Welcome to the Big Reveal
I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds
of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at
all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will
have a new question for them.
Do you read or write book reviews?
Do they affect your decision on whether to read a book or not?
Lara Schiffbauer, Published Author
I have to admit, I do not read book reviews of books. I might peruse stars to see what the general impression is, but I still will decide for myself if I want to read a book. I write book reviews if I really like a book, but otherwise I don’t usually write reviews.
Chloe Banks, Agented Author
No, I almost never read reviews. I already have enough books I want to read without seeking out more! I do listen when people I know say they particularly liked a book, or if a book makes it into the media, but I don’t seek out reviews, or write them myself.
Valerie Cole, Agented Author
I read a lot of reviews because I love to know what other people thought of the books I’m reading or just read. I’m just starting to write book reviews on my blog (*shameless plug* http://valeriefm80.blogspot.com/), but I only write about the books I really like and want to recommend. I won’t post negative reviews.
Jay Bendt, Un-agented Author
I read book reviews (thank goodness for goodreads). I find that they’re good in helping me decide whether a book is up my alley or not — but more often than not I will read the book anyway. I like to be the judge of things myself when it comes to whether I’ll like a book or not, and although reviews are great, I always take them with a grain of salt.
Mark Koopmans, Un-agented Author
I don’t read many book reviews at all, so no, reviews don’t affect my decision.
Eileen Cook, Published Author
I will comment if there is a book that I really enjoy, but I don’t post negative reviews. It isn’t that I don’t think negative reviews are valid (people are entitled to like or dislike any book), but as a writer I choose not to criticize another writer publicly.
I do read reviews. There’s no way around the fact that bad reviews hurt. You’ve spent a lot of time and energy trying to write the best book you can, so it’s no fun to hear someone say they didn’t like it. When that happens I remember there are many books that I haven’t been crazy about that other people have loved. Books are a personal thing,what works for one person doesn’t work for someone else.
Kelley Lynn, Published Author
I write book reviews but honestly I don’t read them before I read a book. Usually the books I get are either from author’s I know or as gifts or come highly recommended from friends. So I never have to look at the reviews. After I review a book I’m always super curious to see what others had to say though.
Do you write reviews or read them when trying to decide on a book?