Do you read book reviews? Do you let them change your mind about reading/not reading a particular book?
I think I most often read them to find books that I'd like to read., not for their critical content. I'm not sure that a good review has ever encouraged me to read a book that wouldn't normally interest me, or that a bad review has kept me from reading a book that I planned to read anyway. Most often, I discover a book that I've never heard of, or that a favorite author has written another book. So I think I read book reviews to find out about plot, characters or subject, more than to be swayed by another reader's reaction. To me, reading for pleasure is an intensely subjective experience...a book that one person hates can charm and captivate me, and I'm sure the opposite applies as frequently!
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