Five Reasons to Read Fiction | Rugged Fellows Guide

Monday, February 25, 2019 → 2 min read

A little more than half a year ago, I decided to make an effort to read more books. My motivation for reading more books was to act as a role model for my son, but that's a different story for another time. I'm here to talk about the kind of books I've been reading and if they were a good use of my time.

I finished reading 3 books back in 2018 (started actively tracking the books I read back in August 2018):

I already finished another one this year; Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

As you can tell from the books I've read so far, they mostly fall under the fiction or fantasy genre. While I certainly enjoy reading those types of books, I started wondering if I'm wasting my time on them. I was wondering if I should be reading non-fiction, educational or self-improvement books instead. Turns out they are not a waste of time, hooray!

So I'm sharing a post I found (and I found a number of them, just Google it with Bing) that list down five reasons to read fiction books/novels. Here is a quote from that post that I found fascinating.

Fiction is exactly that – a compilation of imaginations from authors that we, as readers, adopt and develop in our own minds. This is why when you see a movie, everyone sees the same thing that the director puts on the screen in front of you. However, with a book, our minds create our own visual interpretations that are never the same as someone else who reads the same exact book.

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At the moment, I'm reading The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington. So far it has been a great book, one that is really hard to put down.

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