A book read solely for the sake of (maybe guilty) pleasure rather than for any complex plot, character arcs, or deep hidden meanings. These books are like candy: short, sweet for the sake of being sweet, and they bring happiness at the time of consumption. Hint: most cute romances fall into this category.
A close cousin to the candy book, cozy reads tend not to be too plot-heavy or action-packed, but they are more focused on characterization. These are the sort of books you can read with a hot drink and get sucked into a realm of comfort, nostalgia, or just plain good vibes. Cozy reads range from comfy romances or mysteries to whimsical fairytales, so long as they leave one feeling . . . cozy.
These books may be lacking in an overarching plot or simply don't focus as much on one, but they are character-driven emotional rollercoasters meant to explore human complexities, questions about life and love, and emotions in general. Or maybe the author just wants us to have a good cry and we got suckered in.
Buckle up, buttercup, because things are about to get epic. An epic read must contain a killer layered plot, three-dimensional characters with amazing arcs, believable world-building, and action/adventure galore with perhaps some romance or mystery thrown in.
Satire? Screwball comedies? Awkward life situations readers are meant to derive humor from? It all goes here. Plot and character complexity may range from two-dimensional for the purpose of satire to quite realistic, but if the biggest takeaway from the book was that you could not stop laughing, it's a hilarious read.
From old folktales that leave you chilled to Steven King-sized novels that make you want to sleep with the lights on, if it left you afraid of the dark, then it's a spooky read.