Let’s Talk Bookish: Should We Read More Serious Books?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This week’s topic is ‘Should We Read More Serious Books’.

My general feeling is that people should read whatever they enjoy. But does that mean we should never stray from our comfort zone? No, I think it can be good to read a variety of genres and types of books. However I very rarely read nonfiction or biographies. I don’t generally enjoy reading this kind of book. I find they don’t hold my attention. I just can’t get in to them. Fiction is definitely what I enjoy.

One of the questions posed in the prompt is ‘Should we read more serious books as a result of COVID-19?’ Right now, I feel like we’re all just trying to get through this difficult time. Right now, I want to read books I know I’ll enjoy because I need to find an escape from all the stress and anxiety of the situation we find ourselves in. For me, this doesn’t feel like the right time to start looking for ‘serious’ reads. But for people who find themselves with more time on their hands, taking the opportunity to discover something different, whether that be serious books or something else, might be a great thing.

Sometimes I do feel like I should try and read more nonfiction. The problem is I don’t really know what to choose! I’ve yet to read a nonfiction book I have actually liked. So I’m not sure exactly what kind of thing I might enjoy. The only time I read nonfiction is for research for my writing. At the moment I’m reading a book on Arthurian Literature and Legend but it’s for research for a retelling I’m planning more than enjoyment, I’m doing a lot of highlighting and note taking! I’m also reading The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook Guide to Getting Published for when I’m ready to start submitting my book. But I wouldn’t choose to pick up a nonfiction book to read for fun. Maybe I just haven’t found my nonfiction jam yet!

Do you read nonfiction? Do you have any recommendations for me? I’d love to know what you think about this topic so chat with me in the comments!  

7 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Should We Read More Serious Books?

  1. I feel like reading fiction books based on true events/people/stories is a good transition point into some non-fiction reads. It’s also easier to dip in and out of non-fiction I think so I definitely read those books differently than fiction 😊

  2. Reading what you want is so important! But I feel like reading biographies from people different then you can teach you so much!
    For me listening to non-fiction makes it easier to consume them compared to physically reading them! (in case you listen to audiobooks!)

    (www.evelynreads.com)

  3. Great post!! I also feel like reading what I enjoy is probably better than reading something I don’t enjoy much during these times. I like reading biographies sometimes just because I’m very interested in other people’s lives (aka, I’m nosy loll), especially people from the past. Victorian era is my favorite in both fiction and nonfiction, but I still seldom read a non-fiction book unless it’s for research or school. I’ll devour a history book though because I just love history. So I guess it all depends on what book it is :)

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