Suggested Reading

Suggested Reading

As a writer, I have an interesting position with my friends who consider me a writer: they ask for reading suggestions, as though I’ve read everything and therefore know what’s worth reading. Now, admittedly, I do read a lot. Usually more during my breaks than when school is in session. I’ve been known to knock out ten books in a couple weeks, if I have the time. But the fact of the matter is, sometimes I’m absolutely thrown for a loop when someone asks me what they should read next.

Should I suggest a romance? A historical fiction? A fantasy? A sci-fi? The problem is, that my reading tastes are so varied that I have no idea what everyone else reads. Most of my friends are a lot more picky than I am about what to read, and some of them read a lot more literary fiction than me, though I am trying to break into that genre as well. And really, the only book that has even made a lasting impression on me this past year has been Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris, that book I read over the summer that still has me gushing to anyone who will listen to my half-cohesive rambling. I would like to mention, however, how pleased I am that my friends do read, and that they think my opinion is worth asking.

So. What do you do when someone asks you what they should read next?

5 Comments

  1. Hi – just wanted to introduce myself and say that I've friended you after finding a link via 'The White List'. Your journal looks really interesting – and as someone who would like to get into writing professionally, I like what you post about!

    As for book recs, I find I need to suss out what the person is into — but my first rec, no matter what, is always The English Patient! Then I go from there!

  2. Usually I ask them what book changed their life, other than the bible, and why or what the last two books they read. If that doesn’t give me an idea, then I’ll go onto what book did you read someone recommended to you and you hated, and at times I’ve asked what type of movies do you not like to watch – genre wise – those questions help out alot.

  3. Usually I ask them what book changed their life, other than the bible, and why or what the last two books they read. If that doesn't give me an idea, then I'll go onto what book did you read someone recommended to you and you hated, and at times I've asked what type of movies do you not like to watch – genre wise – those questions help out alot.

  4. Lola, welcome! I’m always glad to meet another writer. If there’s ever anything you would like to know more about, please comment! I’ll do my best to look up information and post. I’m glad the information that I’ve posted already is helpful…make sure to check out my tags as a table of contents for past entries.

    Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll add it to my list.

    Tdsnow, that’s a great idea, asking what other people have suggested and what were the last two books they read. I wasn’t even sure which questions to ask, I like so many books that I find it hard to believe that some people only stick to certain genres. Thanks for the help!

  5. Lola, welcome! I'm always glad to meet another writer. If there's ever anything you would like to know more about, please comment! I'll do my best to look up information and post. I'm glad the information that I've posted already is helpful…make sure to check out my tags as a table of contents for past entries.

    Thanks for the suggestion, I'll add it to my list.

    Tdsnow, that's a great idea, asking what other people have suggested and what were the last two books they read. I wasn't even sure which questions to ask, I like so many books that I find it hard to believe that some people only stick to certain genres. Thanks for the help!

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