Friday, August 3, 2012

When a book goes “viral” (Hunger Games, Fifty Shades, Twilight), do you rush out to read it like everyone else, even if it’s not in your typical genre?

It usually has to be something that interests me for me to go out and get it right away. When 50 Shades came out, I did buy the first one immediately, read it and then said "Nope" to the other two although somehow I managed to get a copy of the third in the series which is shoved in a closet somewhere. However, when the Harry Potter series came out, I didn't buy them, read them, ponder them or anything. And finally - thanks to my friends, Kate and Kim, I have started reading them and am in the middle of the 3rd book. I also scoffed at reading The Hunger Games series until enough people told me they were really that good but I caved in- AND LOVED - that series as well. Now, I am on where I can get recommendations from friends and strangers alike and now I actually listen to people and read book blogs. I guess I have matured (somewhat).


Susan said...

Yeah, you never know, do you? Sometimes hyped-up books get all that attention because they deserve it (HG, HP, etc.) and other times, it's just because they're provocative. Checking reviews/recommendations is a good way to know the difference.

Glad to have found you via the Hop!

KT's Reading Rainbow said...

Thanks, Susan! Glad to meet ya!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for participating! I also loved The Hunger Games series! Glad to meet you!

Marce said...

Getting recommendations from friends and similar interest blogs is the best way to go for sure.

Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books said...

Sometimes hyped books do not live up. I.E. The Time Travelers Wife. I've tried twice now to read that book and I just can't do it.

Elizabeth said...

Cute Blog...I LOVED THE BOOK THIEF. Saw your post below.

Good answer for the blog hop...mine is at:

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Kate@Midnight Book Girl said...

I don't mind jumping on the occasional book bandwagon, but sometimes really popular books annoy me. It works both ways, sometimes the books are worth the hype, and sometimes they aren't. For instance, I avoided The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo like the plague for awhile, but once I gave it a chance (and the first 200 pages) the series had my undying loyalty.