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?
A recommendation can certainly get me interested, and a negative review may affect my decisions too. That rather depends on whose opinion it is, though, and also what kind of book and if they give specific reasons for liking or disliking it. I’m more likely to weigh in someone else’s opinion if I know we often enjoy the same books/genres.
Sometimes I also read to form my own opinion, even if I suspect I might not like the book as much as whoever recommended it. In that case I usually borrow from the library rather than buy, though.
…Postcard received recently from a friend….