This is How I Read!

Today’s Daily Post asks whether you read fiction or non-fiction for fun. As an avid reader, I’ll read practically anything (within reason of course!) and I will often have two books on the go at once, though not at the same time – please don’t have images of me with a fiction book in one hand and a non-fiction book in the other.

I think the question is too simplistic though. The natural reaction would be to say that a person can only really read fiction for fun and non-fiction to education themselves. I would disagree with that because some fiction is incredibly dense and challenging whereas some non-fiction, though educational, can be fun and entertaining at the same time. Two quick lists then, the books that first come to mind for me of fun non-fiction and challenging fiction.

Top Three Fun Non-Fiction Books

  1. 1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clark
  2. Running with the Pack by Mark Rowlands
  3. Dear Coca Cola by Terry Ravenscroft

Top Three Challenging Fiction Books

  1. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  2. Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  3. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

7 thoughts on “This is How I Read!

  1. loupmojo

    Oh goodness, I adore Stephen Clarke’s books, but I haven’t read that one yet *hurries off to Amazon* Thanks for reminding me!

  2. Dylan Hearn

    I loved Perdido Street Station and didn’t find it a particular challenge. On the other hand, I’ve yet to get through its sequel, The Iron Council, despite a number of attempts.

    1. It was politically quite heavy, I felt. But then I know that his strong socialist views are very important to him, I just didn’t expect it to be quite so intense here. Not sure I will ever read the sequels.

  3. riturang

    I agree with you that some fiction books can be quite challenging and non-fiction books can also be fun and easy reads contrary to general beliefs.

  4. Joanne Louzado

    I think I’ll check out “1000 years of annoying the the french”. It sounds interesting :) Thanks for the recommendation.

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