Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Reading Reviews: A Confession

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
If you write a review for a sequel I'm planning to read, I'm not going to read your review.*

You could be my absolute favorite blogger in the entire blogging universe who writes better reviews than anyone ever, and I still won't read it. Basically, this is your classic "It's not you, it's me" situation.

Why?


Well, it's a pretty simple answer, actually: I'm not going to read your review because I want to go in with an untainted mindset. If I'm reading a sequel that means I really liked the first book. This means high hopes and expectations that I don't want to become too inflated or deflated by reading a review. I want my opinions about the book to be my own, instead of influenced by someone else's.

I want it to be the ideal, unspoiled reading experience.

*But there is an exception...


...which is I didn't like the first book THAT much.

It was one of those meh books. Worthy of 3 stars, maybe a little less, but the series shows potential. Do I want to spend the time reading the next one? Well, I guess I'll have to see what one of my favorite blogs thought to find out.

**Also (and yes, I know I'm really not using this asterisk thing right, but bear with me anyway), I will read reviews for the sequels after I finish them because I'll be interested to see if we felt the same way about a book. And I like talking to people about books (in case you haven't noticed).

Do you read reviews of sequels?

13 comments:

  1. I tend to not read reviews of books I haven't read in general for much of the same reasons you don't read reviews for sequels. I want to read a book with a completely open mind, and I typically don't like reading reviews. BUT just like you said, I DO tend to reviews after I've finished a book. Oftentimes, it'll be on Goodreads because it's a bit older (the book). I like to read/skim read reviews before I write my own reviews. Many times, other bloggers are able to formulate their thoughts better. Sometimes, I'm a little stuck with how I felt. Sometimes, other peoples' reviews give me new insight that I then take into consideration (though my opinions obviously still outweigh them) when reviewing or discussing the book.

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    1. I understand wanting to go in with an open mind.

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  2. I generally skim those reviews, just enough so I can get an idea if they liked it and leave a little comment, though I do understand bypassing those reviews altogether.

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    1. Yeah, I do that sometimes, if I know a blogger has similar tastes.

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  3. I'm pretty much the same with sequels. I like to form my own opinion, and I only check those reviews out when I've finished the book myself (and wrote the review!).
    The exception being the books that, like you said, that if the first book in the series was a book I didn't dislike but didn't love either.
    Great post topic :)

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    1. Yeah, I try to write the review before I read others' reviews, too!

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  4. First off, this is a fabulous discussion topic! I'm like you - I don' read reviews of sequels I'm positive I'm going to read just because I don't want to accidentally read any spoilers. But if the book was kind of a "meh" read for me, I definitely read reviews on the sequel to see if it sounds like a series I should continue or not. Thanks for sharing Sara!

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    1. Oof, spoilers are the WORST. When I first started blogging, I read one or two reviews of sequels that alluded to the ending in a way that completely spoiled it.

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  5. I don't really read reviews of sequels, but I do skim (like skim skim skim to the bottom post) and look at the overall impression the reviewer have and also the rating. I am so scared and traumatized by spoilers popping out on the middle of a review :<

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    1. Hate spoilers!! Looking at the rating is safe, but even then I don't want to know if they didn't like it because I'll start looking for reasons why.

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  6. Wow I actually never thought about it. But now that you bring it up, I'm going to try to make a conscience effort to avoid them. There's more bad than good that can come out of it. I remember once I was looking for any information for the last book in the series because I was so desperate to find out what happened and accidentally came across a spoiler. I don't think the blogger realized it was a spoiler or else she would've mentioned it earlier, but I definitely felt like it was (because it totally wasn't common knowledge). It totally messed with my reading experience even though I loved the book.

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    1. Oof that *stinks* about the spoiler!

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  7. I totally agree with you on that! It blows when you stumble across a spoiler for the last book (Divergent) which happened to me. I kept convincing myself that it was a joke, but it really wasn't. Couldn't keep up the surprised factor.

    -Jay
    http://booksbyj.blogspot.com/

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