I’ve been thinking recently about what I want to get out of my reading. My reading tastes have been shifting ever more strongly towards nonfiction and a little bit towards heavier reads. I’m also trying to take on more reading projects. All of this has made me consider what is motivating these changes and what, if anything, I’m trying to accomplish. I realized that for me, the reasons I read all essentially break down into two categories. I read for pleasure and I read to learn things. There are some variations on those themes though, depending on what sort of book I’m reading. Here are more specific descriptions of what I’m hoping for when I pick up books in a sampling of genres.
|In this genre…||This is what I consider fun…||This is what I hope to learn…|
|Romance||heartwarming, cozy, comforting plot with a happily ever after||maybe something about what I want in a relationship or what I think is attractive/acceptable behavior|
|Thriller||fast paced, twisty plot||N/A – can you think of something that could go here? Let me know in the comments!|
|Literary fiction & Classics||smart, witty, incisive commentary||possibly some insight into human nature, exploration of an interesting topic or theme|
|Science fiction||exciting, action packed, interesting world building||possibly thoughtful exploration of what it means to be human or how technology might change our lives|
|Memoir||moving or funny story telling||insight into someone else’s lived experience|
|Narrative nonfiction||engaging plot, interesting characters||a story about how something happened in the past|
|Investigative journalism/True Crime||extremely well researched, detailed story||a story about a newsworthy event, often more current|
|Topical nonfiction (Science, Pop psychology, etc)||information presented in an entertaining way||detailed knowledge on one specific topic|
|Academic nonfiction||N/A – If I’m not bored, that’s a win!||extremely in depth knowledge on one specific topic|
What do you enjoy about reading? Are there specific things you hope to experience when you pick up books in particular genres?