Booking Through Thursday - Reviews

Booking Through Thursday this week asks:

Do you read book reviews? Who do you trust? Do they affect your reading habits? Your buying habits?

Not necessarily do I read book reviews.  If I do read them, its because the book is interesting enough that I am considering reading them.  I usually go by what other readers have said and while that is not exactly something I would recommend for everybody, it works for me.  I find that one can gauge a little more accurately how people, readers, are enjoying a particular book, but that sometimes can be misleading, as I have picked up books either through the library or the bookstore thinking that I am going to like this particular book and then not ending up liking it.  I suppose they do affect my reading habits, as the people that put up the reviews, whether they be professionals or amateurs like myself, are saying that this is an excellent book and that this is a book that shouldn't be touched, even though what one reader likes, another may not like.  I have picked up books/bought books that I have heard a lot about whether through the news or book podcasts and have had glowing reviews about said book.

Comments

iwriteinbooks said…
I think, most of the answers this morning, are relying heavily on the idea of subjectivity which is where I sit. It's nice to know I'm not alone in being alone. ;O)
Good answer.

Here's mine:

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/06/booking-through-thursday.html
Sally said…
Nice answer. I like to read reviews but I don't base my book buying decisions on them. Just because someone likes a book doesn't mean I will.
Sally.
http://theelifylop.blogspot.com/2011/06/booking-through-thursday-20.html
Cindy Swanson said…
I agree...you do have to be somewhat careful with reviews, because one person may love a book that another person can't stand! That said, review do influence me.

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Cindy at Cindy's Book Club

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