MizB over at Should Be Reading is musing this fine Monday about reviews. Here’s the question:
***Do you read book reviews online? In newspapers? Elsewhere? If so, do you let those reviews stop you from reading a particular book, if the book was poorly reviewed? Or, do you read the book anyway?
I do read reviews online. I’ve read many really great books this way. However, for a book I really want to read like Breaking Dawn for instance and haven’t yet had a chance to get to, I am not reading the reviews. I will glance at the end of the review to see if the person liked it or not but that’s about it. I want to form my own opinion on it and plus I don’t want to ruin it for myself.
Even if someone has given a book a not so great review, if the back cover still sounds good to me I’ll usually try it. I think everyone has such different views on what makes a book good. What’s good to me may not float someone else’s boat and vice versa. However, if it’s someone’s opinion that I really value and they tell me I’m not likely to enjoy it, I do take that into consideration.
So, what about you? Do you read reviews online? Do you let reviews affect whether or not you’ll give a book a chance? Share your thoughts on this musing Monday.