For the second year in a row, my nonfiction reading rated much higher than fiction. I’m wondering if that stems from the titles I choose to read, the overall world of publishing, or most probable, my change as a reader, and especially, my change as a person.
Notable Nonfiction Reads:
“The Long Emergency” by Kunstler
“Lost Mountain” by Eric Reece
“An Eater’s Manifesto” by Michael Pollan
“Crossing the Rubicon” by Michael Ruppert
“The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Pollan
“Animal, Vegetable, Mineral” by Barbara Kingsolver
In my reading log, I rate books on a 1-10 scale. The above titles all received an 8.5 or higher. Only a couple of the novels I read last year ranked as high.
Have you seen a shift in your reading? Perhaps I only read nonfiction when it really jumps off the bookshelf when I’m browsing. In other words, the work essentially compels me to read it.
My worldview is shifting. I constantly review my use of time, how I place value to time-sinking activities (or rather how I over-value wasteful activities). Fiction is about diversion and escape. Nonfiction is about ideas and concepts, subjects to ruminate on. Learning has intrinsic value, escape and diversion, less so.