This month's Reading Challenge at Books on First is to read a book of non-fiction. Truth be told, works of fiction have one wonderful thing in common: the reader can believe, "This could be me," or "I can picture someone I know in this situation." But, non-fiction happens specifically to someone else, and probably will never happen to the reader, even when the book is about pancreatic cancer or New York City and the reader has just been diagnosed with that illness or lives in this locale.
Nonetheless, reading non-fiction can open doors just like fiction can, even while it proves a challenge to some avid readers. Take up the gauntlet and read some non-fiction to calm the end-of-year soul and soothe away the holiday stress.
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