Let’s Talk: Bookish Influences

Lets Talk Lets Talk: Book Influences

Let’s Talk is a weekly meme created by Smash Attack Reads and A Book Obsession in which you talk about whatever the topic is. And if there’s one thing you know I love to do, it’s blab.

Today’s question:

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

I’m a bit mixed on this. I read some reviews, but honestly, not all of them. I follow a LOT of blogs, so unless it’s a favorite blogger, or the cover sounds interesting, or it’s a book I’ve heard of before – I might not even look at it. But I do read some reviews, and they can definitely make me decide whether I should read a book or not. The book I’m reading now, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, I discovered because a blogger did a mini-review of it and it sounded fun (which it is, so far. I’m kind of loving it.) The mini-reviews can be kind of perfect – they don’t give much away, but can definitely entice you to read that book. Also, they’re quick to read and I know that’s a plus for me.

Sometimes I know that a book is supposed to be really shocking or is full of plot twists, so I avoid the reviews if I want to read it because I want to avoid spoilers. I want my face to be like this when I read that kind of book:

shock gasp

 

Which is why I think I’ve only read one review of Gone Girl (thank goodness, it was very vague). I still haven’t decided if I want to read it or not, but if I do I bet I will be very, very surprised.

So how about you guys? Do you read book reviews, or do you avoid them so that the review doesn’t taint your opinions while reading?

~Sarah

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18 comments

  1. Same here, I generally read them after I’ve read the book to compare thoughts and so that I don’t get spoiled. Mostly I go by twitter recs, as they are short and sweet, or most wanted lists.

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    1. Reading reviews after you’ve already read the book is funnest, I think. Because then you have no fear of spoilers, and then you can actually have something constructive to say in a comment! Reviews of books I haven’t read might be interesting, but there’s not a whole lot to say comment-wise except “Sounds good, great review!”

      Sadly, I don’t hear about a lot of books via Twitter recommendations. I think I’m not on Twitter enough.

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  2. I hate reading a review and coming across a spoiler … though, sometimes this can happen OUTSIDE of a review. I was once on Twitter and someone posted something MAJOR about the end of a series I had just started reading. I’m still ticked off about that. I feel like I need to go through the blogging universe with shields on. 🙂

    I’m hit and miss with reviews, too … sometimes I read them and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes it depends on the book, sometimes on the reviewer, and sometimes on how much time I have. So many variables!

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  3. I’m starting to play around with mini reviews. I enjoy writing them more and hope to find the balance of explaining the book enough while not giving anything away.

    I’m a review skimmer just to get an idea.

    I’m avoiding all reviews for the Mara Dyer series right now. I hear it’s quite twisty and I’m starting it next week. Which is weird because usually spoilers don’t bother me.

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    1. I’m thinking of coming up with a way to do mini-reviews, in addition to regular reviews. Maybe like a monthly post where I do mini-reviews of all the books I reviewed month? It’d be good for skimmers like us. Hmmmm…

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  4. Oh I read reviews all the time. I like to read other blogger’s opinions on things, particularly if I’m not sure I want to invest the time. I have people whose opinions I trust, and none of those people are fancy schmancy literary critics. Spoilers don’t really bother me, unless it’s like a HUGE thing. Like with Gone Girl. It was all BAM! Shocking! Even I wouldn’t spoil that in my review, and I’m the queen of spoilers. So. I guess I really had nothing useful to add other than to ramble and tell you I typically trust your opinions on books.

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    1. I don’t think I’ve ever read a fancy book review from like The New York Times or anything. I trust your opinions on books too 🙂 Which is why I’m getting ready to start that behemoth of a book called The Stand sometime late next week. I’m excited to try it!

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  5. I love mini-reviews, too! I should actually write some of those to get some of my reviews written.

    I abhor spoilers like the plague so I don’t even recap books that I review. I just go over what I liked and didn’t like in hugely vague terms. Hey, we all review the way we like to read reviews.

    Oh, I LOVE Kevin Smith!! Thanks for the huge smile tonight!! That’s my face when I read a book and don’t read the blurb and have no idea what’s going on!! 😉

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    1. That gif just makes me want to go watch Jay and Silent Bob. I don’t care what anyone says, that movie is great.

      And yay for the mini-reviews! I think I should work on using them more – I tend to ramble and try to explain too much.

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  6. I tend to avoid reviews of books unless it’s a post by my fave bloggers. I will read all the synopsis on all posts and if it sounds like a book I want to read I won’t finish the review or just carefully skim.
    If it’s a synopsis only book that I’m reviewing, I won’t read any reviews at all until mine is posted. I don’t want someone else swaying my opinions.

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    1. Yeah I don’t like to read other reviews before I write my review either. Although when I read them after, sometimes I’m like “Oh man, I forgot to talk about that in my review!” but I’m usually too lazy to go back and add in any of my extra thoughts, lol.

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