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?
I don’t usually worry about reading book reviews unless I’m on the fence about whether to buy a particular book. If there are more terrible reviews than good reviews, then I won’t read it. I write book reviews very occasionally – I’m not very good at it though!
I write reviews on my spooklights site and occasionally on Amazon. And when I’m looking for something to read, I might glance at the reviews and/or star rating. But when choosing a book, for me it’s usually more about whether the story sounds interesting, and then I glance at a couple pages to see what the writing is like. That makes me decide more than reviews. Of course, sometimes I read books because I’ve been asked to review them.
I don’t read reviews before I read a book, but I sometimes will afterward. And I do write reviews, but only of books I enjoyed. Otherwise I just keep my mouth shut. (Online anyway.)
I’ve resisted writing reviews until just recently because as a writer, I didn’t want them to come back and bite me, but I know how much reviews help writers so I finally caved. Though I admit, I’ll only write nice reviews or none at all. I don’t let reviews stop me from reading a book, but it may affect where that book falls in my TBR pile. For example, it may be awhile before I get to Allegiant.
I read book reviews and they most definitely help me decide whether or not to read a book. Bad or good review doesn’t matter. Either way helps me know if the content is going to be to my taste or not. I rarely write them though cause I’m a slacker like that.
Julie Sondra Decker
I definitely read and write book reviews! (I’m working on getting all of mine onto Goodreads.) Reviewing a book helps me understand more about writing; if I can explain what I like and don’t like, I can learn about how to be more effective in my own work. I also enjoy reading what other people think of certain books, both to understand their taste and to figure out whether I would like a book. Sometimes a book blurb will get me excited and then I’ll see many people I trust giving it lukewarm reviews, so I’ll pass, and sometimes when a book doesn’t appeal to me but my friends are very excited about it, I’ll try it out (and I’m usually glad I did!).
I read and write book reviews. Only on some occasions have I not read a book because of poor reviews. Otherwise, I dive right in.
Do you read or write reviews?