I read other book reviews for a couple different reasons. Here’s a list of which ones I read and the reasons I read each. In no particular order:
1. One- star reviews: For a good laugh. Either UPS has lost the package, or the book came looking like a goat got to it. I know there are many legitimate reasons people leave one-star reviews, but some are downright funny! (And meant to be). Like the one for The Grinch below:
2. Reviews of ARCs I have read: I never read these reviews until after I have read the book myself. I like to get a fresh take. Just the blurb and I’ll dive in. I even try to avert my eye from the other author’s endorsements on the cover. But after I’ve written my review, I’ll look back at other reviewers’ takes. What did they like? What did they not like?
3. Reviews of books in my favorite genres: I’m always on the lookout for new books to read between my ARCs. And I have a good group of trusted bloggers I follow to find good recs.
4. Other reviews from trusted and new bloggers: I try to get outside of my ‘chosen’ genres and search out other types of books the bloggers I follow are talking about. I also like to read other reviews to see the mechanics of the writing. What part of books are they talking about? I love to find creative reviews too.