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Do you read book reviews? Do you let them change your mind about reading/not reading a particular book?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!


55 responses

  1. Great question! Here’s my answer this week.

  2. My TBR pile is so huge that I don’t tend to go out of my way to read book reviews, just in case it’ll entice me to read even more, but sometimes I do like to read reviews of books I’ve already read, just to see how other people’s opinions compare with mine.

  3. My answer is posted here

  4. I used to read them but I tend to choose books that appeal to me no matter what reviews I read. If I am not sure about a book, a review might make me take it or not. More not. But if I really want to read something, I prefer not to read reviews, that way I have no prejudice or there are no spoilers.

  5. Fun question! My answer is at The Crowded Leaf.


    My long-winded answer (had to cover all of the bases, ya know). 😉


  7. My answer is here. I think it makes sense — I had to cut out some if/maybe/sometimes tangents which were steering my post away from the question 🙂

  8. I will be curious to read what other people posted. Here’s mine. Good question.

  9. Book reviews have introduced me to a lot of good books I wouldn’t have been aware of otherwise. They’re part of the reason my TBR pile is so high. It’s very rare that a review will change my mind about reading a book, but I’m more likely to listen to a reviewer whose tastes I know well and who knows mine. I may like it for reasons a reviewer didn’t and vice versa.

  10. I will enjoy reading the responses to this one.

    Here is mine.

  11. Here’s mine!

    Happy readings!

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  13. Here’s mine:

    So tired atm will read everyone else’s later on.

  14. They do if the person reviewing has shown me that they like the same sort of books that I do.

  15. In order to keep my sanity as I put my work up on the Internet, I read only book reviews written by Randall Jarrell. May he rest in peace.

  16. I read reviews in blogs and those left through Virtual Bookshelf in FaceBook. But I rarely let a review make or break a book choice for me. Usually, I’m just curious to see what a blogger has said in their reviews or, in the case of FB, I tend to see the reviews when I’m entering a book in my “Read” list. It’s a little late then. The “reviews” that mean the most to me are those given to me by friends who know my reading tastes. If one of those folks tells me that a book is good, I’ll probably put it on my “to be read” list.

  17. Negative reviews rarely stop me from reading a book I am really interested in! Here’s my full answer:

  18. My full answer can be found here for this week:

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