Non-Fiction Aversion

I’m one of those people that read to escape, to get immersed in a world that’s not mine, and think about things that aren’t something I actually have to worry about. I like it. It’s relaxing, and I love getting caught up in relationships, and craving the next page because I JUST HAVE TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. I like the creativity of books, and the worlds I would have never otherwise thought about. Also, the characters, God, the characters I never would have experienced, fell fictionally in love with and been best friends with.

I don’t read Non-fiction. Non-fiction is scary:

It’s real life, where I can’t escape. It takes up precious reading time, when I could be reading about Celaena Sardothien or St Clair. The covers aren’t very pretty, and you can’t leave it thinking “jeez, I’m glad this isn’t actually happening and the world isn’t secretly getting taken over by Strigoi”.

I’m interested in world affairs. I read, discuss and form (very strong) opinions. I deal with it all-day everyday, and so this isn’t something I want to read at 9 at night when I’m trying to de-stress myself (because life can get SO STRESSFUL sometimes).


I feel like I’m doing it wrong. I’m sure there are a lot of Non-fiction books that I would be really interested in, but don’t get the chance to hear about. They don’t have to be about a heavy topic, but simply something I would enjoy reading about. Pottering about in a Fiction orientated bookish community, I have Fiction books I want to read coming out of my earlobes, but I hardly ever, ever, hear anyone talk about Non-fiction. Perhaps because people don’t want to clash their views with others, or because you guys don’t read it either. I don’t know.

I feel like I should make an effort to look for some Non-fiction, and you know, read it. Learn something that isn’t the language of Elvish in the Lord of the Rings series.

What about you guys? Do you read much Non-Fiction, or do you think it takes the pleasure out of reading? Feel free to share your recs, I’d love to hear them!

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Tilly Currer is a teenage book geek living in England where she spends her time inside reading because of the abysmal weather. Sometimes, she gets to sit in the sun and read--those are good days. She enjoys strong heroines and hot men, especially werewolves. Fangirling with her friends is one of her favourite hobbies. Comment, tweet, she loves chatting about books and giving/receiving book recs. Paranormal Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Romance, YA, are a few of her favourite things!

9 thoughts on “Non-Fiction Aversion

  1. Francoise

    My thoughts exactly! I read to escape and non-fiction is not the way to do that. When I think of non-fiction it just reminds me of a text book in class. And besides that it’s usually boring but I can’t speak for EVERY non-fiction book.
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  2. Sarah J

    I haven’t read nonfiction since I was little. I would read nonfiction about fictional things though. I used to read about the Loch Ness Monster and Big Foot. I was a strange child. I feel the same way now. I want to get away from the real world and read things that will give me adventure, romance, and freedom from my life for a few brief moments. I’m not opposed to trying nonfiction, I just don’t want to.
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  4. Katie @ Doing Dewey

    I love non-fiction and am so excited that you’re thinking of trying some! I definitely understand why you avoid it – I used to avoid realistic fiction to preserve the escapism of my reading experience – but I think you’re right that there are probably some non-fiction books out there which you’d enjoy. I recently read Paris Letters, which is a true story but read exactly like chick lit. Another non-fiction book that reads like fiction is Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening. I loved it because it reminded me of the fiction stories I like where several characters’ lives intersect and they all help each other out. As I was reading, I often forgot that it was non-fiction! If you like classics or historical fiction, The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, is a fantastic example of narrative non-fiction. It has all the drama of an adventure story, but I think it’s extra cool because it really happened. If you’re looking for other non-fiction to read, narrative non-fiction, memoirs, and biographies in general often read a lot like fiction and personally I do like that I’m connecting to real people and if what I read is awesome I can be excited because it actually happened :)
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  5. For the Love of the Page

    I am a brand new reader, (hi there!), and I don’t really know what your reading preferences are, but when it comes to non-fiction, I always suggest people try out a Mary Roach book. She’s amazing and witty and funny. :)
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