About 2 years ago I asked my friends to suggest books for me to read. I was looking for about 20 titles. I got a list of 14 books
- The Beatitudes Book I
- Buffalo Bill’s Defunct
- Wallflower in Bloom
Elantris The Passage
The Swan Thieves
- Succubus Blues
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir The Wee Free Men The Shadow of the Wind
- The Round House
A Discovery of Witches The Art of Racing in the Rain
I am sure someone you remember suggesting one of these books to me. The ones with the strikethrough are the ones I have read… except 1: The Swan Thieves. That one I did not care for and gave up before I finished. I have no loyalty to books. If I am not enjoying reading/listening then I will give it up.
Most people ignored me. In fact, I can easily fill in 6 more spots and am still taking suggestions for those 6 spots. Feel free to suggest a book in the comments- if I already read it, I will just ask you for another.
Most of the people who did suggest books were primarily readers who were not librarians. Most of my librarian friends had a difficult time with this. They wanted to suggest a book that I would like. They wanted information about what books I had liked. They struggled when I would refuse to answer and simply ask them for a book they liked.
That was the purpose of my exercise: expand my reading selection. I wanted to read what my friends liked, not what I liked. Yes, I got a lot of suggestions that were similar to my tastes, but I got some that I would have never read otherwise. I learned more about my friends when I saw their selections. I get the inclination to suggest books for a person based on their preference. I also have books I wish other people would read.
There is something to be said for asking friends for suggestions. So far, I have no regrets about doing so. I just wish more people had suggested books.