This past month, studying for exams has kept me busy and limited my blogging time, but I’ve thought a lot about possible ideas for discussion posts (and got inspired by the strangest things) and this is my first attempt here. I’m not really sure how to write these, but I’ll get better, please bear with me.
So reviews. We all read them, right? My question is: how much stock do you actually put in them?
Whenever I find an interesting-sounding book, my first instinct is to look up at least a few reviews, see what other people thought about it. I’m honestly not brave enough to just buy a book without at least checking the general impression. The places I browse: Amazon, goodreads, and different book blogs. Although admittedly goodreads is my least favourite place for this kind of thing, couldn’t really explain why. I put the most stock in favourite bloggers reviews, and I suspect that’s going to be the case even more now that I interact with all of you personally.
What about you?
- Which places do you visit for reliable reviews?
- Do you have a preference?
- Are there other review places you’d recommend?
- Is there anyone who doesn’t read reviews before buying a book?
- Can you afford to just buy any good-sounding book and risk hating it?
- Are bad reviews enough to turn you off a book you really want to read? If so, how many? Is the opposite true? Are good reviews enough to make up your mind about a book you didn’t originally consider? If so, how many?
- How much does a trusted blogger friend’s opinion matter?
Please feel free to sound off in the comments about any of the questions above or anything else you can think of on this topic.
P.S. Are these discussion posts a good idea? Or am I boring everyone? Should I stop? Should I come up with something more interesting next time? (My super confident self is wondering.)