Question of the Week: Have you ever convinced someone to read a book, a series, or a whole genre? What book(s) and who was it? Did they like it?
Most of the people I talk with don't read as much as me, including my family, so I really don't get chances to recommend books very often. (This is why I started reviewing books in the first place, in fact!).
There have been a few cases. I believe I recommended the Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop to a friend who got so obsessed with it, she was getting the newer books before I was. I also influenced a few friends to read A Song of Ice and Fire (right before the first season started and it exploded in popularity).
What I'm most proud of however is that I influenced my adopted younger sister to start reading in the first place.
My younger sister didn't live with my family until she was about ten years old. I'd known her since she was in diapers and a series of events landed my mom having guardianship over her and her moving in. Before she had moved in, she never read really at all, and even proclaimed to not like it very much, unlike myself who was always reading.
We wanted to spend more time together, however. I worked closing at my part-time job and she had school, so we didn't get to see each other very much, despite being close. I decided one day to start reading to her a chapter or two at night before she went to bed.
We started with The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, and by the end of it, she was stealing the book to read on her own when I couldn't. Since then she's read dozens of books all on her own, without any pushing or help from me.
Nothing can top that for me.