Do you read book reviews? Whose do you trust? Do they affect your reading habits? Your buying habits?
Absolutely! Otherwise I’d be an angry little hermit, unaware of the greater book blogging community. I also read mainstream book reviews, such as the ones found in The New York Times and occasionally The Atlanta Journal Constitution, but I do tend to prefer book bloggers. After a while, you get a feel for their taste and how it relates to you, allowing you to make better decision about the book they’ve reviewed; while you can do the same with mainstream book reviews, it’s a bit harder (especially with The New York Times‘ new digital subscription limiting free access).
They do affect my reading habits since it’s where that reading habit springs from—reviews and other such recommendations are where I get a lot of books to add to the old reading list. But they don’t affect my buying habits. I’m extremely picky about the books I bring home (…well, for full sticker price, anyway), so it has to be a fantastic book that I will read again and again. In theory. So I very rarely buy books based solely on a recommendation or review, unless I come across it at a thrift store.