02 April 2012

Book Blogger Confessions #7

Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger's All Consuming Books and For What It's Worth - every second Monday book bloggers spill the beans on some juicy book blogging questions!

Spoilers in reviews: Do you read them, do you include them? How to you describe (or avoid describing) spoilery parts of a book? 

Unlike some other readers, I always check a few reviews before I buy (or accept) a book - I don't tend to pay attention to the actual rating, rather the content - even negative reviews can help me decide  as we all look for different things in a good book.

Bloggers and Goodreads reviewers I trust to warn me if there's a spoiler in their review, but on Amazon I'm far more wary - some Amazon reviewers seem to throw around spoilers like confetti at a wedding.

Personally I try not to have any spoilers in my reviews, but it can be hard to avoid, particularly if the book description is pretty ambiguous - after all, if you can't talk about the content of the story you're pretty much stuck to characters and writing, which are important elements but if the actual story-line doesn't appeal there's not much point in reading the book!

As long as I have fair warning, I'm OK with spoilers, but they do come on different levels - if you're just going to tell me more about the storyline in a general way I don't consider it a spoiler, more an extended blurb.  But if the review gives away who the girl chooses in a love triangle for example, that's a screaming big spoiler!

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  1. I like mini spoilers - not the whole plot.
    It's weird because goodreads has the spoiler warning button but I find that not everyone uses it and they reveal HUGE spoilers so I just skim reviews not here now or only read reviews from people I trust.

  2. I agree with karen about mini spoilers but not the whole plot. Reviews or things known to the reader are subjective

  3. I tend only to read friend reviews on Goodreads (if there are any!), because they're people I trust to know where that damn spoiler button is! And I trust their opinions!

  4. I agree with you about mini spoilers being okay. I’ve never been the kind of person that gets really upset or will refuse to read something if I know spoilers so they never effect me too much!

    Darlene @ Leather Bound and Lovely



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