In my pre-blogging days, absolutely! Now… not so much. However, if I do read a few great reviews from other bloggers who I know and trust, then yes. I guess you could say it’s complicated. Over the years I’ve developed a pretty strict reading schedule, I know it’s not for everyone—many frown on imposing limits on their favourite hobby—but personally I like lists. I’m a planner, after 3+ years of blogging you have to be otherwise you either quit or go insane. I used to spend hours researching my next read, scouring the internet for reviews, reading blurbs, free samples, etc. Now I have a huge wishlist, and I try to buy them as I go because I’ve realized that purchasing every single book that I want to read gets expensive, especially when I don’t actually get around to reading them.
I do occasionally make spur of the moment decisions though; I was a reader before I became a blogger after all. Sometimes I’ll get in this weird mood where nothing on my shelves interests me or I just say screw my review queue—I’m reading this today instead! The only time reading a review will totally convince me is when it’s by one of my go-to peeps, and even then, I usually wait until a couple of them have written glowing reviews. A good, recent example of this was Anne Bishop’s WRITTEN IN RED; I knew it was about werewolves so I added it to my TBR pile but I’d originally planned on letting it sit there a good long while. Then I read Hot Listens review which linked to Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks‘ review, and I was sold. I listened to it. Loved it. And, my review will be posting on February 10th. What can I say, sometimes that’s just the way it goes!