Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Reflections: What Are Non-Bloggers Reading?

I absolutely love blogging and I especially enjoy this new-found super friendly book blogging community.  But I've noticed a lot of repetition.  Many people are reading and reviewing the same book.  So many people praise some books and series and I can't help but want to read them too.  But I start to wonder about the "other" readers.  Before I started Reflections of a Bookaholic, I used Amazon as my book researching tool.  I browsed bookstores and picked books that I liked.  If someone recommended a book to me, I would likely read it.  I ignored the NY Times Bestseller lists because I feel that I am a special reader.  Unfortunately, the mass does not impress me (I hope I don't sound condescending because I don't mean it that way).

So I've found myself in B&N a lot lately because I often study there because I love the smell of books.  So I looked around on one particular day and wrote down what "other" readers were reading.*

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment

Smooth Talking StrangerYou would expect a woman to be reading this one, but that wasn't the case here.  An older male dressed in slacks and a button down seemed to find this one interesting.

Anyone ever read this one?  I haven't and I love Lisa Kleypas.  I kept glancing at this one because I couldn't see the title.  I hope that the lady reading this didn't think I was weird.

The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must OwnI had never seen this one on the shelves but I was definitely tempted to go check it out.  I don't tend to follow these fashion things because they always seem to recommend the most expensive things.  It'll be like, get these amazing shoes for $3,000.  Hmmm...no thanks.  And when they attempt to recommend things for the every day budget.  The entire outfit is still like $400.  It makes me feel poor.

Extension du domaine de la lutte (French Edition)

Oh how I would love to be able to read in French.  But no.  I stopped taking classes in the language after almost getting a B in the first course.  Hmmm... a B in an undergraduate course seems so insignificant in light of what I missed out.  So sad. 

Well that's it.  Anyone seen these titles around?  What do you think?  I could have compiled more but staring is seriously impolite and I was getting close to the imaginary threshold that I created.  Do you ever wonder what other people are reading?  Do you think book bloggers are representative of readers?  I don't have many comments from people without blogs...but if you do stop by comment and tell me what you are reading (well that goes for everyone).

*I realize that these "other" readers could have book blogs and I don't know it but that really isn't the point.
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