Booking Through Thursday: Peer Pressure

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Suggested by JM:

I was looking through books yesterday at the shops and
saw all the Twilight books, which I know basically nothing about. What
I do know is that I’m beginning to feel like I’m the *only* person who
knows nothing about them.

Despite being almost broke and trying to save money, I almost bought
the expensive book (Australian book prices are often completely nutty)
just because I felt the need to be ‘up’ on what everyone else was

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?

I don’t feel pressured into reading books.  I read a lot, so if someone mentions a few times that a book is good and it’s something that I would read anyway,  I would check it out.  But a lot of my friends don’t read the same genre.  Some read mysteries and crime fiction, while others read contemporary romance and for the most part I don’t read widely in those genres so I usually don’t even get to the point where I will check the book out.  I try not to review anything that I have a feeling I won’t like.  You never know about a book but after awhile I’ve gotten to have a pretty strong sense of what I will like and what I don’t, and I usually know why.

The most peer pressure that I can say I have felt is from my book clubs, and that’s pressure that I chose.  Right now we’re reading The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer, and I know this isn’t a book that I would have read otherwise.  So far it’s a good book in that it’s an interesting story and the author knows his way around a sentence, but I’m not moved by the main character and at 106 pages in I would probably be thinking about cutting my losses if I weren’t reading it for book club next Tuesday.  The writing is good enough that I would check out this author again.  I might like something else of his.  I am still hoping that something sparks within the next few pages. We’ll see.

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  1. I’ve read something for a book club before that I personally wouldn’t have chosen. However I think that is what makes book clubs interesting because it will present so many mixed opinions.
    However for personal reading I do not give in to pressure.

  2. I am a reviewer for an online book tour company, so I tend to read their books on tour, but that’s about the worst ‘pressure’ I really get. I do sometimes feel, though, that I should know at least a little about the latest crazes.