18 January 2008

BTT for 1/17

A not too bad one this week.

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?

It is hard to say. The only place i read book reviews (published ones at least) is Entertainment Weekly, not counting the ones i read online on blogs or zines. If something by an author i really like gets an awful review i will probably read it anyway. And i don't care how great a review a chick lit novel gets, i will never read it. pretty much the same for romance, true crime, or westerns. A positive review of something i hadn't heard of will at least make me take a look at it.

1 comment:

  1. It depends. If something is getting terrible reviews from both professional critics and a great portion of the blog community, I may shy away. Otherwise I don't put alot of stock in reviews. If friends, blog or otherwise, like something it will often encourage me to at least take a look at it. By and large I have a large list of things I want to read and books piled up, so I am seldom out trolling reviews for the next book to pick up.

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