit With Readers in 2023  

According to a survey of 2000 U.S. adults who read often, the most popular genre of 2023 is fantasy. Almost half of the people surveyed (49%) chose fantasy. The second most popular was romance with 42%. In third place was history at 39% and sci-fi came in fourth with 36%. The survey was done by OnePoll on behalf of ThriftBooks.

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The Most Popular Genres of 2023!  

The Most Popular Genres of 2023!

  • Fantasy – 49%
  • Romance – 42%
  • History – 39%
  • Sci-Fi – 36%
  • Comedy – 33%
  • Action-adventure – 2%
  • Mystery – 17%

Other stuff that they survey discovered was that it took the average person surveyed to lose themselves in a book a little over 36 minutes. Readers gravitated the most to World War II novels. The second most popular time period was the present (1970s to today) and lastly the Great Depression. I don’t know if I agree with the present being defined from the 1970’s to today.

Reading in the Bathroom?!

The most popular reading location was at home with 40% percent. A fun tidbit that stands out is that 54% of Gen Zers read in the bathroom along with 20 percent of men. To each their own!

“Books, like movies, often leave us feeling a certain way hours, days and even weeks later,” said a spokesperson for ThriftBooks. “Regardless of what else is going on in our lives, it’s a journey we’re willing to take.”  


As a fan of fantasy novels, I fully agree with this list. A good fantasy book is the best way to get immersed in a book. What did you think of the most popular genres of 2023? Let us know in the comments below!

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3 thoughts on “The Most Popular Genres of 2023!  

  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s 218%….not making sense to me mathematically, sorry.


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