Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.
So today’s topic is-
For me, yes it does.
But let’s talk from the beginning. I love reading reviews. Well, it’s one of the most important reason why I started a blog of my own. Well that and sharing my own opinion as well. So, usually I check out the ratings and reviews on Goodreads before buying a book.
As we all know there are two kinds of reviews- positive and negative. They both affect us in different ways.
1. The book has low rating or has lots of negative reviews-
After I discovered Goodreads, I always check out a few non-spoilery reviews and the overall rating of the book if I want to read a book or buy it. But if that book has received a lot of negative reviews, then it kind of makes me question if I would be able to enjoy that book or not which brings me to my next point.
2. Positive reviews raise our expectations-
If the alternate happens, i.e. if a book has received a lot of positive reviews. Usually that increases the hype and raises our expectations about that particular book. But what if we end up disliking it? Then it feels like the disappointment is kind of double.
3. Review of my trusted blogger friends matters-
There are a few bloggers in the blogosphere whose opinions I trust and also because we have similar taste in books. So, I’m lucky if that person has read that book by any chance because their opinions matter a lot to me. If their review is positive then I don’t hesitate as I know there only a slight chance that I might not like it but if their opinion is negative then that book goes down in my tbr.
4. If I already Have the book-
Because of all above stated reasons I usually try not to read reviews if I already have the book, i.e. I bought it or borrowed it without reading any reviews. Because every book has some negative reviews and reading them makes me discourage to read that book so I tend to avoid reading them at all. But I do read them after I have finished reading that book.
5. If it’s an author I love I am going to read it anyway-
There are of course exceptions! If it’s one of my favourite author, then nothing can stop me from reading that book. That’s a fact. I think a lot of you will agree with me here. 🙂
Which leads us to our conclusion-
Ultimately, it depends on you because you are your best judge!
Sometimes if a book has a lot of negative reviews and despite that I still go for it, I may be disappointed but I might just be surprised as well, in a good way.
So yeah, my advice is trust your instincts and go for it of you really wanna read that book!
What do you guys think? ’m dying to know your opinion about today’s topic! Share your thoughts with me!
I hosted a giveaway in celebration of my one year blogiversary!
Today I finally chose the winners, well rafflecopter chose actually. 😛 So the winners are-
Gennifer Eccles and Marie Voinson.
Congratulatins to both of you! I’ll be emailing you both about your prizes very soon!