Interesting chat with my office-mates over coffee this morning... Neither of them (both male scientists in their early 30s) ever read fiction books. One of them read fiction regularly until his mid-teens, when he became more interested in factual works, to the exclusion of fictional works, while the other one (to my astonishment) has never enjoyed reading fiction - has tried reading them occasionally, but feels a kind of embarrassment at engaging in the suspension of disbelief thing that leads him to dismiss the whole field as "childish". Now, I read fiction voraciously when I'm in the mood for it. That mood comes less often now than it did when I was a child, but I still read quite a lot of fiction by most people's standards. Part of it is escapism, absorbing myself in a world drawn from an interesting imagination. Part of it is the relaxation that that escapism affords. Part of it is for the pure pleasure of detecting the patterns and styles of a particular author, decoding the puzzles that they set out. Part of it is for the interest in seeing how the real world is reflected in the view of the author's imagination, and can lead to new ways of thinking about aspects of the real world. I'd always assumed that almost everyone enjoyed reading fiction regularly, but now I'm wondering if maybe I'm the odd one out here. Do you read much fiction? At all? Why do you do it, if you do? Or why don't you, if you don't? What do you expect to get out of a fiction book when you pick it up? And does that match what you actually do get out of it?