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Monday Mania #16: Fiction vs Nonfiction

Everyone knows that there is a difference between fiction and nonfiction, but when asked to explain it find themselves fumbling over all the different ways they have heard them explained.  So, I thought it would be helpful to put this together.


Definition: something invented by the imagination or feigned.

Categories: Contemporary, Chick Lit, Crime Fiction, Comics, Fan Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers


  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  • Mercy by Stephen King
  • The Davinci Code by Dan Brown


Definition: writing that is about facts and real events.  *This is the broadest category of literature.

Categories: Biography, business, cooking, health & fitness, pets, crafts, home decorating, languages, travel, home improvement, religion/spirituality, art & music, history, self-help, true crime, science and humor.


  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer
  • The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  • The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

All the books that I listed above are adult books, but the information I have given you is also true for children’s books, short stories, poetry and other forms of writing.

If you have any questions or thoughts please leave them in the comment section and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Reading!!!!




I was a bibliophile before I learned the alphabet. From an early age I have used books to relieve the pressures of reality. I was I teenager before I appreciated the learning power of books. Now, as an adult, I read books for both learning and relaxation.

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