The Booking Through Thursday question for this week is:
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?
A lot depends on who is doing the reviewing. A newspaper or magazine review, for instance, won’t carry as much weight as a blog review of someone I know to some degree whose tastes are similar to mine.
A lot also depends on the character of the review, the types of things the reviewer liked or disliked.
I have disliked books that have received rave reviews from others, and I have been surprised to see negative reviews of books I liked, so reviews probably wouldn’t sway me 100%, but they do have influence. I have books on my to-be-read list as a result of positive reviews I have read about them.