This is something I have been thinking about for quite a while, and I thought it would be really interesting if I shared my ideas on here and then had other people respond with what their opinion on this was, since I feel like a good 99% of the reviews I see in the book-blogging community are on fictitious books.
*this is just my opinion, everyone has a right to their own and of course things like this also tie into what your whole outlook on life is and everything*
If someone ever asked me what my guilty pleasure was, they would most possibly be disappointed with my response of “reading fiction” and although that may be too boring, it’s also too true. It never used to be that much of a problem, because until I started book blogging, I wouldn’t read a great deal of books, perhaps once a month.
However, after joining the book blogging community and seeing everyone else reading so much and tracking the books they have devoured every week and month and year, it makes you a bit more competitive and motivated to read more. I also discovered so many more hyped series that I became excited to read.
When my exams finished this year, for a good few weeks I was reading like 12 hours per week, from what I can remember from my screen time (since I mostly read ebooks). That is a huge amount of time to be spent reading about imaginary worlds and characters, and I really don’t think it’s enough of an excuse to say it’s beneficial because it “expands my vocabulary” because if I was that enthusiastic I might as well just read a dictionary. Although I don’t think that counts for historical-fiction, because that helps you learn more about history as well, and I really did learn a lot from books like The Prodigal Daughter and The Huntress and simultaneously extremely enjoying myself.
The sad truth about reading fiction is, you’re pretty much wasting your time unless it is perhaps apart of your essential winding-down process towards the end of the day (or historical-fiction), but personally usually then I’m too tired to read and just end up getting really confused, so I just watch TV or YouTube then. And I’ve begun to feel pretty bad about the amount of time I’ve been wasting on fictitious books.
So, I’ve decided to make a mid-year reading goal – and that documenting it on this blog might motivate me more into following suit. I intend to read a lot more non-fiction and historical-fiction (instead of fantasy) – I don’t want to say a non-fiction book for every fiction book just yet, but basically I intend to read more non-fiction: whether those are Islamic books (I’ve already started) or about history, politics (already started) and science.
If I make reviews on these they might not be as long as my reviews on fiction books, I’m not sure how much I’ll have to say of them because you can’t really critique a book that’s just telling you facts, can you?
What do you think about this mid-year goal? Do you agree with what I’ve decided to do and my thoughts on this? Do you have any good non-fiction books you’d recommend? Speak soon 🙂