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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What about book reviews?

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!

1 comment:

  1. I sometimes read reviews when I've already decided on a book. The review rarely influences whether I change my mind or not-like you, I like to make up my own mind and if I've already thought it sounds intriguing, I go with my gut.
    On a related tangent, I do look at books that B&N and Amazon list as books bought by a person who also bought the initial book I'm looking at.
    A new book always makes me tingle with anticipation no matter what anyone else thinks:)
    Oh, and I can't remember the last book I bought because of a review...I borrowed Fifty Shades...because of the reviews and that's the closest I can recall!