How much do reviews (good and bad) affect your choice of reading? If you see a bad review of a book you wanted to read, do you still read it? If you see a good review of a book you’re sure you won’t like, do you change your mind and give the book a try?
Good question. I'd like to say that reviews do not affect my choice of reading either way but I wouldn't be truthful if I did because, to a degree, they do. For instance, if a book that I was looking forward to reading (Shadow Music) has more negative reviews than good ones then I most likely will not go out and get the book, where if it has good reviews, I will.
If I see only a few good reviews for I book I'm sure I won't like then I probably won't purchase the book but if the book gets overwhelming positive reviews (The Spymaster's Lady), then I will certainly give it a try.
Now, there have been times where I read a book that got so-so reviews and loved it and times where a book received glowing reviews and hated it. So since reviews are a crap shoot for me, I try not to rely too much on what others think and go with my gut feeling. Or read a few pages through the book to see if I like what I what the book has to offer before purchasing.
So while I do not rely solely on book reviews, they do-in some ways-help color my opinion of a book prior to reading.