I’ve been trying to read more—with varying amounts of success—and the “…lingering guilt if it isn’t an important book, or at least an improving one” has been a real thing for me. But after reading through How to Fall Back in Love with Reading this morning, I feel less bad about my recent predilection to read (and re-read) fiction.
Whatever you need to do to reestablish a reading habit is a net benefit, and that should extend to what you read, too. That might require divorcing yourself from the notion that books have to be important or educational to be legitimate. “Just give yourself permission to read whatever you’re interested in reading,” Escoto says.
I probably should start folding some more non-fiction back into my reading at some point, but for now, I’m just going to keep reading what makes me happy.