Let's Review

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?

In my opinion, reviews given by an 'unknown' reviewer like those in the newspaper, magazines, et al, are biased to that person's individual preference. It could even be a marketing gimmick. Thus, good or bad reviews given by the said reviewer will not sway my choice and opinion of the book.

I normally would use book reviews to find out what the book is all about. What is the story; would I be interested to read further. Because sometimes the reviews summarize the story better than by reading what's written at the book's back cover. I have no problem in knowing how the story book ends, really. To me, what's important is the journey from chapter one to the end.

And besides, all story ends with a happy ending :)

I do however, trust reviews and recommendations made by like minded friends. Many of the books I've read these past years are recommended by friends and most often than not, I enjoyed it as immensely as they do. So based on their words, I can be swayed on my decision whether I should purchase the book or not.

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Jaimie said…
That is just it. Everyone has their own preferences and tastes. Blurbs on the book are hype and I would rather read a blogger review than anything.
Brie said…
Well said. I do not trust book blurbs because they are there, mainly, to peak interest in the book.

Often times I find the blurb to be more interesting than the book itself and where does that leave me with? A horrible book with a great blurb.
Larawannabe said…
jaimie yar... a blogger's review is more candid that those marketing stuff.

brie i had collected a few horrible books by falling for its brilliant book blurbs. lol. i have since learnt my lesson ;)

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