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.