I’ve been reviewing a number of books lately and since my reviews are my opinions how I perceive the stories I’ve read got me procrastinating on a whole different aspect on reader reviews. I wondered about other readers’ book reviews (good vs. bad) posted on the web by lovers of the written language. In the process of doing so, two questions stood out in my thoughts.
1) Do readers buy books because reviews and ratings are five stars?
2) Do readers NOT buy books because of low ratings and poor reader reviews?
The above questions are open for answers by anyone who post reviews in their own words about what they think of a book they’ve read. I know each reader has his/her opinion on whether they’ve enjoyed a book or not. The thing is this. Some readers may read a particular genre and enjoy it more than others. Some readers may enjoy reading multiple genres whilst some readers read one genre whereas other readers may enjoy the same genres…so why the rambling you might ask?
Then here is my explanation or rather the questions regarding the explanation I wish to convey.
Would an avid reader of ONLY paranormal books be biased when they rate and review a medical romance poorly? Would an avid reader of ONLY contemporary romances be biased if they rate and review historical novels poorly? And the contradicting genres list can go on.
In my opinion, I think some reviewers have been harsh on authors. I’ve seen it, I’ve read it and I know so…because I’ve read the same books and enjoyed the story a lot. So would you, the reader, rate and post poor reviews on books in genres you DO NOT normally read because you did not like the book at all?
I’d love to hear your responses, so do stop by and leave your opinion in comments section.
Amanda Writes xxx