Booking Through Thursday – Let’s Review

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? – BTT

In general, I prefer not to read reviews of things such as movies or books. When I was impressionable, I found them affecting the way I watched the film. Usually the bad reviews. I’m the type of person that wants to see the good in these things, and if I can’t, I rather be the one who sees the bad. It’s impossible to not read reviews though or catch news of books. I read book blogs, but I find those reviews connected and closer than newspaper book reviews. If I do see a bad review of a book I want to read, for the most part, I’ll still read it. I usually read book from authors I like, and my relationship with them is fairly stable and committed.  As for good reviews, I do tend to note the books because they are a good way to find other books.

3 thoughts to “Booking Through Thursday – Let’s Review”

  1. I tend to rely more on good reviews than bad. When the review is bad, it’s easy for me to keep in mind that it’s just one person’s opinion. If a review is good and the book is by a new author, I’m more willing to try that author.

  2. I agree as well. Reviews usually influence me depending on the genre of the book, but sometimes they do encourage me to break out of my comfort zone and for that I am actually grateful to the reviewer. And as you said, bad reviews tend to make all of us hesitate on picking up that specific book. It’s better to find out for yourself what the book is truly about.

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