Friday, May 31, 2013

Your Family's Reading


How likely are you to read the same books as your spouse/partner/parents/kids? In our family, not so often. I have more luck in getting friends to read books I enjoyed. (Like you!)

15 comments:

Bill Crider said...

Judy and I read a lot of the same books, and we pass a good many on to our daughter.

Randy Johnson said...

My mother, no chance. She reads nothing but religious books. My sister and I occasionally overlap. Same with friends.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

I'm not likely to read the same books again though my wife regularly re-reads the classics, Wodehouse, and Christie. The only kind of books I re-read are comic-books.

Margot Kinberg said...

Patti - Actually my husband and I don't have similar reading tastes really. We do overlap on a few things but not very often.

George said...

My wife and my daughter share plenty of books. But it's a rare book that the whole family will read. I'm sure Katie and Diane have zero interest in THE RECOGNITIONS. Patrick might consider it.

pattinase (abbott) said...

My son and I are mostly likely to read and like the same book. Phil and Megan are much more unpredictable.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I very rarely share books. Our tastes are different, plus he listens to a lot of audio books, which I can't really get into unless we're going on a long journey. My oldest daughter (almost 21) will occasionally ask if she can read my current book when I'm finished (most recently, Peter Lovesey's latest, The Tooth Tattoo); but most of the time, her tastes are more along the lines of thrillers that don't appeal as much to me. The twins are almost 15 and their reading is all over the map. I'll occasionally make a suggestion--as to whether they act on it, that's another story...

On the other hand, my 78-year-old mother (an avid mystery reader) and I share similar tastes and whenever we see each other, large bags of books are always exchanged.

Deb

Anonymous said...

It depends on the book. Jackie does read some of the mystery series I read and if there is something else I think she will like I try and get her to try it. But she reads a lot of romance and romantic suspense and especially 'paranormal' romantic suspense that is not for me.

Of other things we both read, I'm more of a Stephen King fan and she is more likely to read Dean Koontz. We both have read vampire books but different series!


Jeff M.

Anonymous said...

I had some luck in getting my mother to read certain authors - Lee Child, Michael Connelly, etc. - but with her it was usually a matter of if it was on the bestseller list she'd read it (David Baldacci and the like). She was the one who told my father what to read more often than not. She always had a ton of library books and a personal relationship with women who worked at her local library.


Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

My Mom pretty much read the sort of mysteries I didn't care for. Janet Evanovich was her favorite. She also liked writers who set their stories in Hollywood. She liked Erle Stanley Gardner when I was a kid.

Cap'n Bob said...

Zero. The wife might read two books a year and they're women's books. My daughters are still in college and don't read recreationally as far as I know, and I doubt they'll do so once they graduate. The exception was the Harry Potter series, which Kristine got me to read. Heck, the girls haven't even read my books yet.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Hard to convey to them that they just dpn't know what they're missing. To be deprived of stories would be hell for me. My father never read either. Never.

Anonymous said...

In years past my father read mostly non fiction, about World War II or stuff about Israel, or Natan Sharansky - they were very involved in trying to get him out of Russia. But since he retired and as he's gotten older he's read a lot more fiction, mostly the best seller types my mother read. Unlike my mother, however, if he finds an author he likes he will go back and seek out his earlier books to read.

Cap'n, didn't you read your books to the girls as bedtime?

;)


Jeff M.

Chris said...

Julia and I share many books, and my mom and I share quite a few as well.

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