1) Whodunit. A traditional or "classic" mystery, often thought of as "noir" mystery-including the classics of the thirties and forties style of writing
Examples: And Then There Was None Agatha Christie
2) Travel/GeographyWould include description of the terrain, the sights, the locale and customs of individual places, countries, cities, town, rural destinations, cultures, etc. Travel books would be geared toward people planning to travel, possibly with details about restaurants, hotels, local attractions. Geography would be more limited in scope in discussing terrain, relevant statistics about an area, etc.-it would not include travel planning.
Examples: A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson, on the Road Jack Kerouc
3) Cozy Mystery country houses and villages, with peaceful and genteel exteriors, are usually the setting. There is minimal violence and everything is nicely wrapped up by the conclusion.
Examples: The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
4) Satire Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose.
Examples: Catch 22 Joseph Heller Slaughter House Five Kurt Vonnegut
5) Chlidren's Literature The majority of this subgenre includes folktales/fairytales. One-dimensional, meant to convey a life lesson in story form, some cultural, passed down through time and retelling. Further breakdown of this genre would include: myths, legends
Example: The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
6) Historical Romance Stories take place during a specific time period in history with all the clothing, etiquette, and events of that period. Usually before WWII. See Nostalgic Historical for events fifty to one hundred years in the past.
Examples: Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell Once and Always by Judith McNaught