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Reading: Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by GQgeek, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2002
    I read both equally, though I don't read much fiction as I rarely find anything enticing.
  2. freakseam

    freakseam Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2003
    Mostly Fiction. Perhaps 1 per week, but I can go on streaks of 3-4 per week. This is nice, since I can also be found, for weeks at a time, not reading any book whatsoever. Over the past few years, there's been a bit of a shift towards adding more Non-Fiction. None of this includes audiobooks or trade books. We're talking printed stories, bios, and that sort.
  3. Philosoph

    Philosoph Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2007
    The corners of my mind
    Yes, I see similarities in our current and historical (having to be "cut off" by my parents as a kids) reading habits. My interest in film, however, is nowhere near yours. I also don't let let myself be held back by trivialities concerns like comprehension. I may miss a logical connection here or there, but I make it up on volume.

    I am very grateful that my parents never "cut off" my reading. Actually, when I was very small my grandmother thought something was wrong with me because I would sit enthralled while my mom read to me for 3 hours or more at a time. Basically, as long as she would consent to be stuck on the couch.

    Unless it's crucial that I carefully follow the logic, I definitely agree with your approach. If it's not clear to me after a read and repeat, I chalk it up to poor writing and move on.

    On an unrelated note, last summer my job entailed doing various administrative/secretarial things at a small law firm. Not that busy and often not a whole lot to do, which left plenty of time for reading on the job. I got through about 40 books during the summer. These were only "entertainment"-type reads, but still... not a bad way to earn a paycheck.
  4. Maharlika

    Maharlika Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    South Park
    It really depends on the writer or the subject. I LOVE books and read anything from Truman Capote to Gustave Flaubert. I think a good question would be: "If you were going to be on an island alone for an entire year and are allowed to bring only five books, what would they be and why"?

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