It’s no secret: I’m a reader. Since college (I know, I was a late bloomer), I’ve loved curling up with a good book and reading my day away. I tend to choose books based on language…no, not Enlish. I mean verbage. I’m more likely to enjoy a book where the passages are filled with flowery prose or a witty turn of phrase than I am a book with a really exciting plot. Don’t get me wrong though, plot counts too. I like books that wrap the reader in beautiful sentences and clever quotes. It was those two reasons, as a matter of fact, that caused me to fall in love with Vladimir Nabokov and Donald Harrington, respectively. I tend to enjoy mushy romantic stories much less…quite frankly because the writing usually (in my opinion) sucks. Sure, Nicholas Sparks can come up with a painfully heartwrenching plot, but the words he uses to tell the story just don’t do it for me.
With that being said, I have a rant. Not really a rant…wait, yes, it’s a rant. In the past couple of months, I’ve had several people suggest books to me. My GMIL does it all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE new book suggestions! Truly, I do. Here’s the thing though: when you suggest a book to me, tell me why YOU loved it, don’t tell me how much I will love it.
“You would absolutely LOVE this book. Especially, you know, since you like to read and write and stuff.”
Someone actually said that to me the other day. And all I could think was: your favorite movie of all time is “It’s Complicated”…somehow I don’t think we have the same taste in reading material.
But that’s not the first time it’s happened. The last time I flew, I sat next to a very pleasant lady who insisted that I would LOVE whatever book she was reading. She described the author as being “a lot like Nicholas Sparks but not as well known.” Yeah…I can’t wait to get my hands on THAT one!
Please, please please please, when you suggest a book to someone in the future, please tell them why YOU love that book. Tell them why YOU couldn’t put it down. Don’t insist that THEY will love it. Because truthfully, they might not.