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 don’t get me excited. I prefer to read them after I’ve read a book, to see how my experience matched up with someone else.
I’m much more swayed by reader recommendations. If you like the same books I do, then what you have to say about a book will hold a lot of weight.
Also, the last few years I’ve read a lot of manuscripts in advance of publication, thanks to my job, so the reviews come too late.
In general, I either want to read something or I don’t. A positive review of a new book by an author I don’t care for (say, Philip Roth) won’t change my mind.