Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading. Today’s question is:
Do other people influence what you choose to read? When a family member recommends something, or a friend says they hated a book you were planning to read … does it affect your reading choices?
Yes, to some extent other people do influence what I choose to read. Quite a number of books on my TBR are books that I’ve seen other bloggers either review or mention and that I though sounded interesting. Family members can also encourage or discourage me to read a book. For example, a couple of years ago I found a book in the ‘book room’ of our house with the cover torn off called The Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman. My dad said that he needed to get a new copy of it because it was quite worn but that it was a wonderful book. So I read it, fell in love with it, read Tuchman’s The Guns of August, and hope to eventually to get around to reading the rest of her books. Similarly, my sister and I were talking about Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I was interested in reading it and she already had. She said it was terrible and to prove her point she said that when the main male character was talking about how much he loved the female character he said that he ‘wanted to melt into her like butter on toast.’ Ever since I heard that I have stayed well clear of that book!
Are you influenced in your reading by what other people say?