I haven’t played along in the Booking Through Thursday event in quite some time, but I’m feeling like doing so, today. Mind you, I’m choosing to answer a question from a couple of weeks ago, which asks:
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?
At first, I was going to say that others don’t influence my reading choices. But, upon further reflection, I see that they do, in fact, do so.
The majority of books I’ve read in the last few years are ones that I’ve found via blogger recommendations/reviews online. Even if they haven’t directly said to me, specifically, “Hey, you should read this!“, they have still influenced what I’ve chosen to read.
Also, when I get emails offering books for review, these are -in effect- “recommendations”, too. These also influence what I choose to read. Instead of picking a book off my shelves, I am “influenced” to choose to read these review books, instead (first).
As far as family and friends coming up to me and telling me I need to read this or that, no — I’m not often persuaded (influenced) by that. For one, because people don’t often do that. But, also because I always have so many other books on the go already that I just don’t take those recommendations all that seriously. Ha! Maybe that’s why people don’t recommend books to me! :P
My original thought that no one really influences me was based on the fact that I’ve always been extremely stubborn, refusing to follow fads and trends. I like to do my own thing. And, that spills over into my reading choices, too. I’ll make up my own mind, thank you very much! LOL. But, like I said, I see now that I am subtly influenced by others — I just didn’t see that until now.