Some Books I've Read

Romance Novel Junkies's bookshelf: read

Tempted by Her Innocent Kiss
Diamond Dreams
The Felig Chronicles
The Felig Chronicles
In Dreams
Desire's Race to Love
Wicked Weekend
Reality, Dreams and Nightmares
Fillies and Females
A Breach of Promise
Bound By Pleasure: Live on Stage
Keep Me Safe
Demons and Angels
Winter Warmer - A (Getting) Biblical Tale
Shrouded in Darkness
Valentine Submission
Blood Rage

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

What some readers think sometimes when looking at a reader's reviews

 Dear Diary,

This is my opinion and its what I and  some readers do. When we come across a book that is by an author we know and like, sometimes we automatically  buy the book and read it. Then we write and look at other readers' reviews and agree or disagree.

If it's a book by an author we don't know, there are no reviews and the preview for the book seems ok, we either  add the book to our wish list and wait till someone has an opinion or some of us will take a chance and buy the book. But let's be real, sometimes readers don't like doing that because they may feel like they wasted their money on a book they don't like  by someone they don't know and tends to may not want to try another book by the author but this is only sometimes.

If it's a book by an author we don't know and it has reviews, we tend to investigate the reviews to see what the reader is about. I know when I'm on Amazon or Goodreads and I'm thinking of buying a book from an author I don't know, I immediately go to the reviews. Of course I look at the negative and positive reviews.
***For the positives, I would click on the reviewer's (see all my reviews list). If I see that this person has a set amount of reviews which for me could be more than 10 or 20 reviews within the past couple of weeks then I will surely consider what they said.  Seeing this  I know I can trust their opinions on the book they are reviewing. This could also work for me for the negative reviews sometimes. But to make it be known when a person only has 3 reviews within the past months or year, no good the review seems fake.

***For the negative reviews, I try to not let that sway me a lot. I do do the same process as I would the positive reviews. When it comes to the negatives and I'm seeing constant negatives, I'm not able to trust that person. Why keep reading the same books over and over that is not to your liking just so you can  leave constant negativity.

I would say this to authors, which I'm no expert, just saying. When you do pick a reviewer to read your work, make sure that reader has a certain amount of reviews to be taken seriously. Readers don't just look at the 5 or 4 star reviews of that reviewer, they look at more. Also use someone that just doesn't use 2 or 3 sentences saying and writing I loved it and thought it was great! Sometimes you want to know why it was great. You would be surprise the difference reviews make in purchasing a book.

1 comment:

Kim said...

Very good points. For authors new to me that were not recommended I always check out the reviews first. If I see a lot of 1-3 star reviews I'll just skip it all together. I like to see a lot of 3-5 star review with a lot of depth. I also question the credibility of a reviewer who constantly only leaves 5 star reviews, or constantly leaves really low star reviews. Sometimes I just like to form my own opinion, and will read a book despite the reviews.