Does anybody look at book reviews before reading? I might write some.
No. Just judging the book by myself is enough. What is the story line? Do the characters draw me in? Is the way the book written interesting? Etc.
I don't intentionally seek book reviews. If I hear that some books are good, I go to the bookshop and browse the book to see for myself. If I like it, I buy and if I don't, I give it a miss. Personally, I think that "Who Moved My Cheese" is much ado about nothing, not to mention the cut-throat price for such a thin book, thanks (or rather "no thanks") to its expensive marketing campaign.
These days people don't have much time. Hence if a book review influence them, then, they go ahead read the complete book.
In fact, there are some agencies engage in summarizing books into small version for busy business people to read so that they can quote the books in social gathering as if they have read the book.
I like to write the occasional review - of older, classic books - and get some response. Hubpages is a good platform for getting 'out there'.
I guess if you concentrated on more popular novels and such you'd get a worth while following after a time. It's worth a try I'd say. Much good reviewing if you do decide to go for it.
I usually don't bother reading the reviews. If the synopsis of the book catches my attention and sounds like something I want to read. That said, I'll write reviews of books I've read because I know there are people who make their decisions based on the over-all rating and what other people have to say.
I do read book reviews, but I usually go to Goodreads or Amazon to look for them.
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