Here, You Should Read This Book


“Here, you should read this book.” It’s hard to refuse reading a book when someone says something like this to you. You know, where they stop you and say this, not actually having the book in their hand and go off to hunt for it. What are you supposed to do? Say no? No. You’ve already been singled out, this book is for you.

Of course this just happened to me. Luckily, the book was for me. The book being Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, a book I feel almost compelled to write about once I finish it (which will hopefully be soon). Apparently, people love Ishiguro. I can see why.

Anyway, recommending books. Unless you’re one of my close friends what I’m about to reveal may surprise you, the two books most recommended by me to my friends. Now it won’t be the fact that I recommend books that will surprise you—it’ll be the titles. To The Vanishing Point by Alan Dean Foster and Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith. Not exactly great classics are they? I bet you’ll love reading them though.

How do you find your books? Do you rely on recommendations? Do you use LibraryThing? Do you ignore everyone and just read what you want? I’d like to know.

(Thanks for the idea for the question EngTech)


4 comments

  1. Heather says:

    I’m a browser. I also choose from books people recommend – both friends and bloggers. My TBR Mountain (books I don’t have but are on the list anyway) won’t ever be completed in my lifetime but the accumulation of titles gives me a lot of pleasure all the same.

  2. Maestro says:

    I always ask people, “what did you like in particular? (about the book they’re recommending). That usually gives me a good idea of whether or not it holds an interest for me. Other than that, I stick to classics or choose by topic rather than author. That way if an author’s style isn’t to my taste, at least it is a topic that I enjoy.

  3. Kristi says:

    Wow, that person was pretty pushy.

    P.S. Can you bring my book back tomorrow?

  4. Ian Stewart says:

    Sure, which one? Kidnapped, Gilead, or Never Let Me Go? Or are there others? 😉

    (My book lending sister-in-law, everyone)

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