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Beyond the Lone Islands

Thursday, 24 June 2010

BTT: Book Reviews

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

I often read reviews in my local newspaper, and occasionally in other newspapers and magazines. I also read book reviews on certain blogs that I follow. Sometimes a review may draw my attention to a book I would otherwise not even have heard about. At other times a review may make me think that no, that does not sound like my kind of book. It also happens occasionally that I come across reviews that differ in their opinion, and that might make me curious to form my own impression.

If for some reason I have already made up my mind to read a certain book, one negative review is not very likely to change my mind about it. But an interesting review of a book that I have hitherto not felt inclined to read, might well make me curious enough to give it (another) go.

Unless I feel really sure about a book, I usually try to borrow it from the library rather than buying it.


Gramma Ann said...

I enjoyed your viewpoint. Very interesting. And yes I do read reviews.

rae said...

My husband was teasing me about my reviews the other day, which prompted a conversation about book reviews in general. So I was very interested to read your opinion this morning!

Sandra said...

No, I don't read book reviews, i do listen to other people when they tell me about a book they read. I have favorite authors and sometimes find new ones because of comments from friends. that is why i like the library, if i don't like it i put it down and don't feel guilty.

Alayne said...

Great answer. My BTT is at The Crowded Leaf.

Ginny said...

I love reading book reviews, especially in the newspaper! It's how I find out about new good books. Many times I have read a new book review that looked so good I bought it!! And most of the time I'm glad I did.

Marce said...

1 negative review won't make me change my mind but a few from trusted bloggers, definitely.

Here is mine.

Lori said...

I read reviews but I form my own opinions. Here's mine


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