Books in a different genre — August

The August theme for our "Read with The Snail" Reading Challenge is a book in a genre you don't usually read. Have fun with this!

Below are some Snail recommendations from a few different genres—fantasy/sci-fi, romance, historical fiction, literary, feel-good fiction, and horror—that we think you'll enjoy no matter your reading preferences.

We can't wait to see what you share this month; make sure to share on social media and use the hashtag #ReadwithTheSnail.

Click HERE to return to our Reading Challenge, and find all the categories and reading lists.

Best Books in Different Genres

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Sea of Tranquility: A novel By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593466735
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2023

Sci-fi / fantasy


Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063021426
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Harper Voyager - August 23rd, 2022

Sci-fi / fantasy


A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250236210
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

Sci-fi / fantasy with self-improvement in the mix


The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi: A new fantasy series set a thousand years before The City of Brass By Shannon Chakraborty Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780062963505
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Harper Voyager - February 28th, 2023

Sci-fi / fantasy with Indian mythology


The Three-Body Problem (The Three-Body Problem Series #1) By Cixin Liu, Ken Liu (Translated by) Cover Image
By Cixin Liu, Ken Liu (Translated by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780765382030
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Tor Books - January 12th, 2016

Sci-fi 


The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession By Michael Finkel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525657323
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Knopf - June 27th, 2023

Nonfiction


The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America By Erik Larson Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780375725609
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage - February 10th, 2004

Nonfiction


The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight By Andrew Leland Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781984881427
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Penguin Press - July 18th, 2023

Nonfiction


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Tom Lake: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063327528
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Harper - August 1st, 2023

Literary fiction — and we have signed copies!


Trust (Pulitzer Prize Winner) By Hernan Diaz Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593420324
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2023

Literary fiction that won the Pulitzer Prize


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Shark Heart: A Love Story By Emily Habeck Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781668006498
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - August 8th, 2023

Literary fiction


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The Librarianist: A Novel By Patrick deWitt Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063085121
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Ecco - July 4th, 2023

Literary fiction


Demon Copperhead: A Pulitzer Prize Winner By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780063251922
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Harper - October 18th, 2022

Literary fiction based on a Dickens classic


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Yellowface: A Reese's Book Club Pick By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063250833
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: William Morrow - May 16th, 2023

Literary fiction about the publishing world


Romantic Comedy (Reese's Book Club): A Novel By Curtis Sittenfeld Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590948
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Random House - April 4th, 2023

Romance


The Bromance Book Club By Lyssa Kay Adams Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984806093
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Berkley - November 5th, 2019

Romance


By the Book-A Meant To Be Novel By Jasmine Guillory Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781368053389
Availability: Backordered at publisher (but we may have it in stock!)
Published: Hyperion Avenue - May 3rd, 2022

Romance


Love, Theoretically By Ali Hazelwood Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593336861
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Berkley - June 13th, 2023

Romance


Forget Me Not By Julie Soto Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538740880
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Forever - July 11th, 2023

Romance


The Beach at Summerly: A Novel By Beatriz Williams Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063020849
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: William Morrow - June 27th, 2023

Historical fiction


The First Ladies By Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593440285
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Berkley - June 27th, 2023

Historical fiction


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Lady Tan's Circle of Women: A Novel By Lisa See Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982117085
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Scribner - June 6th, 2023

Historical fiction


The Covenant of Water (Oprah's Book Club) By Abraham Verghese Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780802162175
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Grove Press - May 2nd, 2023

Historical fiction


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The Paris Daughter By Kristin Harmel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982191702
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Gallery Books - June 6th, 2023

The Little Village of Book Lovers: A Novel By Nina George Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593157886
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Ballantine Books - July 25th, 2023

Feel-good fiction


The Mostly True Story of Tanner & Louise By Colleen Oakley Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593200803
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Berkley - March 28th, 2023

Feel-good fiction by one of our favorite southern authors


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Hello Stranger: A Novel By Katherine Center Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781250283788
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: St. Martin's Press - July 11th, 2023

Feel-good fiction


Happy Place By Emily Henry Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593441275
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Berkley - April 25th, 2023

Feel-good fiction


Walking with Sam: A Father, a Son, and Five Hundred Miles Across Spain By Andrew McCarthy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538709207
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 9th, 2023

Memoir


It Was an Ugly Couch Anyway: And Other Thoughts on Moving Forward By Elizabeth Passarella Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781400219018
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Thomas Nelson - May 2nd, 2023

A memoir by a writer caught between her Mississippi upbringing and her current NYC home


The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family By Ron Howard, Clint Howard Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063065253
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 20th, 2022

Memoir


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Silver Nitrate By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593355367
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Del Rey - July 18th, 2023

Horror


The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel By Grady Hendrix Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781683692515
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Quirk Books - May 25th, 2021

Horror with some southern sarcasm


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The Only Good Indians: A Novel By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982136468
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: S&S/Saga Press - January 26th, 2021

Horror with Native American history


The Only One Left: A Novel By Riley Sager Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593183229
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Dutton - June 20th, 2023

Thriller / horror


Symphony of Secrets: A novel By Brendan Slocumb Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593315446
Availability: Usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Anchor - April 18th, 2023

Thriller