What — or who — inspires you to choose your next book?
By Morgan on November 28th, 2011
Over the weekend, news broke that President Obama was spotted at a local bookstore in Washington, D.C., along with his daughters, Sasha and Malia. He was there to support “small business Saturday,” but we’re more interested in which titles they all chose: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (now a 3D film from director Martin Scorsese!) and Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth, among others!
I started thinking about the power of influence, especially when it comes to arts and entertainment. If someone you admire — whether it’s the President of the United States, the president of your sorority, or the president of your PTA — seeks out a book, are you more or less likely to also seek it out?
For me, when it comes to books, I rely pretty heavily on word-of-mouth recommendations, reviews, and my favorite book bloggers. But I can’t deny I got a little shiver of excitement when I saw the titles the Obamas had selected. It’s pretty neat knowing the First Family reads some of the same books I do! (And by the way, if you’re curious about whether other “names you know” like the same books you do, check out You Are What You Read, where you can connect to others through a shared love of books.)
I’d love to hear from you about the power of influence when it comes to picking out which books to read. Who do you listen to? What inspires your selections? Leave your comments below.