I was considering downloading an egalley the other day. The synopsis sounded great but pretty weird and I just wasn't sure if it was something I wanted to read or not, so I went to GoodReads to check out some reviews.
There was a few one star reviews and a few five star reviews.
Honestly, those are the ones I avoid.
I feel like if someone is more concerned with the names of their shelves on Good Reads or how many gifs they put in their reviews then they aren't as concerned with the review (or book).
I look for the two, three and four star reviews. The ones that tell me what they liked or didn't. I know this is a huge argument because people think that negative reviews are just as important as positive reviews. And i do believe critical reviews are just as important.
Here's what I don't get about negative reviews--if you truly didn't like a book why did you finish it?
If I am not enjoying a book--connecting with it within the first 50 to 100 pages I just don't finish it. There are too many others out there that I want to read. I also don't waste my time reviewing it, or even explaining why I didn't finish it. Yes, part of this it out of respect for the author, but mostly it's because I am really busy.
I do finish some books I don't love but really, why waste your time reading, then reviewing a book you hated?
Ultimately I am suspicious of a glowing review (unless it's someone I trust a bit more) and a bashing review.
Also, I am very picky about who I friend on GoodReads and whose friend requests I accept. If someone has more friends on there than books, that is a big no for me!
How useful or valuable do you find Good Reads and Amazon reviews?