Which do you prefer - fiction or non-fiction? (May ‘24)

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Which do you prefer - fiction or non-fiction? (May ‘24)

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When you choose a book, do you prefer to read a fictional story or one that is non-fiction? Why do prefer one over the other?
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With me it's seasonal. I choose fictional books after feeling weary of non fiction books. My first exposure to reading was fiction so when I read it , my imagination is edited and filled with colour and light hearted fixtures and that makes me happy. Then I choose non fiction when I want to get back to being a detective. For me that's my work mode.
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I like fiction based on true stories. Like Soren Davies.
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Charmaine Mahlangu wrote: 07 May 2024, 04:03 With me it's seasonal. I choose fictional books after feeling weary of non fiction books. My first exposure to reading was fiction so when I read it , my imagination is edited and filled with colour and light hearted fixtures and that makes me happy. Then I choose non fiction when I want to get back to being a detective. For me that's my work mode.
Thank you for sharing! Choosing based on moods and when you’re ready for a change makes sense to me.
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For me, I start with fiction. This is usually my go-to, but when I come across a book by a person I’m interested learning about or a topic I want to explore more, that’s when I head for non-fiction.
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Lauren Nedi wrote: 07 May 2024, 07:41 I like fiction based on true stories. Like Soren Davies.
I haven’t read much of fiction based on true stories, but I can see them being interesting! I actually haven’t heard of that author before.
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I enjoy both fiction and non-fiction, but I lean towards non-fiction because I love learning new things. What really grabs my attention in a book is whether the writing is engaging, if it's humorous, or if it covers a topic that's new to me. I usually find this information in book descriptions.
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Do Thi Huong wrote: 08 May 2024, 09:46 I enjoy both fiction and non-fiction, but I lean towards non-fiction because I love learning new things. What really grabs my attention in a book is whether the writing is engaging, if it's humorous, or if it covers a topic that's new to me. I usually find this information in book descriptions.
Those are really good points about enjoying both fiction and non-fiction. I also look at book descriptions and ratings. Most times, if a book is rated lower than 4/5 on average on Goodreads, then I usually pass (unless the reading is for a book club) since almost always, I don’t enjoy books with a lower rating. 🙃
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For the longest time, fiction was my go-to, as I associated non-fiction with school and textbooks. However, now that I have put my school years behind me, I have started enjoying non-fiction as a way of learning new things and gaining new perspectives that browsing newspapers doesn't give.
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Blueberry Dragon wrote: 11 May 2024, 10:42 For the longest time, fiction was my go-to, as I associated non-fiction with school and textbooks. However, now that I have put my school years behind me, I have started enjoying non-fiction as a way of learning new things and gaining new perspectives that browsing newspapers doesn't give.
This is a good point, and I can relate. I believe something similar happened to me. I stayed away from non-fiction for similar reasons, but now can find enjoyment in them. Fiction is still my go-to, but I don't purposely stay away from non-fiction as I used to.
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