Non-fiction books...how do you read them?

United States
April 22, 2007 3:31pm CST
I've discovered that when I read non-fiction books, I tend to enjoy them less. Does anyone else get that same feeling? Also, when I read non-fiction, I tend to be more critical of the overall story, because I assume that everything in the work is true. Even though I don't dislike non-fiction, when I read for "fun" I tend to like to read fiction stories, but when I read for learning's sake, I pick up a nonfiction book and tend to read more deliberately.
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@nancygibson (3737)
• France
23 Apr 07
Different books have different purposes for me, I love a good story to read in the bath, and will read quite trashynovels or comics there that I would never dream of reading anywhere else. Most of the time I read reference books as I always have something I'm researching, but you rarely read those like a novel, you just dip in and out of them, so the approach is different. I love books, there is always a time and a place for each type.
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• United States
24 Apr 07
So true. A reference book, you may sample a page or two, but with a novel, you want to devour the whole thing.
@healwell (1268)
• Ahmedabad, India
23 Apr 07
I am used to read non fiction book about philosophy, healing, mythology, alternate curing,criticism, inspirational adnd poetry! Because it provides learnings as well as relaxation!
• United States
24 Apr 07
Nonfiction books about heavy subjects can definitely be interesting. What type of healing and mythology books do you read?
@deesamps (653)
• United States
23 Apr 07
I do read non-fiction books every now and then. I do enjoy them but not as much as I do the fiction books. And I also tend to read less of them then I do of the fiction books. I read fiction for fun and entertainment, it is neat how you can just get "lost" in a book. I read the non-fiction to learn stuff too. That and I will finish a fiction book a lot faster than I would a non-fiction book. Probably because I take more breaks when reading the non-fiction books than I do with the fiction.
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• United States
24 Apr 07
Yeah, you can really get lost in a good fiction book. The storylines and writing skills of some authors really can transform you to another place.