Thursday, January 17, 2008

BTT: Let's Review... (January 17, 2008)

This week's question

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?

Reviews definitely help me to decide to get a particular book, but they do not dictate my decision 100%. Some of the books that I would buy irregardless of reviews are those by Nora Roberts. Book reviews are very subjective and each individual have their own say. They reflect what the readers like or don't like much to their own taste, but generally they're good indicators of whether the books are worth reading or not. I have a few ways of deciding whether to buy or not.

When I already have in mind the books I wanted to buy: I usually browse at Amazon.com only because I'm curious to see what other readers are saying about the book. Most of the time I still go ahead with the purchase even though the reviews are not favourable. I would buy them from the local bookstores or if they're not available conventionally, I'll go through the online used book sellers such as BetterWorld.com.

Random browsing at the bookstores: This is when I visit them, especially in my previous job when they were so nearby my office. In fact, they're in the same building. I would automatically hit my favourite section and have fun with my friends (the books). I will pick out a few books that catch my attention and then look at them more closely: the cover, the blurb, etc. I almost always end up with a book or two when I leave the store. It's a habit that got me broke. Almost.

So book reviews do influence my decision to read a book although not so much. I really enjoy book blogs and I think they're great source to finding wonderful reads.

Happy BTT, everyone!

Book Quote:


I don't read reviews because by then it's too late - whatever anyone says, the book won't change. It is written.

— Jeanette Winterson