Thursday, 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 I want to read a book and am familiar with other work by that author, I can easily ignore bad reviews. A bad review from someone I know might encourage me to wait a bit before reading a new author and make reading that particular book a lower priority. Bad reviews from, say, Amazon are easy to ignore unless the majority of the reviews are bad.

If you see a bad review of a book you wanted to read, do you still read it?
Yes. Normally I choose books by author or I rely on the decription of the book. If all the reviews are bad, however, I might hesitate or make it a lower priority.

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?
Maybe, if it is in a genre I like. All the good and glowing reviews in the world of a romance novel will not encourage me to read it. Of course, I'll probably never read those reviews either.

1 comment:

Literary Feline said...

So true. Reviews may influence me some, but if I really want to read a book, I will no matter what and if it's not a book I am interested in, a positive review will not make me pick it up.