Wednesday, 15 June 2011

QOTW: Have you ever ignored a book recommendation and regretted it?


Mr. G doesn't read fiction. Ever. His does read plenty of non-fiction, but here's the strange thing - if I recommend a non-fiction book to him he won't read it. Don't ask me why. Perhaps it's because he thinks it will be like fiction if I've read it. I assure him it's called non-fiction for a reason but he never listens.

A couple of years ago I read The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger. Whilst it is the best-selling account of the Andrea Gail which inspired the Hollywood film, it is so much more than that. Junger writes not only about the crew, but the communities surrounding them, and the brave men and women who put their lives in peril to man the search and rescue missions. I know Mr. G would enjoy this book. I've tried not recommending it and leaving it out, but that doesn't work. There's no fooling him.

The problem is I've done the same thing myself and ignored book recommendations. Sometimes I've given in and tried a book and hated it. Other times I've been left wondering how I could have been so silly as to ignore the book for so long. Was I being stubborn or just stupid? I'm not sure.

Have you ever ignored a book recommendation, only to read it and regret that it took you so long?

39 comments:

  1. Many times! It is so true that the book is much better than the film.

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  2. Glad you eventually read it and enjoyed it. there's nothing worse than hating a recommendation that someone else enthuses about! Great to see you yesterday :O)

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  3. I'd better put The Perfect Storm on my reading list. After all, with that recommendation I'd be daft to ignore it :-)

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  4. It's happened more with films for me. I think I was the last person on the planet to see Titanic - I was sick of the hype, loathed the song and wasn't taken with it when I did get around to seeing it!

    Great meeting up yesterday :-)

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  5. yep, I've been guilty of that --hides face--

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  6. It happens - I still have a few books in my TBR pile that friends have placed in my hands with the "you have to read this" recommendation. I will. I'm just waiting until the hype fades...

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  7. I always ignore book recommendations. LOL. I don't know why ... it's sorta like being handed a leaflet on the street. Ya know?

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  8. Many times, and I feel quite guilty about it.

    Have a good day.

    Yvonne.

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  9. Gosh!! I can think of cases where I did listen to a recommendation and regretted it after! LOL!! I won't say which ones they were though cos - well a lady never tells! LOL!!

    But I tend to be the opposite! Someone says it's good - I go out to read it!! The ecstasy or regret comes later!!!

    Incidentally, my ex was/is a great reader of non-fiction books and I got most of my non-fiction reading from him. He got my love of Terry Pratchett in return!! Yay!

    Take care
    x

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  10. I LOVE that pic of the storm trooper!! Copied it.
    And I never regret not reading a story. Everything in time, and with stories you can appreciate them when the time is right for you to read them. :)

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  11. I have so many books listed in my to-read list. Some I may never get around to reading, but they are put there. Many will get surpassed by books I know I want to read. I just have too many books waiting to be read, so I'm sure I will miss some of the recommended ones. There just isn't the time.

    It does also depend on who recommended it as well (Sorry, that thought just came to me)

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  12. K hardly ever reads (though he's rescued some Star Trek 'behind the scenes' books from store that he's currently working his way through) so I don't bother recommending anything any more.

    I can't think of anything that I didn't read fairly quickly after recommendation so I think teh answer's no. Though I HAVE regretted a few recommendations. I mean - what is it with all the fuss over Gormenghast?

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  13. My husband is always recommending me books and I never know what to do about it. The first recommendation he ever made to me ended up being my favorite book ever (Dune) and a few others in the beginning were great but since then I've been disappointed by everything he suggests. Then he feels insulted because I find his taste below my standards. Now he he keeps recommending Gene Wolf books to be even though I couldn't get into Book of the New Sun at all. And I think he's starting to get upset that I haven't jumped onto this other Gene Wolf series he's raving about. Sigh.

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  14. Interesting question! I can't remember such an occasion occurring... maybe I blocked it out?

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  15. I know what you mean. Believe it or not I blew off a good friend's recommendation to read "Dune." When I finally picked it up a year later, I was in college and skipped classes until I finished it.

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  16. Sure. I just read the first Harry Potter book. It was a very good read, twelve years after having it recommended to me. I'm currently on the second one.

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  17. Hi,

    Ive done it quite a few times where someone has leant me a book to read and I just can't face it as it isn't me. I do try to read books that people lend me but if Im not caught up in the story instantly I will give up. Where as if its a book Ive chosen and I son't like it I plough on regardless!

    Love the stormtrooper pic!

    Rach - the myasthenia kid

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  18. Oh, yes; I'm guilty. It's not that I don't plan on reading the book, I just let it slide until it's gone into that 'junk drawer' in my mind. Grrr. I have gotten better with keeping a list, rather than notes, but I'm still guilty. (will go sit in corner, now, for an hour -- with one of the recommended books!)

