5 Ways To Drop Book Recommendations Into A Conversation

Have you ever wanted to get someone to read your favorite book but didn’t know how? If that sounds like you, try one of these 5 ways!

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Indeed, being a bookish person can be a struggle sometimes. You want other people to read the stories you love but it’s not as easy as dropping a music playlist or a new TV show to binge. So, what is the avid reader to do? Fear not, literature lover, for I have found 5 different, effective ways to casually sneak in those book recommendations into the conversation and get your friends, family, coworkers or absolute strangers invested.

The Aside

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Possibly the easiest and sneakiest way to add books to the conversation is with the Aside. This method is using the topic of the conversation and leading it into the story, theme, characters, etc. of the book. For example, if the discussion is about how college is draining everybody’s spirits, maybe slip in how Holden Caulfield felt the same way about prep school in Catcher in the Rye.

Use the sentence starters: “By the way…” or “That reminds me of…”

The Matchmaker

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This method, the Matchmaker, takes knowing the person more personally. Here, you want to figure out their interests as well as their favorite movie genre. Especially try and pry out their preferences in books as well, if you can. As an example, let us say they are easily bored by long novels but love adventure movies, try recommending Life of Pi.

Use the sentence starter: “Since you like [blank], you might like [blank].”

The Socialite

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Maybe the person you’re talking to only cares about what is hip and new, someone totally embedded in pop culture. Guess what, you can still get them to read that book with the Socialite method! If a celebrity has ever promoted the title or if the book was turned into a popular TV show or movie, lead with that. For instance, if they were not interested in The Lord of the Rings before, remind them of all the fame and attention it constantly receives, even from Joseph Mawle of Game of Thrones!

Use the sentence starters: “Did you see, there is a new movie/TV show about…” or “[Celebrity] was talking about…”

The Duet

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Someone close to you is a little skittish and is hesitant about reading by themselves. Further, they say they can’t concentrate or that they get confused. That’s okay, use the Duet Method and read together! Reading with someone makes you closer and of course gives you something to be passionate about together. Especially imagine having someone to vent to about the ending to The Handmaid’s Tale and they’re as angry as you are!

Use the sentence starters: “We could read…” or “Let’s try…”

The Hypeman

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Then, if all else fails, hype it up with the Hypeman method. That is, explain how you just finished the book and go on about what a joy it was to read. They say happiness is contagious, the person you are talking to might just catch your excitement and pick up the book. Also, I tried this method and got a friend to read Brave New World— they loved it!

Use the sentence starter: “I just read…”

Finally, now that you have all of these tactics in your tool belt, you’re ready to go out and convince people to read. Try one or try them all, see what works best and good luck on getting them just as attached to the story as you are.

And if you’re friends are even questioning if reading is worth it, we’ve got you covered here!