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One Book for Every Genre: Book Recommendations for Every Reader

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at McMaster chapter.

It is that time of year again. You have one meal a day, you forget when you showered last, and the library chair becomes your new bed. As April is approaching, midterm season is wrapping up and exam season is hauntingly upon us. The only way I can maintain my well-being is through actively engaging in my hobbies during assigned downtime. One of my most beloved passions and hobbies is reading. The inspiration, feelings, and knowledge books have bestowed on me are ones I can’t even describe. The pages are my escape when I am having a hard day and my challenger when I am looking to ponder more. I would love nothing more than for books to entice similar feelings in everyone else, no matter what your preferred genre may be, so here is a book a genre. My number one book recommendation from every genre with a short synopsis.  

Literary Fiction: The Inheritance Games Series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. A book about a teenage girl who mysteriously inherits an old rich man’s entire empire and her journey to solve the mystery of why.

Thriller / Mystery: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. A mystery about a psychologist who has made it his mission to understand why a woman woke up one day and shot her husband in the face and remained mute ever since. 

Fantasy: The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan. A continuation of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series where Percy and his friends are caught up in a war between Greek and Roman demigods.

Romance: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren. A second chance romance between Elliot and Macy who were childhood friends who were brought together by their love of books. 

Drama: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Historical fiction about Afghan American Amir and his experiences with his best friend Hassan and life after fleeing Afghanistan.

Autobiography: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. The autobiography about neurosurgeon, husband, philosopher, author, and cancer patient Dr. Kalanithi explores ideas about life, death, science, and cancer and how they were intertwined in his life.

Leen Elshikh

McMaster '25

Leen is currently a third year student in the Origins of Disease Life Sciences specialization and is also doing a minor in Political Science. In her free time, she can be found reading a book or making jewelry for her small business!