Apr 19 2017 7:23am

What Book Did You Have Trouble Convincing Others to Read?

We all have books we love, but sometimes the concept can be hard to persuade our friends on. For one person, you may know a book you just read will be a slam dunk, but for one reason or another they don't want to try it. Other times, you know the trope or premise doesn't work for a fellow reader but you think the writing or characters will work. 

Do you have a book like this? Why do you think you had trouble convincing them? Did you ever get them to read it? 

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Carmen Pinzon
1. bungluna
Way back when, I read a book called "Guilty Pleasures" by Laurell K. Hamilton. I fell in love with the heroine who was unlike any other I'd read up to that date. She wore weapons and knew how to use them! The monsters were real and out!!! I wanted all my romance friends to read this book but couldn't convince them. Keep in mind that this was back in 1993 romances were mostly a la NR's "Private Scandals".
Jennifer Proffitt
2. JenniferProffitt
I know this is supposed to mostly focus on romance novels, but I gotta say--it. is. so. hard. to convince non-romance readers to read romance! Most people end up reading it, finally, because they see me reading and want to know what all the fuss is about... and then they like it (shocking, I know). Anyway, mini-rant over.

Like @bungluna said, usually I have more trouble convincing people of books that are maybe a little edgy... like an Alexa Riley or some such...
3. laurasf
Occasionally, I'll read science fiction. I unexpectedly found one that had a wonderful love story: "The Dog Stars" by Peter Heller and have trouble getting my romance reader friends to try it.
Elizabeth Halliday
4. Ibbitts
"Fifty Shades of Grey" by E. L. James
An Australian friend sent me an ARC in January 2010. The ARC was of all 3 books. This was about 18 months before the 1st book was released in the USA. There were no reviews, no hype, no media-frenzy and I had never heard of the author, so I had no preconceived ideas about either the book or the author before reading it. It really did make all the difference in the world, because I found it to be an incredible love story about the lengths one will go to make the person they love happy.
Were there parts of the book that made me squirm a bit? Sure. But no more so than the graphic description of murdered body found decomposing in the woods, or people shooting at each other on a street corner or a child being neglected because of the parents are too busy/uninterested/drugged out to remember to feed him. When you read books, sometimes there are parts of the book that make you squirm a bit.
The bottom line is, this isn't a book about lifestyle. This isn't a book about an older, rich meglomanic corrupting a young innocent girl. Ana saves Christian, and this book is the story of how she does it.
It's a love story.
Every single person I have recommended this book to came away with a different opinion of the book than the one they had before they read it.
5. Kareni
JenniferProffitt, I'm still trying to get my adult daughter who is overwhelmingly a fantasy reader to read The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen. No luck so far.
And, Ibbitts, I'm in agreement as regards Fifty Shades of Grey; at heart, I think of it as a love story.
6. Melanie Friedman
I have the hardest time convincing people to read Diana Gabaldon "Outlander" let alone the whole series.
They are intimidated by the size of the book and as a full fledged bookworm, I just don't get it!
I usually stick to my regency romance authors but I love venturing to other genres and have no fear of how many pages the book has.......

7. TamsenParker
Charlotte Stein's Reawkening, because zombie apocalypse menage. It's payback for me being such a doubter to the people who recced it to me ; )
Jennifer Proffitt
8. JenniferProffitt
@Kareni, It's SO GOOD! It's not a fantasy, obviously, but the characters are very complex, there's fun banter and sexy times! It's a win all around!
9. Kareni
I'm in total agreement, Jennifer. The Year We Fell Down is my favorite of Sarina Bowen's books, and it's a book I've re-read numerous times. (I'll continue to work on my daughter. One day ....)
10. Amy Marino
Kylie Scott's Stage Dive series. So funny and really captures the rocker vibe.
11. Brandi Gbemisola
It was this book called Mermaid' Kiss about an angel that fell in love with a mermaid. It was a series. An angel and mermaid. Mermaid and Demon. An angel and a sea witch. It was a great read but still to this day I can't get any of my friends to read it because they think it's too weirx.
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