Major Benefits Of Reading Nonfiction Books
These are some of the major benefits of reading nonfiction books. Here, Non-Fiction books mean biographies, autobiographies, books on social issues, geopolitics and history.
The 8 Major Advantages of Reading Nonfiction Books
. Gaining of Knowledge
. Better understanding of the history
. Able to connect the past with the present
. Solid facts and figures
. Helps in essay writing and articles
. Development of Analytical thinking
. Confidence booster
. Helps in overall personality development
Gaining of Knowledge
There is a saying, We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. In fact, majority of us likes to polish our ignorance, isn’t it. But, books can struck that ignorance with a heavy blow that it will start showing the signs of cracking. Especially, nonfiction books.
Take this for example – A person is born in India. So, he or she will grew up seeing the face of Mahatma Gandhi. In India, Gandhi is everywhere. But, that person will not understand the importance of Gandhi until someone tells her about him or either she read about him on her own.
Here, comes into the picture, nonfiction books. A good biography or an in-depth Book On Gandhi will help that person in gaining knowledge about the father of the nation of India.
The same we can say about any topic which a person wanna know about it. The nonfiction literature on that particular issue will help you in gaining knowledge.
Better understanding of the history
We often used to hear this line here and there, What comes around goes around. Whatever happened in the past will surely repeats itself but in different shapes and sizes. And those who are aware of their past can tackle the unforeseen circumstances better than those who don’t even know anything about it.
For example, India was enslaved by the British for almost 150 years. And those people who’ve studied the reasons and circumstances which led the British to colonise India can tell the posterity so that they will not repeat the same mistakes which their forefathers did hundreds of years ago, isn’t it.
Some of you might be thinking how can nonfiction literature helps in this. So, if you’ve read good nonfiction books on the history of British Empire in India then I’m sure you will get an ample amount of idea about the reasons and causes behind the enslavement. In a nutshell you will get good understanding of the history, isn’t it.
Able to connect the past with the present
Nonfiction books helps a person in connecting the past with the present. But, the question arises how? In the previous point we’ve discussed that how nonfiction literature helps in understanding history. Similarly, if you are aware about the history of your country or the important historical incidents and if you see the same situations and circumstances in and around the society then you can easily able to connect the past with the present.
For example – Fascist forces and Religious extremism were some of the many reasons which led to the partition of India in August 1947.Whenever these forces on the rise you will see social disharmony and chaos in the society. So, if you have read about the partition of India and you see the same circumstances around the society then you will be able to connect the past with the present.
Solid facts and figures
One of the greatest benefits of reading nonfiction literature is that you will get an ample of data on different topics.
Example – Biography or autobiography books of different personalities will give us good amount of data which can be used for different things. Like, Autobiography of the first Prime Minister of Independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru will give us solid facts and figures regarding his life and times and most importantly about his ideology.
Helps in essay writing and articles –
Nonfiction books also helps a person in essay writing and articles. Because, if you wanna write about the horrific Jallianwala Bagh Massacre then how can you write without knowing the facts about it, isn’t it. But, if you have read some good books on that topic then you can write with ease. Although, developing good writing skills takes time.
Development of Analytical thinking
Nonfiction books also helps in development of analytical thinking. It gives you a push to start questioning the things around yourself.
We can take this for example –
India celebrates its Independence and Republic Day on 15th August and 26th January respectively. An average mind won’t question that why they celebrate on that day only. But, a curious person will surely ask why not on 13th August and 1st January, isn’t it. This is analytical thinking all about.
I’ll tell that why Indians celebrate Independence Day on 15th August and Republic Day on 26th January.
It was the last viceroy of British India, Louis Mountbatten who decided 15th August 1947 as the day for the Indian Independence. And he selected this date because on 15 August 1945, Japan surrendered to the allies during the WW2. At that time Mountbatten was the supreme commander of the South East Asia. And 15th August sticked with his mind.
Now, we will come to the republic day. On 26 January 1929, Purna Swaraj ( Complete Independence) resolution was passed in Lahore by the Indian National Congress. From that day they’ve decided to celebrate 26th January as the Independence Day for India. But, Independence came on 15th August 1947. To commemorate 26th January, the Indian Constitution came into force which was already completed in December 1949.That’s why Indians celebrate its republic day on 26th January.
I hope now you realise the importance of analytical thinking in one’s life.
Reading nonfiction books also boost your confidence. Because, once you are loaded with good knowledge you can speak with confidence. And since you know your sources very well that also gives you an edge over those who neither read nor they are interested in knowing about this world of ours.
Helps in overall personality development
Human mind is like a well the more we pour it with good things the more it became helpful not only for that person but also for the society. In fact, If we count all the points discussed above then we can say that reading good nonfiction books helps in developing personality of a person.
Although, reading is a continuous process. The more you read the more you realise about lot of unknown things. I’ve included those points which I’ve experienced myself. And, I’ll add more points whenever I experience them.
But, you will gain all of this when you start reading.
So, if you wanna start reading then you can also read another article of mine – How To Start Reading Books.
Although, we’ve discussed about the major benefits of reading nonfiction books. But, if you wanna know about the overall benefits of reading books then you can also check my article – Benefits Of Reading Books.
I hope you like this, Thanks for reading, Jai Hind.