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!
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.ReplyDelete
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!