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“Coerced” into Reading
I’m a voracious reader. There are always more titles in my to-be-read files (e-books) and on my to-be-read shelves (print books) than I could ever read, mainly because more good ones are released every week and I keep adding to them! Once when I was trying to be very good financially and not spend money on books, my TBR fell to about 20 books. I panicked. What if I got sick or something?! I’d be done in two days! Never letting that happen again.
So because I love to read and always have plenty of books, I’m selective about my choices. There are some genres I just never (okay, almost never) read, and if a book doesn’t sound like my cup of tea, it doesn’t matter how much other people rave about it. I don’t bother to check it out.
But there are exceptions. Once in a while, a book or series gets so much hype, or the right kind of hype, that I can’t help myself. Here are the biggest ones:
1. Harry Potter
I didn’t read these right away. I’d heard the fuss, and rolled my eyes at the extremists and naysayers, but none of that compelled me to try the books. After book 3 came out but before book 4 was released, my husband and I were taking a trip that would mean driving home in the middle of the night, getting home around 4:00 a.m. We wanted an audiobook to keep us awake. Alas, I fell asleep before Vernon Dursley made it to work that first morning, but I was hooked by the cat reading the street sign. I confess I’ve never actually read any of the books, but I’ve listened to Jim Dale’s fantastic performance well over a dozen times. My husband and kids are devoted fans, too.
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I hadn’t even heard of this series when a parent asked me at the soccer field if Number One, then in middle school, was looking forward to the release of Eclipse. Her son was super-excited for it, and I was intrigued. What kind of books were so compelling that both boys and girls were reading them? I read the series through to the end, just to find out what happened, and it’s led to some good discussions with my girls. I was very proud of Number One when she shifted from Team Edward to Team Jacob. :)
3. Percy Jackson
Number Two was reading this series first. I’d been aware of it, but hadn’t had much interest. But she loved it so much, and was so into the revelations and twists that she pushed all the rest of us to read it so we could discuss. And all three of the rest of us fell in love, prodding each other to finish the next book so we could have our turn. This was the best experience for me out of the whole group, because my kids were at ages where their interests had begun to separate, and this brought us all together.
4. Hunger Games
I started this one. I decided to read it because it kept popping up in my Twitter feed. It wasn’t a type of story that interested me much, but people who share my taste in books were raving about the series. I ended up loving the overall story more than some of the actual writing, but again, we got the whole household involved, so much that my husband passionately expressed his casting views before the first movie came out.
When I started this blog post, my point was simply that it’s amusing that sometimes, despite my independent nature, I can be coerced into jumping on the bandwagon. But in writing it, I realized that the value wasn’t in joining people all over the world in a bit of entertainment, but in sharing the joy of that entertainment with people I love. How about that? :)
Have you ever found yourself coerced into reading something you wouldn’t normally? How did it turn out? (I’ll be back to respond to comments when I get home from my day job!)