It seems the effects of COVID-19 lockdowns and staying at home pushed people to start reading and left a permanent mark on them. As the world slowly continues to return to normal, most people are hooked on reading.
BulkBooks.com recently released their predictions for this year's reading trends.
Trending Book Genres
Various genres have persisted in the hands of readers since the start of the pandemic. We see some of them are still on the top for next year. They are:
The genre has one of the most faithful readerships. The top subgenres here include young adult, inspirational romance, historical romance, and contemporary romance.
This genre churns out bestsellers, series, and standalone books. Most mystery fiction novels are a great deal, and many get adapted into Netflix series and films, graphic novels and comic books.
Fantasy and Science Fiction
These two genres seem to be distant but are still closely related. They continue to have a broad market base or people looking for speculative fiction.
Young adults have the biggest market, as young people now know the value of reading as a pastime and an escape from reality. It is still popular among young adults going into 2022. The top genres here include sci-fi, fantasy, and romance.
Trending Book Themes
Some of the themes we see leading are:
The COVID-19 pandemic will continue influencing writers for a long time. Fiction and non-fiction books take a lot of elements from their disruption and touch upon topics such as natural disasters, panic, isolation, and sociopolitical upheaval.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Robots and artificial intelligence make the most of the current technological state. Readers still want to read more information about AI takeover and the advancement of robotics.
Female writers are still taking the book world by storm, and this will continue in 2022. Trending books feature women with more independence and strength than ever before.