Musing Mondays

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about book reviews…

Do you read any non-blogging book reviews? If so, where (newspaper, library etc)? Do you have any favourites sources you'd like to share?

First and foremost, I like reading book reviews from fellow bookbloggers. They always offer the best opinions and I came to trust their views after reading their blogs after some time (which by then we would have become friends). One thing I like reading these blogs is, besides book recommendations they will also share some of their thoughts on why they like or dislike a book. Usually I will take note of their views before I decide whether or not to buy the book (especially when new-to-me authors are concerned).

I rarely read non-blogging book reviews but that does not mean I don't read them either. I will read them if I came across them on magazines or any other printed matters. Sometimes, I will also read them on online bookstores when I'm checking if there are any new releases.

How about you? Do you read any non-blogging book reviews?

22 Responses
  1. Iliana Says:

    I do read non-blogging book reviews but not as many as I used to. I just prefer reading what my blog friends say because I too like to read about the personal connection each reader makes with a book.

    When I do turn to "professional" reviews it's usually BookPage, Bookmarks Magazine and Mystery Scene magazine.

  2. Melody Says:

    Iliana - Bookblogs are the best! :D

  3. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    Although I get many recommendations from book blogs (and I do love reading them!), I also implicitly trust my Entertainment Weekly reviews as well. They don't cover them all, but they hit most of the better pieces of new literature, and sometimes even cover the classics.

  4. Most of the reviews I read are definitely from book blogs, but I do read the book reviews in magazines like Mystery Scene, Bookmarks and Entertainment Weekly--all of which I subscribe to. I tend not to take the non-blog reviews as seriously as I do those reviews written by bloggers though.

  5. Shana Says:

    I read reviews in the newspaper, and I like the short reviews in People and Entertainment Weekly.

  6. Julia Says:

    Yes I do, read from non-blogging book reviews. But they are mostly friends from my reading group, who I have been fast friends with for nearly 5+ years. I read reviews from someone who have same tastes as mine and who I can trust with reviews. I also read book reviews from "word of the mouths" too.

    Place like Amazon or B&N, while I do read reviews there, I don't chose to read the books from them. I tend to sometime disagree with them.

  7. Melody Says:

    Sandy - Oh, how cool that Entertainment Weekly covers the classics too! I may have come across this magazine but I can't recall if they featured book reviews as well... guess I'd have to check it out from now onwards. :)

    Wendy - There're so many book reviews magazines out there that I don't know which to choose, LOL.

    Shana - Ah...another Entertainment Weekly reader! :)

    Julia - I understand about reading reviews from someone who share the same reading preferences and one we can trust their reviews with. After all, we're helping one another by doing so, isn't it? While the reviews on those online bookstores can be fun to read, I tend not to rely too much on them anyway... it's more likely to pique my curiosity.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    I like reading 'professional' reviews so I can get a different perspective on the books. But I do like blog reviews for that personal touch.

  9. Ana S. Says:

    I don't read non-blog reviews all that often, and most of the ones I do are online too...from sites like Locus, Strange Horizons, Guardian Books, or Washington Post for Michael Dirda. As for "traditional" media...if I'm flipping through a magazine and see a book review I'm likely to read it, but I don't deliberately seek them out.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Same here. Even though I do read book reviews in newspapers and magazines, I mostly rely on bloggers for honest opinions.

  11. Beth F Says:

    I like both blogger reviews and "professional" reviews for different reasons. But I read a lot of non-blogger reviews.

  12. Yvonne Says:

    I will read both blogger and non-blogger reviews, but I do think the bloggers do the best job of it.

  13. Jeane Says:

    I used to search book-review magazines at the library, but now I just read the book blogs. I've never really read any from newspapers.

  14. The Bookworm Says:

    I like fellow bookbloggers reviews best too. Sometimes I'll read reviews on or in magazines.

  15. I recently sort of stopped reading most reviews, opting instead to try reading the book with no prior knowledge as to its quality and diving in with no preconceptions. Unfortunately, this means I've been reading a lot of junk recently...

  16. Robin M Says:

    I love reading and hearing what the book bloggers think about books. But I do utilize amazon alot. I need to find some more magazines besides booksmarks. I love reading through them and keeping them to look at later as well.

    My post is up now.


  17. Anonymous Says:

    Guardian and NYRB have in-depth reviews. Otherwise, I only glace skim through the other papers. I also trust the staff reviews at indies.

  18. Melody Says:

    Mae - Yes, I don't mind reading 'professional' reviews once in a while. :)

    Nymeth - Thanks for those names! Now I've more to read. ;)

    Violet - Indeed. I always rely on bookbloggers for their honest opinions. :)

    Beth - I think it's great that bloggers reviews and 'professional' reviews each has their own unique ways of reviewing books that cater to individual readers' requirements. :)

    Yvonne - I like it that bookbloggers always share their opinions on books on a more personal basis in which it makes me feel much closer to them. :)

    Jeane - Our newspapers don't feature on book reviews much which I think it's too bad.

    Naida - Glad we share the same sentiments. :)

    Anonymous Child - I'll usually do that to my favourite authors. However, I choose to do otherwise when new-to-me authors are concerned. ;)

    Robin - I've been hearing great things about Bookmarks magazine. I might want to subscribe them one of these days. ;)

    Matt - Thanks for telling me! I'll have to check out those links. :D

  19. Erika Powell Says:

    i agree that you get to know the bloggers and you know if you have similar tastes. its just the best way to get reviews

  20. Melody Says:

    Erika - It's wonderful to get to know bloggers through reading their reviews! :)

  21. Alice Says:

    Hi Melody, I do read non-blogging book reviews, especially from newspapers and magazines. But my favourite is still from bloggers particularly from those I know and trust, such as yourself and a great few others. :)

  22. Melody Says:

    Alice - Sadly, our papers covered so little on book reviews. I wish they'll do more! And of course, bookblogs are the best! :D

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