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Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction?

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Re: Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction?

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I prefer non-fiction to fiction, although I can enjoy a good novel every now and again. I tend to fall in an out of interests and my reading follows the interest. Some of the best non-fiction books I have read are:

Death of a President by William Manchester (reads like fiction and yes it was written in a more innocent age)

The Best and The Brightest by David Halberstam

Bright and Shining Lie Neel Sheenan.

The Fifties. David Halberstam

Freedom From Fear. David Kennedy

The Reformation Diarmaid MacCulloch
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Veneer wrote:I prefer non-fiction to fiction, although I can enjoy a good novel every now and again. I tend to fall in an out of interests and my reading follows the interest. Some of the best non-fiction books I have read are:

Death of a President by William Manchester (reads like fiction and yes it was written in a more innocent age)
I picked up Death of a President on Veneer's recommendation. He is right twice. It reads like a novel and is from a more innocent age.
I have always been a Manchester fan The Glory and the Dream is my favorite. American Caesar made him rich and famous but the shock value of "Dug-out Doug MacArthur was a mommas-boy tin soldier" is long gone.
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I currently prefer non-fiction, but there was a time years-ago when I preferred fiction. And I suspect my tastes may change again. I tend to get more impatient with fiction if I don't find it engaging. I am apt to quit a fiction book if it is not resonating with me by the first chapter. With non-fiction, I am more patient because I think I am learning something with each new chapter.

I remember the line "Non-fiction is about fact, Fiction is about truth". Which makes sense to me. And a good fiction story can really resonate with truths that I understand or show me a new way of seeing things, but the characters, dialog, and plot have to work harder to hold my attention then they have to do with non-fiction.

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Chris OConnor wrote: Fiction relaxes me more than nonfiction, and I find it a better choice right before bed.
Fascinating. I prefer fiction to non fiction (although not by much). I mostly read non fiction before going to sleep because I have had far too many 1 AM evenings getting lost in a novel.
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Well i read both a work of fiction and non- fiction simultaneously, and frankly, value both. it all really comes down to the kind of mood your in.
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I like both and choose depending on my state of mind. Currently I am reading The LAST LECTURE by Randy Pausch and I am finding it interesting.
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