Thursday, September 4, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Peer Pressure

This week's question:
Have you ever felt pressured to read something because ‘everyone else’ was reading it? Have you ever given in and read the book(s) in question or do you resist? If you are a reviewer, etc, do you feel it’s your duty to keep up on current trends?

Pressured? No. Curious? Yes, a little bit.

I will check out a book that is getting a lot of attention only if I'm genuinely interested in it. (The Da Vinci Code and the Harry Potter series both come to mind.) For the most part, I'm very much an individual when it comes to my reading. With so many books out there, I have to be a bit picky when it comes to devoting my time to a book. If there's something that's incredibly popular but I have little to no interest in it, I won't waste my time. But if I'm the least bit curious about something, I will most likely track it down at some point.

I do try to keep up with current trends (advance reading copies are fabulous for that), but again, I limit myself to books that genuinely pique my interest. I do read more genres than I did before I started writing reviews, but that was based on independent decision rather than a "follow the crowd" mentality.


  1. I don't really follow book trends. I've never felt pressured to read something, just because it was popular. I didn't start reading Harry Potter until just before the first film came out. I loved those books. They completely lived up to the hype and I'm glad I finally gave in!

  2. I think the key phrase for me in your post was "at some point." I don't feel like I have to track it down right now, but maybe later...maybe. But then again, maybe not. :)

  3. Holly: I didn't break down and read the Harry Potter books until Book 5. I read the first three books the weekend Order of the Phoenix was released.

    Just A Reading Fool: Yes. I usually don't feel an urgency to rush right out and read something just because it's popular. I like to take my time and figure out if it's really something I want to read. If it is, I'll seek it out. Eventually.