Reading Fiction books vs Nonfiction books: Benefits
As much as the "Get Rich" crowd thinks that nonfiction is the way to go, they might be wrong.
My interest in reading books first started from Tai Lopez's famous Youtube ad where he shows his Lamborghini and Ferrari and then shows his bookshelf and pretty much talks about how books played an important role in his journey towards success.
From there, I'd often find articles where Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, and many other entrepreneurs would have these lists of books for ambitious people to read.
Within these reading lists, besides all of them being fiction books, it looks like I always hear about the same book titles like Atomic Habits or Zero to One or Blue Ocean Strategy or Shoe Dog. Basically all of the popular titles that you'll often hear about in entrepreneur and business communities.
As much as I liked reading those books, I find myself not being able to apply the concepts those books teach into my life because I was really young at the time and I was still in middle school. However, when I started reading blogs on emotional intelligence and on stock market investing, I was able to apply those ideas into my real life as I wanted to become a better person and during the time, I was also learning to trade stocks through a stock market simulator.
For a long time, I've always been told and have always been reading nonfiction books relating to business and self-improvement thinking that the small ideas I will gain from them (and from reading them in general) will make me rich in the future.
Then the pandemic struck.
After going through all of my nonfiction books, I had no more books to read. My local library was closed temporarily to the pandemic. I had no choice but to either start reading fiction books that I've never finished reading or to not read at all. I chose the first option.
I started my return to reading fiction by reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. This was a book that I was only halfway done in 5th grade and stopped reading once I finished elementary. Since then, years have gone by and I've never touched it till the pandemic came. After finishing that book, I started going through more of my collection of fiction books. Since these books mostly came from the latter years of elementary, those books were normal-sized (with some being smaller) and were honestly better in quality than I originally thought.
Once the library reopened, I started borrowing books once again except this time, I chose to borrow more Star Wars books since I was hungry for more Star Wars content. Since I grew up with Canon, I always choose to read Canon. I started out by reading the first book of the Thrawn Ascendancy series: Chaos Rising. This book was a bit hard to read because I'm being immersed in a world that I've never seen nor heard about before and was only familiar with one of the characters, Thrawn. At the same time, the book was well written to the point where it has become one of my favorite books so far.
Then, I chose to read a Canon book based on one of the Star Wars video games. That book was called Battlefront: Twilight Company. While there was a lot going on and I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous book, the biggest takeaway I got from that book is that I got to gain unique perspectives about the rebel and the imperial soldiers.
After finishing that book, I read Catalyst: A Rogue One Story. This book was based on the prequel to the Star Wars movie Rogue One. What made this my favorite Star Wars novel was that the author, James Luceno, wrote the narrative of the book in a way that was easy to comprehend and imagine in your head. Also, I got to learn a lot about the construction of the infamous Death Star and the politics that went on during the Clone Wars and in the early days of the Empire when it came to the Death Star project. The interactions between Krenic, Galen Erso, Lyra Erso, Mas Ameda, Moff Tarkin, and more were things that have shown me one of the biggest benefits of reading fiction: learning to interpret and infer.
Here are more benefits to reading fiction:
Reading fiction causes the mind to imagine and process the story. While it does that, fiction introduces the mind to different concepts and from it, those concepts can then be used to help you see things in different ways.
Reading isn't ready; it requires hard work. You need to have the energy and willpower to tune out distractions and focus on the story at hand. As they say, reading is a muscle and like the muscles in our arms and legs, by continuing to exercise them, we can strengthen them. Reading is an exercise to the brain as push-ups are an exercise to our arms.
Reading fiction books comes with a lot of benefits. Entrepreneurs will find a lot of value in reading fiction as reading fiction will help them develop a more creative mind. And with a creative mind, you can find creative solutions.
Currently, I'm reading the second book of the Thrawn Ascendancy series: Greater Good. So far, I've been able to connect events from the Chaos Rising book to this book and the quality of the story is identical to that of its predecessor.