This week The Blue Bookcase asks:
Do you like to supplement your reading with outside sources, like Sparknotes, academic articles, or other bloggers' reviews? Why or why not?
It really depends on what the material is that I am reading, but honestly I am really trying to not supplement my reading with outside sources due to the fact that (a) I just want to read a book for the enjoyment of reading rather than gaining more information and (b) I am not in university any more.
While I do enjoy reading extra things about a particular book, I find that it sometimes takes too much time out of my regular reading. Oh, I will have Sparknotes up while I read a book, if I am at home, but for the most part I just want to read a book for enjoyment of learning something different and being exposed to different ideas, etc.
As for reviews, I do read them, but I have found that they have hindered my enjoyment of the book rather complementing it, at least what I have found with some books. In fact, it sometimes has raises my expectations of a particular book. For example, I had heard so much positive feedback to The Night Circus this past fall that when I finally got myself to reading it, I had much higher expectations through the reviews and buzz I had heard about the book and when I read it, I was disappointed in the book and thought it was mediocre at best and just didn't like it and basically made it out to be something more than I expected it to be.
I suppose what I am trying to say is that it really depends on the situation that I am in and it really depends on the book.