So, I logged on to wordpress today for some inspiration, I don’t like to let a month pass without blogging, and I was met by this question from The Daily Prompt. I invite you to take part also also and link back to the original.
When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?
I almost always choose fiction. My weakness and unfortunately my most commonly read books are contemporary fiction novels, paperbacks. I recently realised I have about four boxes of them in my (parents’) attic and although they will never be worth lots of money or look very impressive on my future fantasy bookshelves, they are words and stories that have kept me company and helped me along they way in life.
I often think I need to read more classics, or big statement books, sometimes I feel out of my depth when discussing books seriously, over wine, but reading is reading and I might get there someday. I’m only 25. Yes, only. Shut up.
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I know it’s a cliché but I think I love fiction for escapism. Even now. Especially now. I’m applying for jobs or feeling guilty for not. I’m considering moving back to my university city as my sister’s got a fancy hospital job. Since Saturday night I have been devouring Gone Girl the ‘Thriller of the Year’ from 2012 by Gillian Flynn. It’s mostly to get it finished before my movie buff boyfriend wants to see the film, and censorship in case there are horrible rapes or something that I’d rather not see thank you very much. It’s addictive and I am loving escaping into it. I don’t know if I have read this type of book written by a woman before. It’s a clever story and a refreshing angle!
However, I think I like non-fiction more than I realise. On a fun night out with my Journalism course last year, I got into a conversation with one of they guys who said he usually reads non-fiction. I kind of said I never do, but I do enjoy a good biography and I got carried away talking about Letters of Note (Or Correspondence deserving of a wider audience) compiled by Shaun Usher or the PostSecret books. So maybe I do.
But at the end of the day my little bookworm’s soul loves a good story and the best ones appeal to my creative side and make me want to create something as beautiful, and encourage me not to let go of that dream! A fat novel, tea and chocolate are usually a good treat and tonic for me. So fiction it is, what about you?