5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Reading Non-Fiction
As you can tell from this book blog, my taste in reading is rather diverse, with only a very few genres and book types I tend to stay away from, simply because I think most books are cool, and there is something to be said about keeping it interesting by reading a wide variety. I sure as heck, am rarely bored with my reading choices, which is an awesome side effect. What I choose to read at the moment, does have a lot to do with my mood, as well as how much time I have at the moment to invest in a particular subject. And as you surely are aware – some books and topics simply need more attention than others.
For me, reading nonfiction vs fiction is that nonfiction should transform me somehow. Not that fiction can not have transformative qualities, but I absolutely demand that from a non-fiction book, which is also why I am hard on them at times. My reason for reading non-fiction is to learn something that is actionable and concrete, and therefore powerful and extends far beyond the mere time i have spent with the book itself. It is also a spring board toward more, and that is why I take my time to ask myself the following questions when reading a non-fiction book. Feel free to use them as journaling prompts for your reading journal.
- How does this content/subject matter apply to my life in a concrete manner? In order to get the most out of the read content, I find it most important to make it relatable to your own life. Even the most obscure nonfiction books have within them lessons, that can be applied in daily life, even if it is a thought of what not to do.
- How can I turn what I have learned from this book into actionable steps to further myself on my journey toward my goals? Implying what you have learned is, in my opinion, the most important reason to read non-fiction books in the first place. Without taking action steps, the knowledge is useless. Therefore, if you want to limit yourself to one questions, out of these 5, this would be the most important one.
- How does this information translate itself into my career? Even if the subject does not apply in a direct way to your career, it might do so in an indirect way. Try to find a way to discover what you could use this learned knowledge for to further yourself in your career path.
- Who can I share this information/book/knowledge/lesson with? Sharing what you learned enforces your own lessons. Keeping this truth in mind, don’t keep what you learned to yourself. Just make sure that the person whom you are trying to teach is a willing student.
- What can I read next to build upon that knowledge I learned from this book? If you enjoyed or found value in the lessons within the book you just read, find a way to deepen and expand that knowledge by finding more books on the subject, or utilizing the internet to search for more. One book can become a springboard to deepening your expertise in a subject matter, in a surprising way, if you utilize that option.
Question: Do you read more non-fiction or fiction books as a general rule and why? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Here is a list of my current favorite nonfiction books you may want to check out:
Rich20Something: Ditch Your Average Job, Start An Epic Business And Score The Life You Want by Daniel Dipiazza