Reading non-fiction books can sometimes be a heartache because it can be boring, too real, long, too analytic, and sometimes feels like a forced reading. Non-fiction books can be described as realistic books without fantasy. You should know that non-fiction books are not free of imaginations, and not all non-fiction books are biographies or autobiographies, for example, your textbooks can be classified under non-fiction books because they are factual. Reading non-fiction books for most people takes a lot of concentration to comprehend most of the words or message that is passed. Some of the obvious difficulties that we face reading non-fiction books include:
- We find it boring. Reading a book about people’s lives. economics, world history, wars, etc, can be interesting and also boring in many ways. In the population of the young and the old in the society, the old people don’t seem to mind reading non-fiction books mostly becomes it was in there early lifetime, and they read it as a form of remembrance while most young people are not interested in non-fiction like news, biographies, etc, they are interested in fictional movies, teen-fiction, romance etc. For example I got a book from the Bush Library that was about the White House and I left it on the bookshelf, and even read more than five fictional novels, but I still didn’t touch the book then my grandma came and read the book in less than 5 hours, how amazing is that because till now I haven’t read the book, but I already know what it is about. I think teens and young adults can deal with reading boring non-fiction books by thinking about how much they could gain from it because I think that non-fiction examples fit better in life examples or essay examples than fiction books.
- They are mostly too realistic, lengthy, and analytic, therefore requiring critical thinking and high appliance of knowledge. Most of us face the problem of critical reading and thinking even me. We feel that we already know enough about the world and some fun should be added to it instead of saddening stories. For example, The Holocaust was a very severe and sad genocidal event, and almost everyone knows about it because we have learned about it in almost every social studies classes taken or even from any adult, and then a child is given a book about holocaust to read, based on my observations from people around me in school only 2 out of 6 might read the book while others might say they’ve heard about it and that the book would be a torture, so they are better off watching the moving or even using sparknotes. Most non-fiction books that are not about real life events are usually very analytical requiring us to spend up to eight minutes on a page that we normally spend two or three minutes or even shorter because we spend about 5 minutes trying to understand the meaning of each word, as analytic books normally carry high level vocabulary. To handle the problem of lengthy and analytic reading, you can by using sticky notes to make notes after every few pages or if possible on every page, highlight important diction and sentences, and circle words you don’t understand, so that you will be able to refer to the dictionary later for the meaning.
- Forced reading. Forced reading is very common in the children from when they could read till they were done with every degree they plan to attain which still doesn’t signify the end of all these because of further certification tests that are required to keep their jobs. Forced reading is something that will be very had to escape, but the best way to face this read summaries, divide bit by bit, don’t compile the book just for a day’s reading when you had two six weeks trust me when I say I do that a lot , and it doesn’t help at all.