Booking Through Thursday

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?

If the review is done by a person who I know has a similar tastes than me, then quite a lot. It also depends on the review: if it mentions things that I would like or dislike either as negative or postive it has, of course, more value. If, say, a reviewer mentions that a book has multiple POV characters, it doesn’t really matter if the reviewer likes the technique; I don’t.

One bad review can influence me so much that I wouldn’t read the book. However, usually I do seek out at least three different reviews before deciding. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve bought a book by just browsing on stores. I do have over a hundred books in my to-read-pile. 🙂 So, I tend to research carefully books that I do buy. I’m more casual with library books, though. And I have to get my review books almost blindly because usually I don’t know anything about the writers available there.