Without trying to be too nostalgic, books come into our lives in many strange and wonderful ways. Often the story behind how we became interested in a particular author, genre or book is as telling as the effect those pieces of literature have had on us. How did you discover your favorite author, book or style of writing? A divine accident? A school assignment or recommendations from a friend?
Going a little further, how do you decide what to read next? Is it purely whatever catches your eye? Do friends and family recommend things for you to read? If so, do you heed their advice -- or purposely go against it? Do you pay any mind to the wild and wacky world of book reviews? I'd like to know if a good review makes any difference to you in terms of your reading list -- or if a bad review makes you that much more curious.
Let us in on how you pick your reading material and tell us what books you're reading at the moment.