This week’s random question asks, “Who (or what) influences your reading most?”
I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to literary material that can be one of the first things to draw me in. Not just the artwork on the cover, but the author name or the title or sometimes even a blurb or pull quote, if it’s by an author or reviewer that I’ve got good recommendations from in the past.
Another influence can be the source of the book and if there is a time limit to it. If it’s a library book, I may read it first because the book is due by a certain date. And if it’s a book that is high demand and my check out time is less, it may get bumped up to the top of the reading list. This can also happen digitally — borrowing books from the library is great, but they expire on the exact date and time they are due. Sometimes with physical books I will keep them an extra day or so and pay the fine to finish them up. This can’t and doesn’t happen with digital library books — once I hit the due date, they’re gone!
On another level, an influence can be whether or not I enjoyed the author’s previous work I read. If I did, I’m likely to try some of his or her back catalog or be on the lookout for a new book.