I've been writing this blog for a while now and whilst I was typing the last post on environmentally friendly reading, I started thinking about how much influence book reviews have, on people's choice of reading.
I write this blog mainly for writing practise and also to keep a record of the books that I have read (I have geekish tendancies!). However, if I can inspire people to read the books that I have reviewed or to get people interested in reading in general, then that is a great thing.
Personally, sometimes book reviews influence what I read next. If there are titles that I am thinking of reading, then by reading reviews either in magazines, websites or blogs, it helps me to decide whether to read that book or not.
Also, if I read a book review which says that a certain novel is awful, then that makes me what to read it, just to see whether it is as bad as they say it is. On the other hand, I also like to read books which are either obscure or recommended by friends, so it's not always a review which draws me to a book.
What about you? How much do book reviews influence what you read?