The world of reading offers a plethora of characters, plots and genres that can grasp a reader’s attention, taking them away to another world. More often than not, people choose to read fiction novels because of a higher degree of entertainment and detachment from their own realities. In contrast, non-fiction works offer a reader with claims, facts and testimony- sharing real life stories, events and circumstances. Non-fiction literature doesn’t always receive the praise it deserves. While adventure, romance, dystopian and other genres of fiction offer an escape from reality, non-fiction provides a lens into our world and the intricacies of it.
As a population we have become far too focused on our own lives to fully appreciate the lives of others spread throughout the world. I’ve heard people say that they don’t watch the news because it’s too raw and depressing- but it’s important for us to understand the world we live in so that change can be made. Reading is a form of learning, growing and experiencing things you normally couldn’t in regular day to day life. If you can’t travel to Europe or Australia there are countless books, and articles that could provide you a glimpse of what these places are like without leaving your front porch. Non- fiction literature like newspapers, magazines, articles and novels offer gripping stories of life alongside facts, truth and claims that can open a reader’s scope and understanding. Without resources like these we would be left to rely solely on the internet and social media which aren’t always accurate sources.
Try reading non-fiction literature like your local newspapers, or novels including The Outliers, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, or books from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. All of these types of literature allow you as a reader to grow in intellect and reverence for reading, understanding yourself and the world. Another informative area non-fiction covers is health. Non-Fiction works like Wheat Belly, and other various fitness and food based books offer readers with scholarly information for a healthy lifestyle- both physically and mentally. Instead of escaping to something unknown, non-fiction reiterates things we know and allows us to understand and reinterpret that knowledge.
Some of the most touching novels I have ever read in my life are those based on true stories. I believe that we should all make an effort to appreciate the world of non-fiction. Novels based on true stories like Soul Surfer, The Perfect Storm, A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive and so many more have been made into award winning movies. So before you pick up your next book, consider giving non-fiction a try because these works hold the ability to change your outlook on life for the better. Hence, if you are interested in changing the way you view reading and literature as a whole I recommend picking up a non-fiction novel to become reconnected with the world you live in- you won’t regret it!