Let’s face it, I love my friends and family. I adore them. Really, I do. However, our tastes vary from “Almost in the same town” to “Seriously, what planet are you from?” To each his or her own, right?
Wrong! Have you ever had someone go on and on about a story they loved and they just knew you would to? Then, when you finally picked it up, you made the mistake of telling them of the purchase?
What happened? Were you continually badgered by them waiting to find out you loved it as much as they had. And when you don’t? AWKWARD! This is a situation I avoid like the plague, so rarely do I fall into the trap.
The last was during the Twilight phenomenon. My daughter was hooked. My older sister was also snared. At the same time, people commented harshly to me for allowing my teenager to read such trash. Other folks stared at me in astonishment when I said I hadn’t read it.
Finally, I caved. Honestly, my decision came more out of the fear of what I allowed my daughter to read than anything else. When I completed them, I ended up presently surprised, and a little embarrassed, to admit I enjoyed the series.
Did I love them? No, but they were a quick read, and I didn’t hate them (a plus). Will I read them again? Doubtful, but I seldom read stories more than once anyway.
And what was my final thought on my oldest daughter having read them?
Knowledge is power. Awareness of what those pages contained helped me, as her parent, guide her in any area where I held a personal concern. We spoke openly about the obsession side of relationships and how, especially at such a young age, it can be unhealthy.
So, to answer the original question: My guess is the last recommended book I read had to be the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Unexpectedly, I did like it.
What about you? Do you take personal recommendations into consideration? Or are you like me and take the unemotional approach of allowing Amazon to recommend a future read based on your buying history?