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    Non-fiction or fiction? Which genre do you prefer?

    By a show of hands (or, in this case, online responses), which genre do you prefer? Are you most engaged by fiction books, or are you partial to the non-fiction variety?

    I fall into the latter group. Give me a book on psychology or history and you'll find me engrossed for hours on end. Those happen to be my two favorite subjects.

    What about you guys?

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    non fiction is where i'm at at the moment because i'm all for educating myself. however i find with non fiction i can read for awhile and then not come back to the book for a day or two. i love what i'm reading but theres no rush to finish it if you know what i mean.
    when i read fiction i usually find it hard to put the book down, its like a movie- gotta watch till the end.
    both are so enjoyable but in different ways!!

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    This may sound a little silly of me, but I don't read books to find the truth in things, I read books as a means of escape. If I want the truth or I'm curious about a fact I either google it or I go ask a friend or specialist in that field. Although, lately, I have been finding psychology books a bit more appealing, a bit of outrageous fantasy is still a favorite for me personally.

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    I like a bit of both. I mainly read non fiction the likes of Koontz, King etc but if I see a non fiction book that grabs my attention then i'll buy it. I find I tend to be drawn to non fiction books that have a bit of mystery about them. The last non fiction I read was missing 411 about the unusual disappearances of people in the wilds of the US. It was quite a chilling read, very sad at times.

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    Fiction. I like to escape into a book. I rarely read non-fiction books cover to cover, I like to dip into them from time to time though.

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    I'm both. I like escapism (the Fantasy and sci-fis), but I also like reading about people from other cultures who have/had it the worse to remind myself that I should be thankful for the life I'm living now.

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    It depends on what I'm in the mood for.

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    Non fiction, hardly ever read fiction. It can be more absorbing but I love learning new facts. My favourite genres are entrepreneurship, biographies of people and businesses, books on politics and corruption etc. Also Personal Growth books.

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    Non-fiction.I hardly ever read fiction, although I've listened to a few audio versions of fiction lately.

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    Fiction. I treat non-fiction like eating my vegetables. The only non-fiction writers I legitimately devour the work of are jack Kerouac, Larson, and David Sedaris. But even their stories have fictional elements. They may be talking about real life events but they write them like a fiction novel and really pick and choose how they tell and what they tell to craft a story.

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