TO BOOK-PUSH OR NOT TO BOOK-PUSH, THAT IS THE QUESTION

24 August 2016


BOOK-PUSHING IS AN ART FORM. if you do it wrong, there are consequences to pay - & to do it 'right' is hard, you have to alter your tactics for each individual case, so should you always risk it?
1. BUT YOU CAN SHARE THE LOVE! share the joys of reading - that wonderful moment when someone else you know enjoys the same book as you is priceless. what's even better is seeing that individual reading a book for the first time that you recommended and just sensing the excitement they are feeling while experiencing a world/characters you have already fallen in love with.

2. JOINT FANGIRLING, THOUGH? you'll have someone to fangirl with - because let's face it, fangirling all alone is slightly boring. you'll have someone to make book references to that actually appreciate them, i can't count the number of times i've made a harry potter reference and my mum just stares at me, either because she doesn't get it or because she does but she thinks i'm weird. have emergency dance parties (ehem, book reference alert) or entire conversations made up of book quotes without being stared at, have a friend to experience the painful wait until another instalment of your favourite series comes out, binge-read the books together - the possibilities are endless, but they wouldn't have even come to fruition if you hadn't recommended the book in the first place and put it on the person's radar.

3. SAVE MONEY, PEOPLE: yes, you read that right, you can save money through book-pushing. why? well think of it this way: if you recommend a book to a friend and that individual ends up loving it, if a new book comes out by the same author and you both really want to read it but you can't afford it..your friend might buy it and then you can just borrow it off them --- or, if you both only have pennies jangling about in your pockets, pool that money together and buy a shared copy. [alternatively just go to the library, i mean come on, if you, the self-crowned bookworm of the family, doesn't use the library, then you have no right to complain when you hear about government cuts affecting libraries and kick up a fuss], [well, actually you do have a right, but, you get my point].

BUT, what if your attempts at book-pushing don't go well? then what?
SAID INDIVIDUAL MAY CRITICISE YOUR TASTE IN BOOKS: we all know that won't affect anything, if you're a queen whose book taste is impeccable and only the mundane don't understand then they're clearly not on the right page - but still. it's an awful feeling when a book you absolutely adore is dubbed 'boring' by anyone.
AWFUL REVELATIONS MAY BE BROUGHT TO LIGHT: such as, 'I don't want to read that, I don't like reading' or 'but the cover is ugly', or 'that's not my thing' & then you may be forced to karate kick a few people because who doesn't like reading? / the insides might be pretty though / open your horizons and try new things please.

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT, THE MOST IMPORTANT QUANDARY FOR A BOOKWORM: TO BOOK-PUSH OR NOT TO BOOK-PUSH. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?
if you're receptive to book-pushing, go ahead and read anything by ruta sepetys, ryan graudin; or read: the book thief / ruby redfort / the goose girl / if you find me / the sky is everywhere / six of crows, then report back.

14 comments:

  1. Oh! I need to read The Sky is Everwhere! I'll Give You the Sun was SO good. :)
    I'm trying to push The Invisible Library onto EVERYONE at the moment. ;)

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    1. YES YES YES, i think i preferred the sky is everywhere to i'll give you the sun actually! i've not heard of the invisible library, i'm going to google it now..

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  2. I'm very receptive and welcoming of book pushing. Currently I have 6 friends fighting against me because I've tried reading Illuminae and have had to put it back down, whereas they've pushed it repeatedly on me. But aside from Harry Potter [obvvvviouslly] rarely do it myself, just because I'm not a very forceful person. I'll go 'you should read this, but never YOU HAVE TO READ THIS RIGHT NOW.'

    Really interesting post

    hollyislostinalibrary.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. BUT WHAT, i do agree that illuminae was a bit hard to get into but once you're invested then OMG YOU CANNOT STOP READING. I'm going to joing your six friends and book push it on you Holly..o.o

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  3. I am a book-pusher and I'm always shoving my new favourite book into my friends' hands. A lot of the time they end up loving the book and I'm like YAS, but when they don't enjoy it...it hurts my heart. But I'll always be a book-pusher, I get too excited about my favourite books to not yell at everyone to read it!

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    1. It is kind of disappointing when someone doesn't like a book you recommended..and yep, me too. if you like a book, you've just got to share the love!

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  4. I've heard beautiful things of "The Sky Is Everywhere" & "The Book Thief" - I really must get around to reading them soon (especially since the latter is on my shelf already!). And I must admit I am the worst book-pusher; at the moment I have been singing the praises of Ocean Vuong's latest poetry collection, "Night Sky With Exit Wounds", and the gorgeous/heartbreaking "Beloved" by Toni Morrison. Neither are to be missed. xxx

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    1. Topaz oh my gosh those two books are two of my favourites, never mind the plot, the writing styles are just beautiful. You really really must read them, and I'll check out your recommendations, I want to start reading more poetry..

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  5. I love book pushing and I'm perfectly welcome when people are doing it to me! I agree, the book thief is one of those books that has to be pushed to EVERYONE. I always try to pay attention to people's taste and only push books that fits their taste (even though sometimes when I'm too excited I'd recommend anybooks to anyone!)

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

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    1. Yes, the book thief is a must read for EVERYONE. Agreed though, i think to a point you can recommend 'unconventional' books for people that don't play into their tastes if you think they may perhaps enjoy it anyway, given them something different..but other times i think there's no point because they may just end up hating it and that's worse!

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  6. I'm currently re-reading I'll give you the sun and even though I didn't like the story much but the way Jandy Nelson writes is pure magic. I NEED to read the sky is everywhere!

    PS: JOINT FANGIRLING IS THE BEST!

    xo,
    Not Your Type Blog

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    1. Agreed, I thought The Sky is Everywhere was better (you must read it!) but I LOVE Jandy Nelson's writing style.

      YES!

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  7. I talked a bit about this in my last T5W post. When I was younger, my father was pressuring to read a specific book that I didn't want to read. In the end, I decided that I would never in my life read that book. And that is not only true about teenagers when you are so insistent that someone should do something, they might decide that they never want to have anything to do with that thing ever. So, when you are making book suggestions you need to be smart about it.

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    1. Awwh I do agree though, you need to make sure book-pushing isn't forceful, it has to be light-hearted and only if you truly believe they will like the book, not just because you loved it so you want everyone to read it regardless of their taste in books.

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