BTT asked: 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?
My answer: Yes, definitely. I think it’s hard not to be influenced, even just a little bit, by those around you, not just friends and family but other bloggers, the media, bookstores, and even libraries. Seeing a book on display somewhere, hearing it hyped online, or seeing a review of it on every other blog I subscribe to can definitely influence me in a small way.
That’s not to say that I will automatically read or not read a book based solely on what others say about it. I also do some research, read the synopsis, check ratings, and generally just go with my gut to see if it really appeals to me and whether or not I’ll enjoy it.
If a family member or friend recommends something to me, then chances are I’ll end up reading it unless I know it’s not for me. But if they’re specifically recommending it to me, then they know me well and have an idea about what I like. Even if they hated a book and I know it’s about something I enjoy, then I won’t stay away from it just because they didn’t like it.
So yes, I’m influenced in some ways, but I also take others’ opinions with a grain of salt and do some research of my own to see if it’s a book for me.
What about you? Do you feel influenced by others? How do you choose your books? Do you have someone who has such similar taste in books that you always trust their recommendations?