Wednesday, September 28, 2011
FIR '011 Question #1
All through the Fall Into Reading Challenge, Katrina, our hostess, will be asking an optional weekly question about reading. Why is she doing this you ask? Well in her words:
"Why am I doing this? Well, for one thing, I love reading and talking about reading with others. And for another, I thought it would be a great way to keep Fall Into Reading participants connected throughout the course of the challenge. Finally, I posted reading questions during Fall Into Reading 2010 and everyone seemed to really enjoy them. So let’s do it again!"
Sounds good to me! So here is this first week's question:
How much do book reviews influence your decision to acquire and/or read a book?
I love reading book reviews. As far as their influence goes, it depends on who is reviewing the book. I don't put a lot of thought towards the reviews by newspapers, authors or other reviewers that are actually written on the book cover. I don't know why, I just never have. Maybe because they are all raving reviews that I figure are there to sell the book. I like the reviews of the average reader. If it comes from a source I trust such as favorite bloggers or someone I know personally, I'm more likely to listen to their opinion. I always keep in mind, though, that we all have our tastes in types of stories and styles of writing. For example, what my friend usually really loves is spiritual toned thrillers and mysteries, and what she would highly recommend and review well is usually something that is not on my radar as far as wanted reading goes and my daughter would probably not pick up any sort of historical romance no matter what raving review it got from anybody. Reviews are more a tool for me to find out in a little more detail what the story is about and if that book actually piques my interest. I like to read several reviews on any title to get a balance of thought and opinion.
So do reviews influence what you buy or read?