Booking Through Thursday: The Anxiety of Influence


It’s been a long time since I answered a Booking Through Thursday. Here is this week’s question:

Are your book choices influenced by friends and family? Do their recommendations carry weight for you? Or do you choose your books solely by what you want to read?

My book choices have multiple influences: Sometimes it’s whim — go to bookstore or library and browse and see what looks interesting. Sometimes I read about something in a review or in another book and think, Hey, this sounds interesting. Sometimes friends and family recommend stuff, and I actually follow their recommendations. Sometimes I just follow an ever changing list in my head. And, of course, there are the stacks of unread books that often beckon, Read me, read me!, and eventually I obey the books.

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