Monday, February 16, 2009

Musing Mondays #2

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about book reviews…

Do you read any non-blogging book reviews? If so, where (newspaper, library etc)? Do you have any favourites sources you'd like to share?

Actually I read reviews anywhere I could find them, be it on blogs or other different sites.. I check Shelfari, Amazon and sometimes the author's web page.

Sometimes my non blogging friends or family members recommend something so I go look on the net to check the storyline and then it might end up on my virtual tbr shelf on Shelfari.

I don't really care about the rating, I read the review to check if it's my type of book or not, what kind of genre it is and if the storyline is something that is interesting to me..

Why I do that?! Because I believe that everyone's opinions are different, me liking the book does not mean that everyone else is going to like it and the other way around is true..

One of the books that was recommended to me by a friend/collegue of mine was Harry Potter that was around 2002/2003. She introduced me to Harry's world when she was reading the forth book, convincing me to try out the first book and that it was very good and saying a lot of things about it.. so I went to the bookstore (Jareer) and bought the first book.. I've been a fan ever since!!

Then I recommended it to my sister-in-law, which resulted her and my brother being fans.. then my neice-in-law, which resulted with her and her sister being fans..

It was really nice to have discussions with people about the books that you all enjoy.. making speculations and assumptions till the next book comes out!! It was so much fun!!

I love getting recommendations from anyone who is willing to give it, it's not a guarantee that I would read it but it would be high on my list of choices..


Sandy Nawrot said...

Absolutely, I receive my Entertainment Weekly and immediately turn to the book reviews. I trust them implicitly. And because all of my friends know I am a reader, I get recommendations from them all the time...I have to keep in mind who the friend is and what their tastes are, but generally are good ones!

Beth F said...

I'm kind of a review junkie!

Yvonne said...

I feel the exact same way - I use reviews to see if it's my type of book or not, not the reviewer's opinion. As you said, we are all different. I use Romantic Times, blogs and then sites like Shelfari, etc.

Happy Monday!

Robin M said...

I love to read the book bloggers reviews because I have discovered a lot of books I would be interested in and others not so much. I listed a few other resources in my post which is up now.

Happy Monday!


Cheryl Pitt said...

I agree reviews from friends and loved ones are nice. It's nice to have book related conversations.

Vickie said...

B&N, goodreads, shelfari, Denver Post and Washington Post online. If my sister or Dad recommends a book, I am on it. We have similar taste and like turning each other onto new to us authors.

DeSeRt RoSe said...

Sandy, don't you feel like you always have books in mind to read?! I know I'll die before I'm done with all the books I wish to read!

Beth, welcome to the club of Review Junkies :)

Yvonne, yeah views and opinions are always different even slightly.. no matter if you are best friends or blog friends :) so getting the idea of the book is the safest bet!

Robin, since I starting blogging and reading reviews my tbr shelf has overflowed :) but I'm happy because it made me discover new genres and new authors.. I'm ever so grateful for that!

Cheryl, I know.. it's one of my favorite discussions with friends and family..

Vickie, It's great to have family members with similar tastes so you could recommend and swap or trade books! It would be real fun :)

Erotic Horizon said...

I quite agree with you about the rating - If I like a book or if it sounds interesting I will jump at the chance to read it.

Its a personal taste anyhow - so I take most review with a pinch of salt - as you can't please everyone.

Loved your thoughts on the whole thing.


DeSeRt RoSe said...

Erotic Horizon, thanx for agreeing :)

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