Do you read book reviews? And if you do, do you put much stock in them? Does it make you go out and get that book? I admit, I’ve read a couple (both good and bad), even received a couple (all good. Whew!), but I’ve never let someone else’s opinion influence my purchase. I like to form my own opinion (and that goes for movies too. I have found, for me though, the worse a movie review is, the more I generally love the movie).
For all the hype about Fifty Shades of Grey, I have yet to read the story. Banish me to the basement where all the old, well-loved books reside, but I haven’t read any of the Twilight Series (I know! Shame on me!)
That being said, if a friend simply gushes: “Oh, you have to read this book!” then chances are, I will read that book because my friends know what I read and what I like. I have yet to be steered wrong (thank you, friends!). I have my favorite authors, of course, and I will continue to read them no matter what critics say.
So what about you? Does a review (good or bad) influence your purchase? Does it make you want to run right out and buy that book? And what was the last book you bought because of a review?
As always, happy reading!