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I’ll read reviews for a book that is new to me or that I’m unsure about before starting. After I’ve made the plunge, I normally steer away from reading reviews while I’m reading the book so that I can make up my own mind. If I’m planning on writing a review, I also steer away from reviews until I’ve read the book and written my own thoughts down.
I usually read reviews before purchasing the book. It’s not the rating that is important to me, but I like to read insights that will help me decide wether it’s my kind of book or not.
Hmm, that’s kinda tricky. I enjoy following allow with friends ‘journey’ of the book and typically base my decesion on adding it to my tbr list/wish list from their experience while reading. Actual reviews I save until after I’ve read the book. Mainly because I don’t want to be swayed or predisposed to thoughts before I write a review. But I tend to gravitate to friends or reviewers that have the same book palate as I do when buying a book. Especially new-to-me authors or newly released books. I know who to trust to give in to my one-click purchasing impulses…most of the time. But, surprises are to be expected, both good and bad.
I rarely read reviews before I read a book. When I’ve finished, and then written my own review, I’ll then go back and read everyone else’s…so I can discuss thoughts with other readers. I’ve had too many books spoilered for me by reading reviews beforehand. If, however, I’m uncertain if I can handle a book, most specifically w/ the angst level, I may skim a few reviews of trusted friends.