Do you read book reviews? Whose do you trust?
Do they affect your reading habits? Your buying habits?
Someone else's answer drew my attention to the fact that we've had this question before on BTT, about a year ago. So should I bother to answer it again? Surely all my faithful followers memorized what I wrote back on 24 June, 2010 - on my old blog? Haha, as if. [checking up myself what I wrote] Well, at least I still seem to basically agree with myself. (Is that a good thing?)
I quite often read reviews published in my local newspaper, or other newspapers or magazines I happen to come across. I don't go out of my way looking for book reviews unless there is some special reason. If I read reviews on the internet it's usually either because they were written by a blogger I already know and who also writes about other things than books; or because I have gone looking for reviews of a particular book (or books by a particular author). Sometimes I also read reviews after I have read the actual book, to compare my own impressions with those of others.
Blogs that consist of nothing but book reviews rarely interest me; unless the same blogger also has another more personal blog that I follow.
I guess the conclusion is that on the one hand I try to keep myself sort of generally informed (whether I actually get round to reading the books or not); and on the other hand I'm interested to learn what my friends read and like (or don't like). And just occasionally, I might be interested in collecting a wider range of opinions about something.
I don't have the ambition to read "everything". I guess I'm partly influenced by reviews, but not overly so. I borrow from the library quite a lot. Nowadays (since my bookshelves are already full) I rarely buy new novels unless I'm pretty sure I'll want to read them more than once, or be able to go back and look things up etc.