Peer Pressure

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Suggested by JM:

I was looking through books yesterday at the shops and saw all the Twilight books, which I know basically nothing about. What I do know is that I’m beginning to feel like I’m the *only* person who knows nothing about them.

Despite being almost broke and trying to save money, I almost bought the expensive book (Australian book prices are often completely nutty) just because I felt the need to be ‘up’ on what everyone else was reading.

Have you ever felt pressured to read something because ‘everyone else’ was reading it? Have you ever given in and read the book(s) in question or do you resist? If you are a reviewer, etc, do you feel it’s your duty to keep up on current trends?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!


128 responses

  1. I rarely give in to peer pressure when it comes to reading. I guess it’s because reading is such a precious thing to me, and I can’t afford to waste it by worrying about what everyone else is reading…

    With that said, I did feel an urge to check out Twilight, but only because I’d heard so many good things and so many bad things about it. It was a bit like Christopher Paolini’s Eragon; I wanted to decide for myself how good or how bad it was, instead of having everyone tell me their opinions. And all the discussion kind of piqued my interest.

  2. Nice question. My answer is here.

  3. Thanks for an engaging question!

    Here’s my response.

  4. I’m making a BTT comeback! Here’s my answer for this week.

    Happy BTT! 🙂

  5. […] It’s funny how some people think that if you read, you should have read or you must read certain books. When God of small things won an award, all people talked about was the book. I agree, I did pick it up, but not because of peer pressure, more because of curiosity. I didn’t even buy the book because I wasn’t sure I would like it. I got it from the library and read the first 50 pages. I didn’t like it, but I still read some 20 pages or so because I thought there must be something that I am not getting. I left it half read. There are so many books which I would love instead of spending time on something I do not like. […]

  6. I’ve never been one to read “what everyone else was reading.” I find that the books on the best seller list don’t interest me. I’m more of an exploring reader; I read what I like.

    Come check out my post for today, it’s about a great, not so popular book.

  7. Oh I like this question. Mine’s here.

  8. Hey again…my answer is up. Check it out! Happy BTT!

  9. My answer is up here – definitely a good question this week.

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  11. Happy Thursday from the West! It’s early–5:30 a.m. and I’m always amazed how many of you are up and at ’em already.
    Here is my link:

  12. I sort of touch on the answer to this week, in a recent post. And referencing Twilight too!

  13. Here’s my response:

    ((and I’m one who’s read the entire Twilight series, and say they are *worth* the hype… at least IMHO!)) 😉


  14. Oh my, this is a loaded question… O.k. here’s my answer:

    Don’t hate me 🙂

  15. I just finished the Twilight series! My post is up. Thanks for a great question.

  16. Love the topic! I just read Twilight for this very reason…

    Here’s my post:

  17. Good question. I have, I hope, a good answer to it.

  18. Thanks for the prompt! I think I wandered a bit from the subject of books, but here’s my answer.

  19. I’m a first time poster, and my answer is up here.

  20. I’ve tried giving into peer pressure. I tried to read Dan Brown, and I tried to read Harry Potter. Having learned my lesson — that I have zero patience with fiction that I’m just not into — I think I’ll stick to choosing books for myself.

    Unless there are free books involved, in which case, there’s not much I won’t try. 😉

  21. Hello! Happy BTT! 🙂

  22. Great question, JM!

    My response HERE.

  23. I like this question. My answer is here

  24. Mine is a bit late but finally up

  25. My main reading pressure came from trying to match up to everyone else at uni. My full post is here:

  26. Here is my answer I got a bit carried away with my post today – Terrific topic!!

  27. I’m just a bit late and I’m #72!

    Here is answer. Happy BTT everyone. 🙂


    I did, also, leave a response on Peer Pressure….

    Visit my blog at:


  29. Never thought about book peer pressure, great question!

    Check me out here —>

  30. mine is up!!! Happy Booking Through Thursday!

  31. the pressure I really feel is the pressure to post here before the comment total reaches 100!!! 😉

    here’s mine

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  34. Running a little late today but I am posted at

  35. Almost forgot to answer my own question. 🙂 Mine is up!

  36. Short answer: Rarely

    The long answer can be found here

  37. Funny you should ask. I just picked up The Shack because so many people are reading it although I avoided it for a long time.

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  39. I know nothing about the Twilight books either.

    I usually don’t feel too pressured to read certain books but that stems from my having a completely different taste in books. I don’t read most mainstream books or authors with the exception of a few.

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  41. a little late, but its my first time… here it is:

  42. Barefoot in High Heels

    Oops! I just found the post. I don’t have time to write on my blog right now, but I definitely felt the pressure to read the Harry Potter books. And I was so glad I did! I got them all (except for the final one — it hadn’t come out yet) at the same time for Christmas a few years ago and read them back-to-back — sort of like a chain-reader! They were fantastic!! Hope to participate in future links!!

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  44. Another good question – here’s my day-late answer.

  45. This was a really popular question! Here’s my late answer.

  46. Good one. Answer’s here

  47. I’m late but I’m here!

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  50. I just came across your site and was considering this question just last night. I did a write up on it and I appreciate you discussing such interesting questions. Here is my write up on the subject:

  51. I just found your blog and yes I am always being pressured to read books alot of the times but if I am not to late i am going to advise you NOT to read Twilight. I read it and being a christian I totally regreat reading it. You can see my blog at

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