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Old 06-13-2012, 06:27 AM
 
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Whether on Amazon, or wherever, I have to keep reminding myself that a 5-star review (even if it’s based on thousands of reviews) is not necessarily a 5-star book for ME.

You know when Amazon suggests books for you? Or when you’re just “window shopping” online to see what’s out there that may interest you? And you see one that ----- oh my God! 47,782 people can’t be wrong! This must be the best book EVER if they are ALL giving it 4 or 5 stars!!! I must read this book immediately! Or the world will fall apart! Maybe I should order several copies?!

And then I take a breath.

What I have to remind myself is this: Those 47,782 already like the horror or romance or sci-fi or whatever genre. It’s obviously a great book within that genre, for those people, because that’s the type of book that they already enjoy. But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to like it, especially if I don’t go for horror or romance or sci-fi or whatever.

Note to self: One reviewer’s trash is another reviewer’s treasure. And vice versa.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:45 AM
 
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Whether on Amazon, or wherever, I have to keep reminding myself that a 5-star review (even if it’s based on thousands of reviews) is not necessarily a 5-star book for ME.

You know when Amazon suggests books for you? Or when you’re just “window shopping” online to see what’s out there that may interest you? And you see one that ----- oh my God! 47,782 people can’t be wrong! This must be the best book EVER if they are ALL giving it 4 or 5 stars!!! I must read this book immediately! Or the world will fall apart! Maybe I should order several copies?!

And then I take a breath.

What I have to remind myself is this: Those 47,782 already like the horror or romance or sci-fi or whatever genre. It’s obviously a great book within that genre, for those people, because that’s the type of book that they already enjoy. But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to like it, especially if I don’t go for horror or romance or sci-fi or whatever.

Note to self: One reviewer’s trash is another reviewer’s treasure. And vice versa.

Very true! And must remember not to take it personally when other readers do not (gasp!) agree with me. Just because someone actually liked Into The Woods does not make them a dribbling idiot .
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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Very true! And must remember not to take it personally when other readers do not (gasp!) agree with me. Just because someone actually liked Into The Woods does not make them a dribbling idiot .
LOL!!!! Would you like me if I told you that I never even heard of that book?
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:58 AM
 
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LOL!!!! Would you like me if I told you that I never even heard of that book?
Congratulations!
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:15 AM
 
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Also keep in mind that the "top sellers" aren't necesarily good books (see the top 4 on Amazon today--ugh).

I'm not really a band-wagon jumper with much of anything (I never watched American Idol, I could not pick Justin Bieber out of a line-up, etc) so don't get taken in by top sellers or things that a bunch of drones gave 5 stars to.

And I am careful with whose reviews of books I trust. For example, Oprah: about 50/50 with me. DandJ: 100% spot-on so far!
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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Also keep in mind that the "top sellers" aren't necesarily good books (see the top 4 on Amazon today--ugh).

I'm not really a band-wagon jumper with much of anything (I never watched American Idol, I could not pick Justin Bieber out of a line-up, etc) so don't get taken in by top sellers or things that a bunch of drones gave 5 stars to.

And I am careful with whose reviews of books I trust. For example, Oprah: about 50/50 with me. DandJ: 100% spot-on so far!
Oh! When I see "best seller" I usually just turn away and look for another book. I find that most best sellers are duds, at least for me. "Popular" does not usually equal "good" in my books (no pun intended).

Thanks! I hope to keep my perfect record for you!
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:05 AM
 
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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.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:13 AM
 
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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.
Exactly! There are a select few reviewers that I trust. The New York Times definitely leads the list of them.

Random readers who post reviews on Amazon? I don't care what they have to say.

Nor do I care what People magazine, Glamour magazine, or some dinky local newspaper says.

But worse than those are the other authors who have their "fabulous book!!!!" blurbs posted on the back of someone else's book. They say that because they're friends with the author. It's ridiculous, really.
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:05 PM
 
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Exactly! There are a select few reviewers that I trust. The New York Times definitely leads the list of them.

Random readers who post reviews on Amazon? I don't care what they have to say.

Nor do I care what People magazine, Glamour magazine, or some dinky local newspaper says.

But worse than those are the other authors who have their "fabulous book!!!!" blurbs posted on the back of someone else's book. They say that because they're friends with the author. It's ridiculous, really.
It's really sad when you don't even recognize the names and you know the other authors are just in their writing group or something.

I try to stick to big newspaper reviews and other literary reviews but even then I don't always agree.

As far as Amazon reviews go, I read the 5-star and the 1-star. If the 1-star people sound like people I might like, I figure I won't like the book. If they sound like people I wouldn't like, I might give the book a try. As I posted recently, I loved The Passage by Justin Cronin. When I read its 1-star reviews I thought the people just sounded sort of stupid and like they couldn't put in the effort to figure out what was going on later in the book.
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:43 PM
 
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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.
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