Posted by Izzy G. on Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sometimes it might be as simple as making me more excited to read a book. For example, I haven't read TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE) by Sarah Mylnowski yet, but this morning, I read what feels like a billion raving reviews for it, so now I'm pumped to get it from the library and tear my way through it.
On the other side, there have been times when I've removed a book from my to-read list because of a slew of bad reviews, or times when I kept it because I still felt that the summary was interesting, but I wasn't exactly eager to start it. It's times like these when I think about the huge impact that bloggers and reviewers can have on readers.
I've picked up certain books I initially decided to pass on just because its cover is plastered everywhere. When review after review raves about it, it's hard to resist. Of course, with all the hype, there are always a bunch of reviews that say something along the lines of, "Despite all the hype..." or "I just had too high expectations..."
So my question to you guys is, what do you think about the reviewer-reader relationship? How much do reviews affect your perception and experience of reading books? What about hype?