I gave my novel to 2 people close to me so they can read it and give their opinion.
Until now, I was so hesitant to let anyone read it. My novels are more personal than my diary(if I were to have a diary, I mean). Although they are entirely fiction, I do incorporate a lot of personal experiences and emotions in their plots. Because of that, I feel a little strange letting people I know read it.
The bright side to this is that people I don’t know reading it can’t link it to any part of me at all. If all goes well, more of them will be reading it than people I do know.
If not, well, at least I have the whole “Hello, it’s FICTION. Made up story, remember?” argument under my belt.