I first started thinking about who influences me most when it comes to books after Holly’s campaign to get me to read Bet Me. I thought about it last week, as I lay virtually dying (well it felt like I was) while watching re-runs of Charmed. As I sat there, deliriously hoping that someday I’d have the power to freeze, I honestly contemplated trying to blog about it before cutting my own head off. Unfortunately I didn’t have the energy to do either one, but it gave me time to think about who I listen to most when it comes to books.
I love finding new authors to try. When they’re great (i.e. Nalini Singh) I’ll shout it to the rooftops and harass forcefully suggest to my closest friends that they need to give the author in question a try. I’m relentless, I admit it. It took forever for Holly to try Nalini Singh. I even had Slave to Sensation mailed to her so she would read it. I considered it money well spent when she finally read it.
As for myself, I’m not an easy person to recommend to. I am extremely picky on what I read. I don’t like 1st person, I don’t generally like Chick-lit. I don’t like anthologies. The list goes on. That’s why it took Holly about two years to get me to read Bet Me. But read it I did. And that’s one of the reasons why Holly is my biggest book influence. Holly knows me. She knows my reading quirks and loves me anyway (don’t deny it, Holly). Because of that, I know that she would not recommend a book that I wouldn’t like. For example, she loved the first Stephanie Meyer book, but didn’t tell me I should read it. Why? Because she knew that I wouldn’t like it. Yet she knew I would love Bet Me, and I did.
So share with us…who is your biggest book influence? Have you ever been steered wrong?