The Big Reveal

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?

 

J.A. Bennett
I write book reviews, but I don’t read them unless a friend of mine wrote it. However, I will glance at the star rating of a book occasionally, and that might affect my choice.

 

Stephanie Faris
I only write five-star, positive reviews. If I didn’t like a book, you won’t hear a word from me about it. I always read the Amazon sample of a book before purchasing it and if I don’t like the sample, I don’t read further. Life’s too short to read bad books. As for reading reviews, absolutely not. I prefer to form my own opinion about a book and reading reviews ruins that. I sometimes will read reviews after I’ve finished a book and the process is dizzying. For every person who hates a book, there’s someone who says it’s the best book she’s read all year. It’s all just personal opinion.

 
Tanya Reimer
I will write reviews for a book a really enjoyed. I love reading them after I read the book and already wrote my review… to see how others responded to the work, but it won’t change my opinion on a book, especially if I loved it.

 

Trisha Leaver
I do not read book reviews, although I am a sucker for a beautiful cover. Most of my book recs come from friends who know my taste in literature.

 

Danielle Bertrand
Sometimes to all. Once in a while, if I’m on the fence about a novel, I will go ahead and read the reviews. If the book gets lots of great reviews then I will read it, if not, well, I do not. Once I have read a book and absolutely LOVED it, I will write a little review about what made it worthy of my attention.

 

Jackie Felger
I skim book reviews here and there, just to see what others have to say, but reviews don’t affect whether I read a book or not. I’m not good at writing reviews; I’d rather rate them.

 

Do you read or write book reviews?

3 Responses

  1. I don’t read reviews of my own stuff, but I’ll sometimes skim reviews of others’ works. Generally, though, I trust my own judgement on whether to read something. And I almost prefer going in not knowing anyone else’s feelings about it.

    I do write reviews on my spooklights site.

  2. Great insights! It’s interesting to read what others say on the subject. I will sometimes get about a chapter into a book and say, “Does this suck or is it just me?” Then I’ll go check reviews and make sure it doesn’t get better in a chapter or two before I abandon it altogether.

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