When it comes to fiction books, some books add value to your life. Some books teach you lessons or give you opportunities for reflection. Others are what I call bubble gum books. They are a nice distraction. They add temporary value like gum temporarily freshens your breath. But when have you ever said to your friend, "Let me tell you about a piece of gum I chewed last month. That Orbit brand Mango flavor is my favorite chewing gum of all time."