I was reading over at The Savvy Reader a terrific post regarding Oprah's lastest book pick. Last week the office staff at a HarperCollins office were crowded into a lounge to watch her and find out which book would be announced.
As you probably know by now Freedom by Jonathon Frazen was selected. Browse inside Freedom.
At the end of that post, Jason asked whether this announcement by Oprah affects your choice in reading this book.
I checked in my Read, Remember, Recommend journal and found the list of approximately sixty books that Oprah has previously recommended. Of those listed I have read two. I have a further three marked off as wanting to read. Clearly I don't use Oprah as a source for suggesting books to me. In fact, I would say that I tend to avoid book pushed by celebrities. I don't say this is a good approach, but that's how it happens with me. I might be missing out on some good reads.
On reflection, I'd say that I don't want to get sucked into buying an overly hyped book. Imagine you are a reviewer and you read this current book and hate it, would you post and honest review or would you go with the flow not wanting to rock the boat?
Did you purchase this book solely on Oprah's recommendation? What did you think of it? Are you planning to read it? buy it? borrow it from your library?
Be sure to leave a comment as I am curious if I am standing alone in my reluctance.