Let’s Review… January 17, 2008
This week’s question is suggested by Puss Reboots:
How much do reviews (good and bad) affect your choice of reading? If you see a bad review of a book you wanted to read, do you still read it? If you see a good review of a book you’re sure you won’t like, do you change your mind and give the book a try?
I’m embarrassed to admit that I am very easily swayed by book reviews. Bad reviews have kept me away from books I wanted to read. Good reviews have caused me to give a second look to books I never thought I’d want to read.
But I do try to consider the source of the review. Is it coming from a book blog that I like, read frequently, and often agree with? Is it coming from a friend whose opinion I respect, or someone in my book club? If it’s an online review on a site like Borders or amazon.com, is the review well thought out rather than reactionary?
If the reviewer raves about a book I’ve read and really disliked, I have to question their judgement. I probably wouldn’t put much weight on any review they gave after that!
How about you? How much do reviews affect your reading?
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