Legitimate question! I was wandering the shelves today (the day I’m writing this, not the day I’m posting it) and somehow managed to strike up a conversation with another girl there. (Somehow meaning I very rarely have the gall to talk to other human beings, but managed to do so this time.)
The conversation, at one point, went a little like this:
Her: “Oh! Starfall, I love that cover.”
Me: “Me too, I’m a sucker for anything with space-y covers. I haven’t read the first book though.”
Her: “Me either. I’ve read some great reviews on it, a lot of people really like it.”
Me: “I’ve … looked at some star ratings?”
And it was with that conversation that I realized (not for the first time, but I’ve managed to forget as I go and re-remember each time it comes up in my head) I don’t bother reading reviews on a book, be it spoiler-free or otherwise, until I’ve already read the book. In most cases.
Why do I do this? I don’t know. It’s not like I’ll spoil myself by reading a majority of the reviews that I read after I’ve read the book, so why do I do it?
I suppose it’s because, much like how I very rarely read the synopsis/blurb thing before reading the book, I want to be wholly surprised by what I’m getting into. It makes it a little more difficult as I go, sure, but I find myself enjoying a book more (or less, sometimes) when I don’t know what’s coming and I don’t know how other people feel about it.
But, that being said, I love to see what other people are saying about the book after I already know what’s up.
I know I’m not the only one who does this. If you do it, what reasons do you have for doing it? Are they the same as mine?
And if you do read reviews before going into the book, I suppose that’s the intended method, right? Do you have a reason why you do it that way?
Is there a third way to go about it? Such as reading spoiler-free reviews beforehand, then spoiler ones after? (Yes, I just answered my own question. No shame.)
Spill your secrets to me.
Your book and review ones, I mean.
Well … if you must spill the others, too, go right ahead, but. You know. Public platform and all that. Ahem.
… Thanks for reading!