I recently finished Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond. A phenomenal work. Not a light read but one that I couldn’t put down. No fiction in this work of course but definitely makes the reader think.
Yesterday, I started The Key To Rebecca, by Ken Follet. A piece of historical fiction, but fiction nonetheless. Good fiction gets me thinking differently. Fiction opens up a world that readers wouldn’t think of.
Deciding which I prefer, fiction or non-fiction, is not an easy task. Many factors, the author, story, subject, time, my mood, all play a role in deciding what I’m going to read.
So here is the question fellow bloggers: fiction or non-fiction, which do you prefer?
Would love to read Guns, Germs, and Steel. There’s a documentary on it but I know the book would be better. Haven’t read that Ken Follet book but Pillars of the Earth is probably my all time favorite book. I would have to go with historical fiction as my favorite…tends to blur the line a little between fiction and non but I like learning something about that moment in time. I’ve been stuck on Philippa Gregory lately. Also love Hampton Sides…Blood and Thunder is an excellent historical non-fiction read. Next in line I need to read from him is Ghost Soldiers (WWII era). Any other favorites of yours you would like to share? I’m always looking for suggestions.
Honestly, I’ve been on a Follet kick so to speak. You should read World Without End, the sequel to Pillars. Also Fall of Giants.
If you’re interested in WWII history, check out the Liberation Series by Rick Atkinson. The Day of Battle has inspired me to pen my own historical fiction piece.
Ghost Soldiers sounds interesting. Thanks for the reference.
I did read World Without End but never made it around to Fall of the Giants. I’ll have to add that to my list. Will definitely check out the WWII reference. Thanks.