I was chatting with my Capri-Sun loving, Cajun friend Kim a few weeks ago and we got to talking about a series of books she loves that pretty much everyone else in my universe does NOT love. I haven’t picked up these particular books because of the negative things I’ve heard about them and honestly, I probably never will. There are just too many great books waiting on my TBR pile. She was surprised by my confession and I was surprised by her surprise. Then my cat was surprised by my surprise by her surprise. And we all walked around like this: :O *shakes head at self* Anyway…
All of this surprise nonsense got me to thinking. We take POSITIVE book recommendations seriously, but do we take negative reviews seriously? Or do we have to read a book ourselves and find out if it really is bad? I fall into the camp of taking negative reviews seriously. Well, wait. Let me rephrase. I take negative reviews from legitimate sources seriously. Those people who post negative reviews on virtually every book they review on Goodreads? Yeah, I ignore them. But if my book besties say a book is bad, I’m probably not going to read it.
On the other hand, maybe I AM missing out on some great reads because I’m listening to those who didn’t like a particular book. Sometimes a book just doesn’t fit our current mood and sours our taste for it. And now I’m paying for their crappy day by missing out on the greatest book of the year. Great.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you take negative reviews from legitimate sources to heart and skip the book or read it anyway? Do you treat positive reviews the same way? Confess to us.