Thursday, May 13, 2010
Booking Through Thursday: Influence
Are your book choices influenced by friends and family? Do their recommendations carry weight for you? Or do you choose your books solely by what you want to read?
Wow! I can't specifically think of the last time a friend or family member recommended a book to me (other than Goodreads and blogging friends). I think they don't want to be enablers for my addiction. Either that, or I just have a bad memory. I do, however, get recommendations on television shows, which I don't watch enough of. I'm pretty lost in this area, so I appreciate the help. (Favorite recommended show: Lie to Me. Next ones to try: Big Bang Theory, Castle)
If someone does mention a book they loved, I almost always want to read it, but sometimes it gets lost in the "To Be Read" pit. I do love to be able to get into a discussion about a novel, which is why I love book clubs. That's usually when I read something I would have never picked out on my own, so in a way, that's influence from others. Otherwise, I basically read what I want, when I want. But maybe not as much as I want!
On the flip side, I hate making recommendations to others. It's even too much pressure for me to pick one out for a book club. My turn for one of my groups is coming up, and I chose The Help. I can't go wrong with that, right?
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