— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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June 24, 2010

Booking through Thursday: Book Reviews

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!

Booking through Thursday is a weekly meme about books and reading, hosted here. The questions are always interesting!

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