Good day all!
I have been pondering something for a while and I thought best to put my thoughts out there on the blogosphere.
If you are reading this post, chances are you are as avid a bookworm as I am. And, if that is the case, then surely you too are a member of Goodreads, the social network for bookish folk.
I have dabbled on and off with Goodreads since 2010 or thereabouts. At first, it was really great to see what others were reading and to get unfiltered reviews on books. I used to look up every book religiously before reading it ad found myself agreeing with most reviewers, whether positive or negative.
And that fact right there became a problem.
As a reviewer myself, I try to keep my opinions my own. How could I possibly do that when I already have a preconceived idea of a book? If I read reviews complaining of a bitchy main character or a flat, boring love triangle, that would be all I noticed with that particular book.
So now I completely avoid Goodreads if there is a particular book that has caught my eye. I feel that people often write scathing reviews because they can and they fail to understand that their tastes are not mine. Also, who really wants to read a book and pick it apart line by line? Does that simple fact kill the enjoyment of it anyway?
What are your thoughts on this? Are reviews a good or a bad thing? (As someone who runs a book review blog, I really want to know!)