Friday, January 4, 2013

Let's Talk - 1/4/2013.

Let’s Talk is a meme hosted by Smash Attack Reads and A Book Obsession.  

Let's Talk is a a great place to get personal and learn more about one another!  

Each week, a different question will be posted along with a place to link up your posts and visit other people’s responses. This meme is definitely meant to bring out conversation and meet new people. So, Let’s Talk!

Today's Question:  Do reviews often influence your book choices, or are you someone who doesn’t read reviews until after reading the book?

Answer: Reviews will definitely influence my reading choices.  There are a few blogs that I always go to and trust what they have to say, whether it's something that will appeal to me or not.  For the most part though, reviews will bring the book or author to my attention and then I'll look into it a bit more.  As an example, there are so many Urban Fantasy books out there, you know the ones, with the bad-ass chicks on the cover...that I usually go to Amazon and see what is being said.  I usually read the negative reviews more carefully to determine if it's something that I would like.  If they gave it a negative review because there was no romance, well then that is something that appeals to me more.  If they say it's too violent, I'm there! If they say there is no character development and the plot is cliche, then that wil hold me off more.  

If I own a book that I know I'm going to read, I won't read a review on it.  In fact, I'll avoid reviews because I don't want any spoilers.  As Smash said, I too, also won't read reviews before I write a post because I don't want to be infuenced.  I do like reading them afterward though.  It's funny to see all the different opinions.  And that's what I love about discussing books!


Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

I agree! My blogger friends definitely influence my book purchases, but once I own a book I shy away from reading reviews so that I don't get spoiled.

Julie@My5monkeys said...

I trust book bloggers reviews over what's in the paper and remember when oprah book choices were king.

Yes book bloggers reviews whether good or bad are what get me to buy the book.

Anonymous said...

I look at the ratings, but won't read the full reviews until after I have read it. My opinion seems to sway too easily if I read what everyone else thinks before reading the book myself.

Smash Attack Ash said...

Reviewers definitely brings books to my attention because I am just not out there all up in book release land. :)

Midnyte Reader said...


@Julie-Definitely! I just trust my blogger pals implicitly.

@Theresa-I think that is normal. Sometimes I do that too.

@Smash-I'm not either unless I'm really waiting for something or hear a tidbit. I usually have no clue what's coming out.

Kristin @ Addicted to HEA said...

It is quite entertaining to read reviews after you've written yours. I do it so I can see if I was in the ballpark. Usually I am, a few times I wasn't but I didn't change my review. I just verified that I didn't miss anything major in the book that would have turned my experience around.

What would we do without our Goodreads and blooger buds??? Go broke faster, I'm sure!!

Kt Clapsadl said...

I completely agree with negative reviews being the most helpful with buying decisions. They seem to outlay the issues/positives better than a glowing review as those can be rather gushy.

Sarah said...

I definitely agree with having to look up reviews of books that all seem the same (there are SO many books with badass chicks on the covers these days), it can help weed out the ones that you'd rather not waste your time on.

Midnyte Reader said...

@Kristin-Sometimes when I read reviews after and they are so different than mine, I do make a note in my reviews titled "Afterthoughts."

@KT-That is a good point.

@Sarah-Agreed. It's a big job to weed out the undesirable ones.

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