January 17, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Let's Review

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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?


Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!


How much do reviews (good and bad) affect your choice of reading? I've seen bad reviews for books I love so I don't always make reading decisions based on them. If a reviewer raves about a book, it will peek my interest and I'll find out more about it. As for bad reviews, one or two I can understand but if a book consistently gets the thumbs down I probably won't pick it up.

If you see a bad review of a book you wanted to read, do you still read it? If I really want to read it then I will. Like I said, there are books I love that I've seen people hate. And it's funny, I've read reviews where a reviewer raves about it and the next person rants. It's all a matter of personal taste.

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? I'm still not sure about The Book Thief. Nazis and Death? Everyone I know who reads it seems to love it. I'm not one who only reads sunny, happy books but that period in history is terrible and thinking of the inhumanity depresses me. Still, the positive reviews are overwhelming and although I might be the last person in the world to read it, I probably will.

10 comments :

  1. I have not read The Book Thief. Maybe I'll go to Amazon and read some reviews. :) That is the whole point. It is a place to start, not something to sway you one way of the other. If everyone liked the book and you do not think you will, you don't have to read it. There are plenty of others to choose from.

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  2. The Book Thief is sad, but I have much love for it. It was one of my top books I read last year.

    But I think you already knew that. ;-)

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  3. I plan to read The Book Thief. I know that partof history is dark. However, we cannot ignore it.

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  4. I agree with everything you've said. But I read the Book Thief and LOVED it. Yes, it's sad and there are horrible things involved. But it is such an excellent book. But I did cry through probably the last 50 pages, if that tells you anything!!

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  5. I haven't read The Book Thief either. Happy BTT.

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  6. I haven't read the Book Thief either but it does look like a book I'll be picking up.

    Reviews tend to bring books to my attention more than influence my reading.

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  7. It's sad in many ways, but such an amazing book. I can understand why you'd avoid it, though. I've avoided The Kite Runner in spite of overwhelmingly positive reviews.

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  8. If I see a book that is continually raved about, I will check it out (I'm reading The Book Thief right now and never would have stumbled upon it without blogging around).

    But, if I want to read a book, I still will--even if it has bad reviews. The way I look at it is everyone has different opinions--which is a great thing!

    It's been a while since I've been here--like the new look (even if pink is one of my favorite colors!). :) I'm going to add you to my blogroll, if you don't mind.

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  9. Thanks for the visit everyone!

    Steph- Telling me you cried is not selling it to me! lol

    Trish- Thanks! I don't mind at all.

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  10. I like having positive and negative reviews when considering a book--I feel like I'm getting a more balanced look. Whether that is true at all is questionable, but it seems to work for me. :-)

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