Last Thursday I posted a poll about what makes you purchase a book all so I could gather some unscientific data for this very post. (Kudos to PK Hrezo who seemed to figure out at the get go where I was heading with this!)
First off, here are the results. Drum roll please! (and yes, the typo is still there!)
WHAT MAKES YOU CHOOSE A BOOK TO READ?
So, according to this, out of 17 votes, only 7 would choose a book based on a book review. Most fall into the blurb/recommendation from a friend. Surprisingly, the cover was the least likely thing to influence your choice. That surprised me a bit
But, the book review didn't. I know I have a tendency to skim through reviews on line as I either don't want to know too much about the book, or don't know the poster well enough to know if we have the same taste in books.
There was one review I read last year, that had an opposite than intended effect on me. The poster lamented how much they didn't care for the book that I went out and bought it, certain it couldn't be that bad (and it isn't. I haven't finished it yet, through no fault of the book, but am close to halfway and have enjoyed it so far.)
Have you ever bought a book because of a bad review and was it as bad as the reviewer said?