Books

For most of my life, I barely touched a book. I never had any interest in reading. I was far too busy doing more ‘important’ things like playing video games. But that all changed around five years ago.

I found my first mentor and he gave me a few books to read and the one lead to another, and another, and so on. It was mostly self-development/psychology and business books. Soon, reading became an obsession.

Roughly three years ago, I stumbled upon a Reddit thread where they were discussing books. They said most people, who read, only read 300 books in their lifetime. That’s around five books a year. For me, that’s not nearly enough because I’m far too curious. So I started reading ‘300 books a year’. Now I should clarify that I never achieve this goal, but it’s a goal none the less.

The point is to read as much as possible.

“But most importantly, gain knowledge.” – This was my idea of books when I started, but after a few years, as someone who enjoys being creative, I realized I need to read a little bit of fiction to stimulate my imagination.

Are there any avid readers out there? What are your thoughts between fiction and non-fiction?

Do you have any book suggestions you would like to share that you feel is a must read?

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  1. I love reading, it’s something I’ve been constantly doing since I was little. I read almost anything and this includes fiction and nonfiction. A few years ago, back in school one of my teachers introduced me to Latin American writers. Since then I became obsessed with their novels and read quite a few books in Spanish written by Allende, Marquez etc. Nowadays I tend to read political/philosophical books just because I want to understand better the world we live in. Some of the books I recommend if you are interested in politics/history matters are: Freedom at midnight, Homo Deus and The open veins of Latin America. I also enjoy reading biographical books and here I would recommend Becoming, The Girl with seven names or Born a crime.

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  2. I think both fiction and nonfiction have their benefits. With fiction, it can be an eye opener to worlds you’ve never known before, with stellar plots and characters. Nonfiction can help to expose audiences to all sorts of important, relevant topics. I read a lot of fiction, but I hope to read more good nonfiction in future! Some really good fiction books are The Three Body Problem Trilogy, Six of Crows, The Westing Game, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Sophie’s World, and the Chronicles of Narnia. One nonfiction book I especially enjoyed was Seven Brief Lessons on Physics — it’s a wonderful, stimulating introduction to physics! Hope you find these helpful 🙂

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  3. I like reading fiction and nonfiction. You learn a lot from both and one book naturally flows into the next – they become a part of who you are becoming. It’s surprising to me how frequently Outliers, by Malcomb Gladwell, is brought up, during casual conversation. Currently enjoying Sea Wife because I too learned how to sail not too long ago.

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  4. Hi! Have you read “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides? It’s a psychological thriller. The plot twists, the suspense, the order of the scenes, and everything made the book unforgettable. A total page-turner.

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  5. I love reading both fiction and non-fiction. However, it does depend on the subject matter. I love history, historical fiction, mysteries and suspense, true crime…. some biographies – depending on the subject. I am a book addict. I have always loved reading but didn’t become an addict till about my mid-30s.

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  6. I have been an “avid reader” for most of my life, you could call me addicted to reading, actually. I read anything from technical, work-related reports, to travelogues, crime novels, science fiction novels, historical novels, you name it. And blogs covering all those and the space in between. I really cannot imagine not reading. That space in between the genres can be the most interesting. For instance, there are (for me) such clear connections between Isaac Asimov’s Foundation stories, actual human history and current political and environmental events and concerns.
    So when I write my travel-based blog posts, I try to insert some other aspects in there: photographs of natural settings that I like, some humour, some snippets of geological or other scientific background stuff, etc.

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  7. I highly recommend- The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. It is a mesmerizing account of revelations about what trees feel, how they communicate, how they live as a community, how they care for their young, their sick neighbors and relatives and a lot more. Its fascinating. Its truly ‘discoveries from a secret world’. I am glad I read it. I have no preference so to say. Fiction or non-fiction: as long as it moves/inspires me, I am all for it. Bring it on!

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