I'm participating again today in Booking Through Thursday, where the questions are:
Do you read book reviews? Whose do you trust? Do they affect your reading habits? Your buying habits?
The answer? You bet I do!
I have always paid attention to book reviews, even way before I had a blog. I would read the reviews in USA Today (I really liked Deirdre Donahue's reviews), women's magazines and the like.
Since starting blogging, and especially since starting this book blog, book reviews have definitely influenced my reading and buying habits.
A recent case in point: I read (actually bought it, at Borders!) Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog because of a review I read that was part of Semicolon's Saturday Review of Books, and it kicked off a spree of reading Connie Willis books. (I'm still looking for a couple of them.)
I also got into P.D. James' Adam Dalgleish mysteries thanks to a Saturday Review of Books review.
Those are just a couple of recent examples. I'm sure there are more, and at least 5 books on my Goodreads "to-read" list are there because I read bloggers' favorable reviews.
Now, I wouldn't necessarily avoid a book if a reviewer didn't like it, but it would weigh in my decision...and if a reviewer genuinely raves about the book, I'll definitely be influenced to read it.
How about you?
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