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Reading Tastes and Finding Your Reading Soulmate


I’ve had this topic bouncing around in my head for quite some time and decided to try and get it out where I can see it.

We all have different tastes in books. It’s like music or food or colors or TV shows. Have you ever stopped to think about how you like some books, hate others, and why? Is it the writing style? The genre? Your current mood? And then consider this:  Let’s say you have a friend with whom you have a lot in common. You like the same TV shows and you even painted your bedrooms the same shade of blue. Then you start comparing your bookshelves and discover quite a few of the same books on both. You both have a major crush on Neil Gaiman and read everything he’s ever written, including his Tumblr. But then you find out that your friend absolutely hates a book that you absolutely loved. How is that so? How can you have so many things that you both love, including quite a few books, but your bestie hates one of your favorite books? I can understand how two people love pizza but one likes mushrooms and one doesn’t. Or you both like jazz music but one likes pop too and the other likes classical. But if you both like the same authors, genres, and writing styles, how can one love a particular book and the other not?

This whole idea came to me when I was perusing a friend’s Goodreads account. We like a lot of the same books but she absolutely did not like one of my favorite series of books even though this series is of a genre that this person likes. Say it isn’t so!!!

Take it one step farther…Have you ever decided that you couldn’t be friends with someone because they didn’t like a book that you loved? I have, but it was kind of like the straw that broke the camel’s back. We had so little in common that when I found out she hated Eleanor and Park, I gave up on the friendship, lol.

What are your experiences with books and friendships?



Bibliophile * INTJ * LIS Graduate Student at Kent State * Mom * Social Media Junkie * BuJo Enthusiast * Planner Addict * Did I mention, I read a lot?

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