Monday, May 13, 2013

Coffee Shop Talks: Do You Research Your Review Requests?

Coffee Shop Talks is a weekly feature where we each discuss a bookish topic of our choosing.
This week's topic:

Yes! I always try to do research before I accept a review request. I'm rarely comfortable jumping in to a story based on the synopsis alone. And I like to know that the author I'm potentially forming a relationship with isn't one that has had any previous drama with other reviewers. 

The first place (and usually the only place) that I go to do a little research is Goodreads. I always check out the average rating that my friends are giving a story and I like to quickly skim through a couple of their 5 star reviews and a few negative ones. Seeing why a story was tagged with worst-book-of-my-life, authors-behaving-badly, so-boring-i-ate-my-own-face (yes, that's real) is just as important to me as glowing reviews. 

It's interesting what information you can find by reading a few comments left on friend's reviews as well. For example, I was interested in reading Beautiful Sorrows by Mercedes Yardley after seeing a spotlight for it on a friend's blog. But a comment from GR led me to this - Willie Nealy's Amazon Review. I don't know why the drama was started or if the author was actually involved or not, but it doesn't matter. This tells me that if I give the story a negative review, it's a possibility that I may have to deal with the same drama. No thank you.



Antonietta Scrofani said...

Goodreads and Amazon are the place to research!
Great post, I had forgotten that authors can sometimes put the pressure on us to only give positive reviews...and that's not what were about!!

Traci Horton said...

Great post! It's so true that a bit of research could prevent potential backlash if you don't enjoy the book. We're accepting books for honest reviews, so if we didn't enjoy it then we need to say why without fear of retaliation.

Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

Danielle Romero said...

I never thought of the tags that GR reviewers can put on, thats something I need to take a peak at in the future :)
-Great Post
Danielle @ Coffee and Characters

Shane Morgan said...

Great post. I do research before accepting to review a book or before I purchase it because if everybody says the book sucks chances are i'll probably end up saying the same, but there's also the chance that i'll like the story. It all depends i guess..

Ali Ginger-Read said...

I always research them too. Though I look at ratings on GR, I won't read reviews if I think I want to review a book. Is that weird? I think I just don't like to be influenced by anyone else's opinion. I only do that on books I am requested to review though.

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

I like checking out other reviewers' thoughts on a book too before accepting it. A lot of the bloggers I follow have similar reading preferences so if they liked it, chances are that I will too.

Arely ZPerez said...

When I get a request I definitely research it. I have enough books in my review queue that I don't need trouble or books that I won't like.


Jeez. I've never even thought about this problem before. Thanks for the nightmares, Cat!

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