… or what is it that compels you to read a review of a book?
So bloggers have written at length about whether or not a book blog needs to feature reviews. Some say yes, some say no, and personally, one of the main reasons I started blogging was to share my thoughts on the books that I read. What I want to know is, why do you read reviews? And if you tend to avoid reading reviews, why?
I love reading about the reasons why someone liked a book, and the reasons why they didn’t, and to see whether or not I agree. But that’s the thing. I rarely read reviews of books I haven’t already read. Occasionally, when I am really on the fence about reading a particular book, I’ll skim through to the end of a review (in an effort to avoid spoilers or in depth discussion) just to see what that particular blogger thought over all to see if it’s worth reading.
Another problem I have with reviews, is that a lot of the time my interests don’t sync up with those books currently being reviewed in the book blogging community. This means I often find myself scrolling past post after post of what I’m sure are fantastic reviews and discussions of books that I am simply uninterested in reading. And on top of this, I become frustrated when I see the same books being reviewed all around the same time. Where I might have read a review by a particular blogger, I will avoid it in those situations because I’ve already read two or three reviews of that book in the past week.
And then there is the case of blogger reviews vs professional reviews. Is there a difference? Will you read one over the other? I don’t go out of my way to read published reviews, but I’ll read them if they’re there. I find I don’t enjoy them as much as blogger reviews though, and I think it’s because of the limited word count and the focus on presenting the book in a critical light rather than being able to write whatever comes to mind and to be excited about it. I also feel that I can trust a blogger review more because I know their taste in books and how they have rated other books in the past.
I enjoy writing reviews, and it makes me sad that perhaps not everyone enjoys reading them. I have my own reasons for avoiding reading certain reviews, but now it’s over to you. What compels you to read a review?