Sreekar Scribbles

Finally Found the Fiction I Love

I have always been a non-fiction fan. Learning something new, diving deep into it, discussing it, and debating it—that's how I keep the curious-me happy!

However, the curious-me also wanted to explore fiction. And I did try—not once, not twice, but multiple times. Yet, I could never enjoy reading fiction.

But but but....something happened recently! I read a couple of novels—The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman—and I enjoyed them!

This got me thinking—what was different this time? Why did these novels click with me?

I pondered over these questions plus all my failed attempts at fiction and I made some interesting observations:

  1. No slow burns for me—I need the plot to keep moving!

  2. Characters are way more interesting to me than settings. I'd rather delve into a character's life than read a bunch of scenic descriptions.

  3. I hate high-end vocab. Simple, easy-to-understand words—that's what I prefer.

  4. Book length doesn't bother me, but I like my chapters short and sweet—ten pages tops.

  5. Plus, brownie points if the story has an element of suspense.

So, these are my current reading preferences, though I'm sure they'll evolve as I read more.

For now, I'm sticking to stories that match my taste, but who knows? Maybe I'll venture out of my comfort zone soon.

Right now, I'm reading Anxious People—another amazing book by Fredrik Backman. It's packed into 74 short chapters, each only a few pages long. I've breezed through about ten chapters and I'm already in love with it! 🫶