Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Do popular reviews influence a person's opinion of a book?

I've decided to put a poll up on my blog (see the top left sidebar) to answer a question I've been wondering about for some time.

Does reading popular reviews influence your overall opinion of a book?

This question has been in my mind for years, in fact. This is because I read raving reviews about a book that I won't mention, and then when I picked it up and started reading I felt like it wasn't very good. Ever since then, I've wondered if maybe my expectations were too high, and that's why I was disappointed. I wonder if I were to pick it up again and read it again with a fresh mind, if maybe I would think differently and enjoy it more.

So the purpose of that poll is to see if anybody else experiences the same thing when they've heard awesome reviews, or even negative reviews for that matter. So please answer the poll and if you have any thoughts feel free to comment on this post, because I would love to hear what everyone thinks!


1 comment:

  1. Just today I described a book as "as good as I anticipated that it would be, but not better, so in the end I was disappointed." I think more than popular or general reviews there are a few reviewers whose words mean lot to me, but I don't always agree with their choices - but I love having conversations with people (online and in person) who have different opinions about books.