Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tuesday Thingers

Today's Tuesday Thinger Question(s): What's the most popular book in your library? Have you read it? What did you think? How many users have it? What's the most popular book you don't have? How does a book's popularity figure into your decisions about what to read?

The most popular book in my library is The Davinci Code with 23,291 members listing this in their libraries. I read it after much convincing by a co-worker a few years ago and thought it was ok. To be honest, I don't know what all of the hype was about. I have not seen the movie so I have no idea how it compares.

The most popular book that I don't have is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with 32,518 members listing this in their libraries. I have never read any of the Harry Potter books. They are something that I would like to read I just have never gotten around to it. Some of my friends had reading parties when the last book was released. They literally sat around to read and eat with friends. I have to admit I felt a little left out but oh well!

I have read some popular titles such as The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns but read those long before all of the hoopla. I also read The Alchemist based on friends recommendations and hated it. I am not opposed to reading popular titles if they happen to peak my interest. Lately, my book club selections seem to be the most popular fiction that I am reading.

5 comments:

justareadingfool said...

Whew! I'm not the only one who hasn't read the Harry Potter series out there then...As for The Alchemist, I recently bought it. That bad, huh?

My Journey Through Reading... said...

I hated The Alchemist but many people I know, who recommended it, love it. Let me know what you think when you read it.

SheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

One of my friends (who has very similar taste in books to mine) highly recommended _The Alchemist_ ... like you, I hated it!

I read it all the way through, looking for "the good part", but it escaped me. Maybe I just wasn't as receptive to it at that stage of my life as she was? I try to keep an open mind ...

My Journey Through Reading... said...

sheistoofondofbooks - I thought the same thing, that I wasn't at the right stage in my life to appreciate it. I did hang on to it and will try to reread it in a few years to see if I have a different take on it. I tried to keep an open mind as well but the whole time I was reading it I couldn't help thinking this is such a waste of my time!

Literary Feline said...

I think that is it exactly. If a book interests me, I want to read it, regardless of its popularity.