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:
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?