In discussion with an engineer whose book reviews I enjoy, I discovered that most of his reading was non-fiction.
Personally, I read like 95% non-fiction and focus on books that help me improve various areas of my business and personal life.
That 5% of fiction reading is just to relax a bit and consists almost entirely of John Grisham legal thrillers.
Now I have no problem with John Grisham, but I couldn’t help feeling that my colleague was missing out.
So, I set out to find ten reasons – and ten novels – to help change his mind.
1 – Empathy
2 – Gender Balance
6 – Lateral Thinking
7 – Escape
I make a recommendation for each section, based on books I’ve enjoyed, but these should be taken as illustrative examples only. Some are bestselling classics, other are tiny runs from independent presses.
Choosing a book is incredibly personal and my sole aim is to encourage you to go to your local bookshop or library, if you can.
But wherever you get your books from – try something new.
Fiona Erskine is a professional engineer and the author of Jaq Silver thrillers The Chemical Detective, The Chemical Reaction, The Chemical Cocktail and genre defying Phosphate Rocks: A death in Ten Objects.