A lot of people avoid the non-fiction section of libraries, and they all have their reasons. Some don’t have the energy to pore over educational material and are looking for a simple read. Others aren’t in the habit; non-fiction just isn’t their “thing.” I’d argue that venturing into the non-fiction wing is something that everyone should do at least once in a while.
It’s not that fictional reads aren’t equally valuable — it’s just that fiction is already popular, whereas many avoid non-fiction. Of course, there are plenty who appreciate a solid informational read, but for the rest, consider this a gentle push toward didactic literature. Here’s why you won’t regret it.
1. Non-fiction is not boring
Non-fiction doesn’t have to be a 400-page textbook in Latin — unless you’re into that kind of thing, of course. There are innumerable non-fiction page turners out there that would surprise the most skeptical James Patterson loyalist. Just because a book teaches you something doesn’t mean it can’t have a compelling narrative or that it can’t also be a thriller or a romance. Biographies are a great example of non-fiction literature with a storyline.
People click on Internet articles filled with random facts all the time — but why? Why is a list of strange science facts so attractive while many avoid books that do basically the same? The answer lies in our fast-paced world. Very few have time to read more than a few blurbs. That doesn’t mean we don’t have time for the book versions, only that people need to learn the advantages of skimming. A non-fiction work doesn’t have to be read like a novel: You can skip around and get to the good parts when time is tight.