I came up with this question because JM from Revelations of Bookfreak doesn’t like any book that I suggest to him. Same with my friend, Erika from The Nocturnal Fey, who in any way, anytime, never ever read any of my recommendations. Feel me guys? FEEL ME? How sad, right? So, I asked one of my bookish community, Pinoy Book Freaks United, with the question:
HOW DO YOU CONVINCE YOUR BOOKWORM FRIENDS TO READ YOUR FAVORITE BOOK EVEN IF IT WAS NOT HIS GENRE?
- Joshua: By reading something in his genre in return.
- Joshua: Bribe with something he loves.
- Cresel: “I will treat you an ice cream.”
- Jessa: Shove the book on his face.
- Jessa: Threaten his life.
- Francine: Friendship Over or You will read the book?
- Paula: “I’ll feed you Pizza if you read it.”
- Sheryl: “I will give them a quote from the book that’s just so good they’d want to read it.”
- Julie: I don’t. (Aren’t we Kill Joy here?)
- Jimbo: “Read this book.” In a frighteningly calm voice. Be sure to let him feel the threat.
- Erika: The more you convince them to read your recommendations, the more it will feel forced. The more forced it is, the more they’ll stay away from it…You’re putting too much pressure. But if you just recommend whatever book you want them to read, then give them the “time”, let them read it in their own accord, it would be more enjoyable.
- Timotheos: Recommend the book in a simple way.
- Hyacinth: “I will talk about it all the time.”
Yep! I think, Erika nailed it. She’s an expert like that. I know. I know. Readers like me want to talk about their favorite book. The reason why I want people to read my favorite book which is by the way — Omnilogos by Michele Amitrani, is that — I don’t have someone to talk to about the book! This is why it is really difficult to fanboy over an indie book.