Monday, 15 June 2009

Discussion: Book Reviews


This is my first ever discussion post. It was just something that crossed my mind the other day and I felt like asking all of you bloggers. It may have already been covered but oh well.


So the main discussion point: Book Reviews.


What I want to know is:

What book reviews do you pay attention to?
Do you read reviews in papers/magazines? If so do you place their revies higher/lower/or the same as blogger reviews if you acknowledge them at all?
Do you trust certain bloggers opinions on a book more highly than others or do you just pay attention to the majority of bloggers' opinions?
If you had heard really negative reviews from lots of bloggers on a book and one positive review from a blogger, would you give the book a chance?

The reason this started is because I don't really ever pay attention to book reviews in papers. I don't tend to look at them and those I do see are usually for adults. I place bloggers opinions higher than newspapers because I feel I connect more with them and trust their opinions. I tend to look at the overall opinions rather than putting my trust in one blogger. However, if a blogger justifies their opinion well enough, I will give a book a shot that I have heard negative reviews about. However, it will probably be from the library if I can get a copy.

12 comments:

  1. What book reviews do you pay attention to?
    --mainly bloggers outside my circle of RL friends.
    Do you read reviews in papers/magazines? If so do you place their revies higher/lower/or the same as blogger reviews if you acknowledge them at all?
    --I don't read newspapers and the magazines I read don't have book reviews. I do on occasion watch BookTV on C-SPAN but not that often.
    Do you trust certain bloggers opinions on a book more highly than others or do you just pay attention to the majority of bloggers' opinions?
    --I tend to listen to bloggers who have a lot of book tastes in common with me. I have heeded others' opinions though.
    If you had heard really negative reviews from lots of bloggers on a book and one positive review from a blogger, would you give the book a chance?
    --If I was interested in the book to begin with then yes. Otherwise unless a friend hands it to me or I see it at a book sale or at the library its less likely I'll go near it.

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  2. I love reading all book reviews, from all over the place. I find book reviews fascinating but I rarely use them to decide what to read myself.

    My favourite books (lighthearted teen romances) are almost never reviewed anywhere except blogs, though - or not in the UK, at least. I'm supremely grateful to blogs for giving me a place to read about and discuss books I love!

    I don't think any number of negative reviews would ever put me off buying a book I want. I do respect the opinions of bloggers, but I'm also pretty stubborn. ;)

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  3. I usually catch up on the blogs of people I follow - they have pretty good taste :P and are trustworthy and honest (not to mention awesome reviewers!). However, if I see a review in a teen magazine (although it's usually only a couple of lines long) that sounds good, I listen to them too.

    If I follow you, I rate your opinion highly. If I see something that looks good, I might buy/borrow it anyway even if you guys say it's bad, because you never know. Everyone's different, and entitled to their own opinion, but overall I listen to the people that know best.

    The whole discussion thing is a great feature! Hope it turns weekly/regular! :)

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  4. I probably pay more attention to book reviews of bloggers, mostly because like you, the ones I see in papers are mostly adult.

    However, I've noticed to tend not to read reviews of books I haven't read. I'm not sure why, maybe I'm afraid it will ruin the suspense?

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  5. I like the reviews in BOOKMARKS magazine and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (sad that they reduced the coverage from 2 double page spreads to one). I pay attention to blog reviews and get most of my recs from them. There are a couple of reviewers that have very similiar taste to mine (Jen Robinson, Trish at Hey Lady Whatcha Readin'? and Reviewer X) so if they love or hate something, I know I probably will too.

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  6. Well this is interesting, the way I normally do it is find a book I find interesting and then search Google for a review by it - which means that I get a whole variety of blogs and other websites. Since joining blogger I have read other random reviews on blogs.
    I have seen reviews in papers and magazines but they ones I see are often just a couple of lines and don't really tell me anything. I listen to any reviews that are logical and make sense to me - so in other words if I could imagine myself saying the same - so that could be in any blog. It also decides whether I read the book or not, if the negative reviews didn't seem very persuasive I would just ignore them and read it anyway
    x

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  7. I will be back for this. Want to celebrate Sophie's b/d by me! Thanks for mentioning it :].

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  8. Okay :)
    Thanks everyone for giving your opinions. I was really interested to know what everyone else thought.

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  9. I agree with you about paying attention more to bloggers opinions than newspapers. I always look at those first and then the ones on amazon.com or goodreads. And I agree with Lenore--there are bloggers with similiar tastes as mine, so I look at those blogs a lot too.

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  10. Thanks for your opinion, it was really interesting to hear what everyone thought.

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  11. I wish papers and mags did have more teen review sections, but I think YA reviews are finally picking up in the UK. When I started, there were hardly any UK teen bloggers and the month I started, so did tons of others. Hopefully there'll be more reviews out there for people to find.

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  12. Thanks for letting me know what you think! I think there are more teen US bloggers than UK.

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