How much do reviews influence the books you choose?
For me, I check every book I'm interested in on GR, BL and Amazon to see what other people are saying. This works out sometimes but not 100%. There was one book I read last year, can't remember which, that looked really interesting and had a lot of 5 star reviews. Once I started reading it, I hated it.
On the other hand, I just read a review on a free Kindle book that pointed out several things in the book that would've annoyed the hell out of me as well, and that was the dealbreaker. Yeah, it was a free book but if I start a book that turns out to be colossally stupid, I get offended. Like, I Will Burn Your House Down offended. So if a review can save me the trouble of burning down an author's house, I appreciate it.
(no Sims were harmed in the making of this post)
So, how much are you influenced by reviews?
EDIT: Just saw this on an Amazon review and this made me LOL, so I'm going to get the book:
By Doc on May 24, 2015
Ms. Leigh who is probably best know at this point for her herbalist mysteries has a new series. The protagonist in this one is a bit ADHD as well as OCD which when if comes down to it kind of describes Jessica Fletcher.