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  19. You asked for it, you got it. The Blog Award of DOOM.

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  20. I never feel bad about ignoring a book recommendation for too long, but I've often regretted listening to a book recommendation that wound up being mediocre.

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  21. Harry Potter. My Dad said they were good, but I didn't want to join in the crazy just yet...then I read Book 1 on a Colorado trip and kept going from there.

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  22. I have had problems with recommendations, not read some for ages then wished I had picked them up sooner, found some unreadable and been ignored and loved by my friends when I recommend one to them. My biggest offender was The Better Half who could never settle down to a book, but I solved that one by giving her audiobooks and she listened to my recommendations as she drove to and from work (about an hour each way) and enjoyed most of them. The family started giving her audiobooks for Xmas and birthdays so she got through a lot that way. We are both retired now so not so much driving, but we still swap books and she listens as we do our chores around the house.

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  23. Years ago, I was in my local independent bookstore and one of the women who worked there was pretty much throwing this one particular book at me. It was new and she was hand-selling it like crazy because she loved it so much. She tended to know what I enjoyed reading but this book sounded so...different. A little boy, Afghanistan, kites. Really?

    Oh, yeah. Really. I am so glad I listened to her and read The Kite Runner. :)

    For me, it depends on who's doing the recommending and are they recommending a book purely because they loved it or because they loved AND think I will, too.

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  24. My daughter, Sandy, recommended Eat, Pray, Love and I kept putting it off. She was right, it was a great book.

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  25. My husband ignores my recommendations all the time. LOL! So now I mention it to one of his friends and they recommend it.

    For me, if the recommendation comes from someone who's tastes are similar to mine, I will jump on it.

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  26. I have always ignored book recommendations and everytime I read those books months/years later I tell myself I will not do so in the future.

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  27. I just finished one of those books. The book got great reviews and I've wanted to read it, but it was too expensive. So, you can imagine how happy I was to see it in the library. I've corrected that error and I'm still thinking about what a good read it was after having finished it early this morning.

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  28. i consider the source of any recommendation, usually they have no idea what i like...

    as paul anka wrote:

    Regrets, I've had a few
    But then again, too few to mention
    I did what I had to do, and saw it through without exemption
    I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
    And more, much more than this, I did it... my way

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  29. I resisted reading the Twilight books for a long time - and when someone finally twisted my arm into reading them, I still didn't like them!

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  30. Preston & Child's The Relic had been out for several years before I finally read it - and became a big fan of their work. And I've read The Perfect Storm. NOTHING like the movie and so much better!

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  31. Yeah; and then I'll be talking excitedly about it to all my friends and they're like: that's so old news."

    I'm wary of trying book recommendations though; I've learned some painful lessons about what I like and what I don't. I love epic fantasy, and people recommend the weirdest books to me just b/c it has an old man who could possibly pass for a wizard. But they liked it cuz the fantasy didn't overwhelm the story . .

    I do the same thing in reverse though. Everyone likes to share what sparks their interest.

    .....dhole

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  32. I think books come into your life when they are supposed to. I try to keep that in mind when I have that "why did I wait so long" feeling.

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  33. Yes! More often than I can name. The last was Water for Elephants, which captured me from the first page and stands as one of my all time faves. My daughter's big one is Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I kept recommending it to my daughter because I knew she'd love it. After several years she finally read the first book...and then OD'd on the next 16. LOL She's a rabid fan, now.

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  34. I don't think I've had any of those regrets, but I've had books recommended to me that I've absolutely loved and others I couldn't get past the first chapter. I don't keep reading a book I don't like....and never have understood why anyone would! Too many books...too little time!!

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  35. P.S. Ellie, did you ever get your Star Trek pizza cutter?! :)

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  36. I don't have anything intelligent to say. I just can't believe how funny that demotivator poster is on YOUR website. Ha ha.

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  37. Hi Ellie .. I'm sure there's many I've missed and as I don't read much now - my bookcases are littered with unread books that I really want to read .. I'm going to make a concerted effort to read regularly in future - apart from the books, articles etc I will be reading anyway - another layer from my unread book shelves! Cheers Hilary

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  38. I tend to ignore recommendations when I've heard too much about the book/series. I don't know why, but it just turns me off if everyone is raving about it. I will frequently read it later on, and most often find I was right to ignore it. Other than that, I love a good recommendation and will at least look into it.

    Tina @ Life is Good
    and I are joining forces in another challenge. We're going to visit and comment at each of the participants, starting with the reflections post. We hope you'll join us!

    Shannon @ The Warrior Muse

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