read book reviews….unless I’ve read the book. I abhor spoilers and enjoy going into a book without any preconceptions. Back in 2009 I was in a reading slump and preparing to read the Twilight series. A coworker was also reading the books and was already on Breaking Dawn. She would tell our cubicle room at large everything that was happening and had already happened in the book. Needless to say she gave away major plot points and ever since then I shy away from getting too much (really any) information about a book before I read it. I do have to say that it has affected the way that I review books and how I recommend books to people. I try my hardest to not give away any information that could be perceived as a spoiler.
I know that I would read more reviews if I were a pickier reader. I would use the reviews of those I trust to skip over the books that didn’t look to me spectacular. But I almost always like everything that I read. I enjoy some books more than others but there are few that I don’t like. This of course is another problem on it’s own. If I like most of the books that I read then it is harder to eliminate books which generally leads to a rather large and ridiculous TBR. It’s a vicious cycle! 🙂
I also retain a lot of information and I am always afraid that if I read a review before writing my own that the original reviewer’s thoughts will influence my own review. I would be mortified to find that something I had forgotten I had read ended up sneaking into something that I wrote. Plagiarism is not cool. A book blogger influencing an audience isn’t necessarily a bad thing because by reading reviews written by others we come across ideas we might not have thought of on our own. It makes for a great community!
I have harbored this secret for a long time and have to say that I feel ashamed of it. It is on my list of things to work on starting pretty much immediately. I have a few bloggers whose reviews I am going to start reading. I trust them and I’m hoping that I will eventually move past these feelings. I shouldn’t let one small instance ruin a whole experience.
Do you read reviews of books before you read the book or after? Do you like or dislike spoilers? I’m looking to expand my reading contacts. Do you have any bloggers that you would recommend? I really look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions on the matter!