Personally, reviews are consistently my least viewed posts. (Admittedly I am awful at promoting them on Twitter.) I've heard the same from a lot of people over the years. And I'm sure there are a ton of other discussion posts on why that is that I haven't seen, but I really am curious: why? If you don't read reviews too often, why is that?
I've heard from some people that they just don't want to go in with any expectations one way or the other, which totally makes sense. The fear of the hype. Or that they don't want to see any spoilers, which also makes sense! Sometimes I actually hunt down spoilers for some books. Oops. I also like reviews because they help give me a bigger picture of the plot than what the blurb does.
And I will admit that there have been a ton of books I've been super excited for that I completely gave up on after reading a few reviews. (Ivory and Bone is one of the more recent ones.) But for me, that's okay! I like that! Because it saves me time. I don't like feeling like I've wasted time (or money or space) on a book because I don't read as fast as I used to or have as much time as I used to and I get stressed out a lot more than I used to and BASICALLY REVIEWS ARE VERY USEFUL FOR ME.
And the thing is, reviews are probably the posts I write the most of. It's why I'm here. I've posted before about how I really struggle to come up with creative posts for my blog, and so reviews have become kind of a fallback for me. I'm not creative with them, either, but I'm accomplishing something when I express my thoughts. (Of course, I procrastinate them until I don't even know what's going on anymore but I'M WORKING ON IT, I SWEAR.)
Reviews are also what I read the most of. Sometimes it's hard for me to write up my opinions on discussion posts in a more coherent manner, but reviews? Those comments are easy-peasy. And there usually aren't a ton of comments on them unless it's a super popular blog so I WANT TO PUT ONE THERE. And as I previously stated: I like reading reviews! They genuinely help me and I also like to see what other people have to say about my favorite books (or even better - what they have to say about books I totally hated.)
And of course, there seem to be tons of people who mainly read reviews from their favorite blogs, the people they know they have the same tastes as. Which makes so much sense! And is honestly something I could and should probably do more of, but I don't even know whose tastes align almost perfectly with mine. I guess I just haven't found that person yet like it seems many of the people I follow on Twitter have.
There's a few things that ruin a book for me immediately more than 75% of the time. Those things aren't often written in the blurbs, but I find out when I read reviews. Basically: they save me time. I think a lot of people don't like to dismiss books as easily as I do. And I do - I dismiss books very easily. And I definitely regret it sometimes and feel guilty, because why am I letting one little thing stop me from reading a book? But I do, and in the grand scheme of things no one really cares so WHATEVER.
They also help me discover new blogs! Reviews are one of the first things I read to find out if we have the same tastes.
But what I really want to know is: how often do you read reviews? Are there certain kinds of books you do and don't read reviews for, or certain blogs you always seek out for reviews? (I'm sorry. I rambled too much, didn't I?)