Thursday, January 17, 2008
Booking Through Thursday
This week’s question is suggested by Puss Reboots:
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?
- This is really a good questions and I'm interested to know what other people thoughts in this. Because it would explain to me more of the "why" people like or dislike the book that I might have like. Or book that I might not have like. Some reader can take you to different direction to see the other side of things, that you never thought about before on first glance of reading the book when you are just beginning to think you don't like the book. It like a light bulb moments. But than it also give you the understanding of the reader preference of the book and their dislike. It a good things for me, cause it taught me something about readers and myself.
I normally do not choose a book to read by reader reviews from an on-line bookstore (like Amazon or B&N). Because those reviews do not help me much. However, saying that...reviews do affect my choice of reading. If I see a bad review of the book I wanted to read, I do read it anyway. Why? Because I'm curious to see what reader see. And if I see a good review of the book I know I won't read, I might be curious enough to give it a try. But that depend on the person who recommend it or friends who I can trust or have similar taste like mine. And wonderful people like blogger and my yahoo reading group have help me too :)
It make the book more interesting when two reader, read the same book but have different opinion of the book. But more often, I'm always reading books by my favorite authors, and reviewers can not affect me with favorite authors. I tend to read it whether readers like it or not. But I learn alot about the reader by their review :)
P.S - Just to be clear, I am not an opinionated person...at all. I don't beat it to death. I listen and that all I do :)
What about you? Does review affect you?
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