Monday Musings – August 30, 2010

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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About Robbie

Hi there, my name is Robbie Burns (no,really, that’s my name…hold the haggis jokes please) and I would like to welcome you to the Pink Sheep Cafe. I started this blog as a means of discussing books and all things literary in light of my perpetual isolation. At the time I began writing, I was living in Split, Croatia. There wasn’t much here in the way of English book clubs and I couldn’t work, so I badly needed something to help me bide my time. My partner and I have since left Croatia and returned to Canada to live in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. When we first moved back here, my blog writing sort of fell by the wayside, but now I seem to be back on track. I try to read and review a little bit of everything here; I think everyone can find something to their liking here. I find myself tending more towards more literary reads these days, but I also enjoy a lot of YA and children’s fiction. One of my ongoing goals is to work my way through all of the Nobel Laureates. My two most favorite authors are Timothy Findley and Halldor Laxness.
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4 Responses to Monday Musings – August 30, 2010

  1. I just do not think that what we learn has to be useful, in any practical way.

    • Robbie says:

      This is soooo true Caite. A lot of the non-fiction I read is simply for the purpose of gaining new knowledge. I’m rarely interested in learning things that I will need to be bothered applying.

  2. Nicole says:

    I have always read both and I have always skewed heavily toward fiction I never realized that there was such a bias against it. Glad that you joined us over on the dark side.

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