Thursday, April 13, 2017

Reviews: Do They Effect What Books You Read?




Reviews: How much do they effect what books you read? Is there any reviewers that you always agree with and read the books they like or don't read the books they don't like? Are you entitled to give your thoughts about a book you've not read?


I have some reviewers that I take their opinion into consideration when it comes to helping me find books. Or if I've not heard much about a book reviews really help when deciding if I want to try it or not. But I follow no reviewer blindly as I hope you don't either. 

Though I am one of those people that if I read a review for a book that I'm looking forward to and the reviewer dislikes it. That won't stop me from reading it as it still sounds like a good book to me. I prefer to make up my mind when it comes to if I will read a book or not. Reviews do help me but in the end it's honestly more about if I find it interesting or not. 

As for giving an opinion on a book you've never read. To me it's not cool. I hate saying things aren't valid but in this case it's true. Your opinion on a book you've never read can't be valid. I mean that's logical sense to me. 

You can say why you don't want to read this book because you've heard it's blah, blah, or blah. That's fine and dandy. But, you can't go off giving your thoughts about these things that's said to be in this book because you've not read it. 


So what are your thoughts on this? Please let me know below as I'd love to start a great discussion with you awesome readers. 

14 comments:

  1. I totally agree on this post. I'm also very excited about books that are on my TBR and a person writes a good review about it :)..

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  2. OOh nice! I saw this title come up in my feed and I feel like I will be writing a similar post on my feelings. And I totally agree with you on pretty much all points! People who want to "review" a book they didn't read? Yeah, not cool. Not even possible! I mean it is, but I don't take those opinions into stock.

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    1. I don't blame you! I can't wait to see your post! Also yeah, not cool at all. Thanks <3

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  3. I completely agree with you! There are a couple people whose reviews I trust a lot, but just because a one or two people don't like a book doesn't mean that I won't read it. Unless every single review I see is bad, I'm usually not swayed too much by reviews. In fact, when I see that a book has mixed reviews, I sometimes want to read it more so that I can form my own opinion. I do understand why people do DNF reviews, but I usually don't take them into account unless they've read at least 80 percent. At that time, the reader has a good feeling about the book, but you never know what the last twenty percent can do. I guess I like reading DNF reviews because they are so fun to read. XD Great discussion post Carrie!

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    1. That's good! I agree with you. If it's more a mixed vibe of reviews, I want to read it more too and form my own opinion. Oh yeah, DNF reviews are still reviews as long as they put that they DNFed a book, I've done that myself actually. Sometimes I book is just not our thing.
      Thank you <3

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  4. I actually don't really choose not to read a book based on a reviewer's opinion. I'll take note of it, of course, but in general I try not to even read reviews on books that I haven't read yet and plan on reading. I'll skim it to gauge the reviewer's general opinion but otherwise, I try not to put too much stock into any opinion. I do like going back to reviews after I've read the book and seeing if I agree with the reviewer or not! Generally, I just try to remain completely unbiased and I try not to develop any expectations whatsoever. Awesome discussion, Carrie!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. That's the way to go! I do that too. After I read a book I seek out reviews to see if other people felt the same way I do. It's fun to compare notes if you will lol

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  5. Like you, I have a few people whose reviews I almost always agree with, so I trust them and often assume I'll enjoy the books they enjoy. Still, sometimes a book surprises me (positively or negatively). You can never take anyone else's opinions too much to heart because everyone experiences a book differently! And I totally agree that you shouldn't review books you haven't read.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Yes! That's so true, everyone does experiences a book differently and you won't always agree with them.
      Thank you for stopping by <3

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  6. Reviews only affect my decision to read if I read something really scathing or problematic. If I read for instance that the prose was laughable or that the book seemed like a plagiarized version of a different book, I probably wouldn't spend time reading it. But if the reviewer says other negative or positive things, I won't likely be swayed either way because I'm not guaranteed to value what the reviewer does or to share the same interpretation. They might love a character I would find annoying. --Krysta @ Pages Unbound

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    1. That's true! They might like characters you find annoying and they might not share the same interpretation. Great points!

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  7. I completely agree with everything you said here. It makes me sad when I see people say that reading a negative review will completely change their mind and make them not read a book. EVERY book has negative reviews. I usually read both negative and positive and middle ones before making a decision (if there are reviews available) in order to see WHY people liked it or disliked so that I can figure out if it suits MY taste or not. And if it's a book that really sounds super interesting to me, then chances are I'm going to read it no matter what.

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    1. Yes! I do the same thing! I will read the bad and the good and then make up my own mind about it. I don't just jump on the negative ones and take that to heart. Like you said, every book has bad reviews! Every single one. Great point!

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