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?
Good reviews can make me more enthusiastic to read a book if I'm already interested in reading it. Bad reviews don't really affect my reading choices at all. Mostly, I listen to what other friends, family, and bloggers are saying about books rather than reviews in newspapers and places like that. In my experience, reviews are very hit or miss with me. For instance, Terry Pratchett's Disc World series has gotten excellent reviews over the years. I, however, didn't really care too much for the first one. Water for Elephants had glowing reviews as well. I was reluctant to read it because it sounded weird but I listened to recommendations from other people, read it, and loved it. Then there have been books that had only gotten mediocre reviews that I really enjoyed. Bottom line: I decide for myself what I'm going to like, dislike, read, or ignore.