A reader’s a wonderful thing. Very seldom are two readers exactly alike. Some read for enjoyment and escape, while others for information and inspiration. A truly versatile reader will read for any and all reasons.
These types of readers are more generally classified as fiction or nonfiction readers. Personally I fall almost exclusively into the camp of fiction reader. I read to escape reality and enjoy the make believe world where conflicts get resolved and there is a happily ever after ending.
I know I am missing out on a lot of great books because I struggle to find enjoyment in nonfiction reading. I know that there are books that would help me grow and improve, but I find they sit on my shelf for weeks before I give up and return them to the library so I can continue reading that new fiction book I’ve been waiting for.
A wonderful podcast, Bookworm, has helped me gain the benefit of many nonfiction books without spending days or weeks reading them. In an hour and a half Joe and Mike will give an in-depth summary and application of the book they have read. Books that have long been on my, “I should read this list” include Quiet, by Susan Cain, Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell and one that I am going to attempt to read, Mindset, by Carol Dweck.
So if like me you struggle to read nonfiction but believe the information, inspiration and improvement of the books are worth an hour and a half of you time, I encourage you to check out Joe & Mike’s podcast Bookworm.