Tell Me Something Tuesday with Elena: Decisions, Decisions…

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell  Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This week’s question:

Do you hesitate to read a book by your favorite author when it gets bad or lackluster reviews?

My answer to this question is No. In general, I don’t get deterred by bad reviews, not only when it comes to a book by a favorite author of mine, but also when I pick up books by authors that are new to me. Sure, I may start reading them with a critical eye, but then I like making up my own mind. I’m the kind of person that likes experiencing things first hand. I like going to the source myself and see how things really look like. And this is my attitude also towards books.

Furthermore, reviews are subjective in their very nature. I may love a book that someone else hates or can’t even stand, and that’s the beauty of literature, I believe. There’s no “you have to like this” condition; on the contrary people can say their opinion and offer their own interpretation.

So when a favorite author of mine releases a book and it gets bad reviews on Goodreads or Amazon, I will pick it up nonetheless. I will read it and then I’ll say my opinion of it. It doesn’t mean I’ll necessarily like it, just because it’s written by a favorite author. Once finished, I may agree with the other bad reviews, but at least I was able to experience the book myself, before saying my thoughts on it. That’s my philosophy 🙂

What about you? Do you pass on a book by your favorite author, when it receives bad reviews?

-Elena

About Elena

Literature is my passion. I love reading so much that I spend countless hours in bookstores and libraries. I have a soft spot for poetry and art. I like traveling and discovering new places. I can't do without a book.

8 thoughts on “Tell Me Something Tuesday with Elena: Decisions, Decisions…

  1. Jenny Flohre says:

    Nope, never. Generally, if I hear a new book is coming out by one of my favorites, Laura Kaye, Kristen Ashley, Johanna Lindsay, Sylvia Day, I just automatically go to the preorder. Even I don’t like a particular book after I read it, there are authors that I want to support monetarily even if I don’t like the book. Not everyone is going to like every book and that’s OK. 🙂

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  2. Sophia says:

    No will read it anyway. Everyone will read a book differently, everyone can have there own opion. That’s the great thing about books.

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  3. edwardsvamptramp69 says:

    Nope. Not when it pertains to an author I’m already a fan of. If I’ve loved what they wrote previously, I’m not going to let anyone else influence that. I’ll read it first, and then decide if it was good or not.:)

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  4. Lucia says:

    I completely agree with you! If it is author I am already familiar with and love his book, I would not hesitate to read it even if it had majority of bad reviews.

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