Friday, April 6, 2012

Follow Friday - Buying books because bad reviews?

Follow Friday is a feature created by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  It's a fun blog hop where you meet other book bloggers and find people to follow.
Question: Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?
Not that I can think of.  Most of the reviews I read are from my blogging or goodreads friends.  So it's people who's taste I know and respect.  That's something I like about following reviews and having friends on goodreads.  I get to know their reviewing style and what they like.  I can normally predict where our tastes diverge.

The real crux of this question is what constitutes a bad review.  I know some people consider 3 stars a bad review. I've read a TON of books that had 3 star reviews.  I've recommended books that I gave 3 stars to friends (friends who, as expected, loved them more than me).

To me a 1 or 2 star is a bad review.  I have never read a book based solely on a 1 or 2 star review.  There are so many books in the world. Why would I read a bad one?  Sometimes I have read books after reading a bad review, but those are always books I intended to read anyways.  And I never read books just for the lulz.  I've thought about it.  Then I think about the 250+ books on my to be read shelf.  Every time the potentially good books win.

I've read books after reading mediocre reviews.  Sometimes a friend will not like a book but as they describe it it sounds like a book that I would like.

What about everyone else? Have you read a book because of a bad review? 


Alishia said...

I have never read a book because it received a bad review.

That's a great point - what makes a bad review?

I think 1 or 2 stars equals a negative review.

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TC said...

Just hopping on by to say Hi. I have been tempted a couple of times to see if it's possible for a book to be as bad as a review has suggested but otherwise as you say why bother when there are so many with good and great reviews.

Pocketful of Books said...

I agree- a 3 star review is not as much a bad review as a 'meh' review! I get curious about books that have the majority 1 or 2 star reviews on goodreads- as of yet I haven't had enough money to bother buying them!

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Froggy said...

Hopping in to say Hi!
Thank you for following my blog! I already follow yours on Linky :)


Anonymous said...

If I'm on Goodreads, I usually buy books based on a review higher than 3.5 ... but that's just me. There are some I have on my shelf that have a lower rating than 2.5! Needless to say, I haven't read them yet. :)

But yeah, I want my books to be good, so I'm definitely not likely to buy a book based on a bad review ... there are just too many books in the world!

Jennifer said...

That's a great explanation especially about knowing review styles. Thanks for visiting!

Old follower.

Kelly said...

That's why I always take the time to read someone's rating scale, because people classify ratings differently.

I personally consider a 2-star review as one that I neither liked nor disliked - it just kind of sits in the realm of just being ok. I don't know if that necessarily classifies it as a "bad" review.

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Leah Marie said...

Agreed. I give books I like 3 stars all the time. To me that means it's worth a read--at least one read. I have read books, though, when I know other reviewers gave it 1 or 2 stars. Sometimes the review tips me off on something I know I'd like. For example, a 1 star review given because they person doesn't like science fiction, to me, means I'd like the book. If that makes any sense at all... heh.

Cherie Colyer said...

I've never read a book because of a bad review either. But like you, if I see a bad review on a book I planned on reading, I'll still read it and form my own opinion.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm already a follower.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Following back - pleased to meet you :)

And I know what you mean, there isn't enough time or money to read bad books!

mariska said...

Thanks for your comment on my FFF.
And it is a smart thing to do. Listening to your GR friends. I should do that more often. But I am stubborn and whant to see it for my self :D


Christina @ Biblio Thoughts said...

I base my decision on what the book is about and after reading decide whether I like it or not.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Following! :)

Flannery (The Readventurer) said...

3 stars is not a bad review, I agree. I won't read any books that have less than around a 3.3 or so on Goodreads. But I freaking love that site because, like you said, even when my friend's reviews are all over the place, I know what that will likely mean for ME as a reader. I don't think I've ever bought a book because of a "bad" review but I definitely buy them when people say they are super sad or really disturbing or (insert some other "most" here).

Mo said...

Hey there - first, thanks for swinging by my FF .

Second, I have to say you're right. There are a few bloggers and friends that I consider recommendations from them rather seriously and so would check out a book if I were asked to.

Happy reading! - Mo

Rea said...

I'm so late responding to this - sorry, crazy week! Thanks for stopping by my blog before.

I'm pretty much in the same boat as you. If I was already intending to read a certain book then I find some bad reviews of it, I will read the book inspite of the bad reviews and not because of them.

Unknown said...

I completely agree with you. Forming your own opinions make for a better read, I think!

Pooja. S said...

I've seen a couple of posts on 3 star reviews lately! I agree, a 3 star rating is definitely not bad. And some 3 star books have become 5 star ones for me. So really, they are either love-it-or-hate-it books or books with potential- and a few flaws. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm following you back :)

Mandroid said...

Yeah, I've seen people - especially authors - who go a little crazy at seeing 3 star reviews. To me 3 stars is the equivalent of "Yeah, I read it. I didn't hate, didn't love it." which isn't technically bad. It's more just ambivalence.

Thanks for stopping by WFTM!
Leslie @ Working for the Mandroid

Maeva said...

I totally agree with you about the rating. I consider 3 stars a good book--not memorable, not the kind of book that takes my breath away, but not bad at all!

Murphy's Library

Melissa said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Apologies for the delay in returning the favour, but I went away for the Easter weekend. Kind of nice to take a break from the computer sometimes!

I like your blog -- I'll be back to visit for sure! Are you still involved in Girl Scouts? I was involved in Guiding (Canadian Girl Scouts) for YEARS and have recently been considering getting involved again.

Anonymous said...

I agree with everything you said! I also have A TON of books to read, so why would I choose a book based on a bad review? I always prefer reading those that were liked by most people (in old releases).

Thanks for stopping by :)

veela-valoom said...

Melissa: I am actually currently employed by a Girl Scout council doing program/training. I actually made this blog when I was volunteering at Our Chalet in Switzerland but didn't really use it for that purpose.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by! Hopefully I'll see you on this FF!