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How can you turn down that face up there? Isn't she a sweetie! Wish she was mine, but I found her online looking for an image to capture the thought of "Begging." Because today I'm wondering what you do to get someone to read a book you love.
When I have just finished a book that I thought was 5 star fabulous the first thing I want to do is find someone else out there to talk to about it. Preferably someone who was as taken by it as me. But sometimes I will accept the challenge of debating the book's merits with someone who found it less than incredible. Goodreads is a great spot to find people who have just read what you did. But I generally enjoy talking about it with someone I already know. And if the people I know haven't read it yet, I do what I can to get that book in their hands.
It is one thing to blather on about how great a book is. To give a stirring review. To buy it for someone. But it is quite another to actually motivate them to read it NEXT.
So how do you do it? Do you beg? Do you put the book in their hands and just sit and stare at them until they actually start reading it? Read it aloud to them? Dare them? Bribe them? Create a challenge or assignment around it? I can give people my favorite books until I run out of money. I can even have a sweet puppy deliver them. But I can't force them to read them. What persuasive measures do you go to so that friends, family and strangers don't have to go another day without experiencing the best book ever?