Non-fiction is the dark sheep of my reading expeditions. Biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, self-help books etc. are never picked up by me from the shelves, apart from gifting purposes.
Not that I never tried reading them, or haven’t ever read them. But beyond a few pages, I start yawning and can’t seem to focus. My heart and soul wanders away and I long to pick up a work of fiction as soon as possible.
Such is my condition.
Till date, the only non-fiction works that I read (and remember) are :
- You Can Win by Shiv Khera
- Who Moved My Cheese
- The Diary Of Anne Frank (Read it numerous time)
- Timepass by Protima Bedi
- Letters from a father to a daughter
- Ogilvy on Advertising
And I guess that’s all.
I am still figuring out the WHY of non-fiction aversion. And I have concluded that it is because of the fact –
- If I can learn it from a story, why read someone else’s account?
- Self-help never motivates me and I find it to be a bit “preachy”. I don’t like being “preached”.
- I feel lost. Every single time I pick up a non-fiction work. Sometimes, I feel I am losing my identity and questioning everything when I read excerpts. Whereas, I am overall a very optimistic person who never compares and contrasts her life with others. So, no.
- I can’t visualise anything when I read a work of non-fiction! I can’t imagine a scenario where person X and person Y meet at an office and then person Y becomes the bigshot and blah. No. Not happening. Give me names! Give me imaginary setups please.
Having said that, I believe that I have learnt more from Harry Potter or The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants than from a Men are from Mars. I learn more from Jodi Picoult and Jhumpa Lahiri than the who’s who of non-fiction world.
I know I am biased, but this is how I function. Hopefully, I do aim to read more non-fiction in the coming days (one book is already shortlisted), but I am not promising that I won’t wander off! 😉
What about your equation with non-fiction works? Suggestions are most welcome.