Thursday, September 4, 2008
Booking Through Thursday: Peer Pressure
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.