I don’t know about you but I look at 3 reviews (unless cover love is involved)before I know whether or not I want to read the book. The first review is from someone I know in the book community that has similar taste to me. I mean what better way to know if you’re actually going to buy or read a book than from someone you trust?
The second review I look at is a 3 star review because this is a middle of the road type of review. It tells you the good and the bad about the book. For me personally, I like to know what were some of the bad things that take place within the book. Whether it was riddled with clichés or stereotypes or if the writing isn’t up to par with want I’m used to. These are points I like to take into consideration when I’m about to purchase or borrow a book from the library.
The last review is a 2 review. This is where I get all the bad that is wrong with a book and I can weight it against all the good that I heard about said book. Now if the good out weights the bad than I’ll give the book a shot but if the bad out weights the good then it’s a no for me. Especially if it’s a genre that I really don’t fuck with—romance, contemporary…etc.
Now let me be clear if the author is a problem or has said so pretty fucked up things then I’m not going to support you or buy your books.
As for the rest, I don’t look at 5 star reviews or 1 star reviews. Nine times out of 10 the five star reviews are bullshit. It’s either someone that really loves the author and is part of the fandom and repeatedly gives any books written by said author a 5 stars or the review is by another author so that automatically disqualifies what you have to say in my opinion. It’ rare to see a 5 star review that is genuine—so I pretty much leave those alone.
With the 1 star reviews I don’t bother to look at those because most often than not these types of reviews are hate reviews. What I mean by that is people that gives these sort of reviews hates or dislike the author for whatever reason or just want to be assholes and give a bad rating without reading the book. This very common on Goodreads. Yeah there are 1 stars that are honest about what is was that made them dislike the book in a way that deserved this rating but I don’t have time to shuffle through the junk reviews to fight them.
So that’s why I keep to a 3 Reviews minimum. I’ve been reading enough in my life to know whether a book is something that I want to read or not. Besides, I’m done with wasting my time on shitty books or books that never really captured my interest in the first place.
Well there you have it. My rambling thoughts.Do you have a minimum of reviews you look at or do you go into a book blind (sometimes I do but not all the time)? If so I would love to see what you have to said in the comments below.
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