Last year, I read 75% fiction instead (still out of 100 books or so). I blamed it on all you bloggers, as your reviews made me kept adding (mostly) fiction books to my TBR list :)
This year, I wanted to try 50-50. So far, it's about 2/3 fiction, 1/3 non-fiction. So I definitely have some catching up to do. But I am in a non-fiction reading slump for some reasons. I have started 3 non-fiction books I'd been looking forward to, but had to put them aside as I couldn't concentrate. Now, I am not abandoning them, as least not yet, so I want to wait till I am in the mood to read them. To give them a fair try.
I think one reason is because I am busy at work, so I read to escape. I have to pay extra attention when I read non-fiction, as my goal in reading non-fiction is usually to learn something new. When I read fiction, I just want to let my imagination go wild. I guess it's like watching a movie (fiction), as opposed to a documentary (non-fiction).
I suppose at least I still want to read, even if it's just fiction. I am such a mood reader.
But am I really a mood reader? A friend asked for some book recommendation. She likes happy books, and doesn't like scary or depressing books. I looked through the list of books I'd read in the past few years, and many of them were not happy books lol. She enjoyed The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Lottery by Patricia Wood. I was racking my brain trying to think of something. Eventually I came up with The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen, The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry and Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys (only because Lottery reminded me a bit of the last book.) Even then, they all had a bit of a sad element in them. Personally, the more emotional the better (fictional stories), for me. Books that make me cry are more memorable, and I tend to rate those higher.
Can you recommend any happy books?
PS - the 3 non-fiction that I put "on hold" for now are:
- Crazy: Notes On and Off the Couch by Rob Dobrenski
- Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way by Molly Birnbaum
- The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adrià's elBulli by Lisa Abend
- Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek
- What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
- Creep by Jennifer Hillier