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Old 06-13-2012, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I take best sellers with a grain of salt. If it's something like The Hunger Games series, which is on a topic I always find fascinating (dystopian societies) I'll give it a try. Twilight, 50 Shades, Killing Lincoln, etc no thanks.
One thing (of many) I do appreciate about amazon is they do tend to know my preferences.

I read almost every genre there is and I pay close attention to what Dawn, Netwit, Marlow and Jess5, plus others, say about books they are reading. Easily more than 50% of the books I have read since joining CD are books that are discussed in this forum.

One person wrote of a book about a dystopian world where people lived on huge floating machines. Entire towns lived on these things and the machines floated around looking for other machines they could "eat." By "eat" I mean absorb. Well, I laughed at that idea but I read the book anyway and it was actually very good.

I read nearly all the time. No lie. This is particularly true since I retired 5 years ago and a value the opinions of so many of you that I get excited when a new book is mentioned.

Thank you all for that.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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This is why I read professional reviews - like in the New York Times book review - which at least are broad and coherent, rather than opinions from random people.

Except if you are talking books in the nonfiction/ current affairs realm. Then you need to take into consideration the NY Times' extremely biased political opinions. For fiction, I'm right there with you.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Ketabcha! I'm sorry! I didn't mean YOUR reviews in YOUR newspaper!
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:50 PM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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As far as Amazon reviews go, I read the 5-star and the 1-star.
I tend to ignore 5-star and 1-star reviews and read the in between reviews. The one-stars tend to say "This book is junk!" which isn't helpful, even when I sort of agree (for instance, IMO, "Twilight" is badly written junk).

Also remember that people use the ratings system differently - 5 stars may mean "yeah, I liked this book, I thought it was overall pretty good" or it may mean "this is the best thing ever written." 1 star may mean it's a very bad book on all counts or that it was the type of book that the reviewer didn't like and isn't a bad book per se.

I also tend to check the reviewers - how many reviews does this person have? What other books have they reviewed and have they reviewed a book that I've already read?

There are a couple of other places (GoodReads, for instance), that I browse looking for something new.

I do like Amazon reviews, though - it really isn't that hard to see when the reviews have been gamed and I frequently find reviews that are helpful.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:57 PM
 
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I don't read reviews in general. Sometimes I don't even read a full post here on books I may be interested in. I choose the books I read based on the description of the book on the cover of the book. Although, I will admit I've selected books based on Dawn's advice.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:57 PM
 
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I used to actually like the reviews in "Book" magazine, which I think was published by Barnes & Noble. I don't think the magazine exists anymore, but I picked so many little-known books because of reviews in that magazine that turned out to be really excellent. "Book" didn't focus on any one genre, and it didn't spend too much time on famous best-sellers. The reviews even got me out of my usual comforts zones and trying books that belonged to genres I'd thought I had no interest in. Do any of you know of a similar magazine, either online or paper-based?

My to-be-read pile is already high, but I'm always looking for more good sources of recommendations.
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I don't read reviews in general. Sometimes I don't even read a full post here on books I may be interested in. I choose the books I read based on the description of the book on the cover of the book. Although, I will admit I've selected books based on Dawn's advice.
Thanks! Nothing like a little pressure to make sure that I keep doing good work!
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Ketabcha! I'm sorry! I didn't mean YOUR reviews in YOUR newspaper!
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I know that, silly rabbit.
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I pay a limited amount of attention to Amazon reviews and a lot of attention to NYT etc book reviews. What I'll do if there's a book on Amazon with good or mixed reviews, is google "real" reviews. That's a bit of help in sorting out the trashy books.

I do tend to avoid the bestsellers, at least until the frenzy dies down. I don't know why I do that but I do. And sometimes later I'll pick up a bestseller and look at it to see if I might be interested.
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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Thanks! Nothing like a little pressure to make sure that I keep doing good work!
No pressure - you're doing an excellent job, and while it may seem like you are perfect, I'm willing to accept the possiblity that you are not.
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