Monday Musings is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should be Reading.
This week’s musing asks: How often do you actually put into practice what you learn from reading nonfiction books (if you read nonfiction, that is)?
I don’t read so much non-fiction anymore. I used to read exclusively non-fiction when I was younger. I had some sort of weird complex that led me to feel guilty if I read fiction. I felt guilty, because I thought that I was wasting time on fiction when I could be “learning” more if I read non-fiction. I know now, of course, that this is complete BS. After a while, i got frustrated and I said to myself, ‘ya know what? I like reading fiction so go %^* yourself non-fiction, I am going to read what I like.’ Since then I have come to the realization that I can learn a heck of a lot more from reading enjoyable fiction books than I could ever learn in a hundred years of reading non-fiction.
I occasionally still read non-fiction, but only if it is on a topic that I am really passionate about. For instance, I have several books on my TBR pile about both Taoism and politics. By keeping my non-fiction reading limited to subjects I am passionate about, I think it increases the likelihood that I will apply the knowledge gained in reading them.
What say you?
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