Blogger Questions #11 | Do You Read Book Reviews For Sequels?

Blogger QuestionsHey dolls! For those of you in the United States, Happy Independence Day! I hope you all have a lovely holiday! I have a suspicion that July will be a month of sequel-reading for me. I’m planning on finally reading Tower of DawnI’ve been procrastinating reading this one for far too long! – and am hoping to make some progress with the Seven Realms and An Ember in the Ashes series. With so many reviews for books that are sequels appearing, I’ve began to wonder if individuals read these reviews if they haven’t read the first book.

Benefits of Reading Reviews For Sequels

I believe a few advantages of reading reviews for later books in a series, is that you can decide for yourself whether or not the series is worth your time and dedication. I for one, would be put off if I learned that the sequel to a beloved book isn’t amiable at all. After all, why would one bother to invest themselves in a series that is bound to end in disappointment? If however, the sequels receive much praise and positive feedback, I’ll feel more inclined than before to start on a series.

Why It May Not Be Your Cup of Tea

Confession time. I never read reviews for sequels. I don’t recall reading a single one in all my life. The lone reason being that I’m terrified to death of spoilers! It’s a recurring theme in Young Adult literature to end the first book of a series on a cliffhanger that typically involves a death or dramatic event. I’ve accidentally read the synopsis of a few sequels on Goodreads, and was devastated to learn that I accidentally spoiled myself. Since I don’t tend to read reviews for these sequels, I was wondering if any of you don’t for the same reason.

Oh, and in my reviews for sequels, I include the synopsis from Goodreads which *may* include spoilers from the first book, but I won’t spoil anything about the story aside from what’s mentioned there.

Do You Read Reviews for Sequels?

My naive self has been under the impression for years that nobody would find pleasure in reading a review for a sequel, before reading the first book. Once I began blogging however, I noticed there were some individuals who commented on my sequel reviews  without having any prior experience with the series! I was absolutely dumbfounded. My whole life had been a lie!


That’s all for now! Do you read reviews for sequels? Why? Are you immune to being frightened of spoilers? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

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62 thoughts on “Blogger Questions #11 | Do You Read Book Reviews For Sequels?

  1. Sometimes I don’t read sequel reviews if I haven’t read the book or the first book in the series. I am always so scared of spoilers! I also very rarely write a review for a sequel too, because I’m always scared I’ll give away spoilers.

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  2. I’ll read a review for a sequel as long as there are no spoilers. I found that a lot of people were reading my Throne of Glass reviews without having read the first book and like you, I couldn’t believe it. I think it does help to decide if you should invest your time in the series or not.

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  3. This is such an interesting topic for discussion. I don’t think I particularly go looking for reviews of sequels, just because I mostly have already made up my mind about whether I want to read it or not myself anyway. However, I might check out reviews after I read the book. I do that a lot anyways, just because I like to not be too influenced by others (no matter how spoiler free the review is) before I have a chance to get a look myself. I just know that I really struggle writing reviews! I also don’t put spoilers in any of my posts (but I do use the Goodreads synopsis as well) but I just don’t know what to say, how much to say, who would even read it because it’s only for people who’ve read the previous books … it’s defintiely not easy!

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Kat! I tend to avoid reviews sometimes too, if I don’t want to be heavily influenced by other people, regardless if it’s a sequel or not. I do love looking at reviews for books I’ve already read! 💗

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  4. I read reviews of sequels well as long as its “spoiler free” or any warnings about it. But guilty likes when I see a small spoiler so what the heck I read it. Haha! I really do read them. Especially when a number of people keeps on saying they don’t like it. I’m all okay whats it about that they didnt like?

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  5. I tend not to read review of sequels I am yet to read. I usually read them afterwards as it’s fun to compare my experience and learn what others have thought. But beforehand, it’s usually a big no-no unless it’s one my of trusted reviewers, about whom I know that their reviews are spoiler-free. 🙂

    My problem with sequels is my memory though. If it’s usually about a year I have to wait for another book, I completely forget what happened in previous books… I am more gravitating towards stand-alone books these days but then again, I do still enjoy a good series from likes of Bardugo, Maas or Arden. 🙂

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    1. I’m the absolute worst with remembering information from books! I’ve been wanting to start on the most recent Ember in the Ashes book, but don’t recall much from the previous book! Haha.

      Thanks for sharing!!! 💗

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  6. Yeah, I don’t read reviews for sequels either. I mean, if the first book was great, then I’ll be compelled to dive into the next book anyway, so I don’t see the point of setting myself up for any spoilers. Not to mention, it’ll spoil my investment in the series if I have an inkling of whether people liked it or not, so I try to stay away if possible. 🙂 Nice post!

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  7. Sometimes but not as often as first books. Generally I know whether I’m personally going to continue reading a series or not, so reading a review of a sequel isn’t “useful” to me. I might read a review if I read the sequel already and have thoughts I want to discuss, though.

    Also I notice that the reviews I post of sequels don’t necessarily get a lot of views. Not that it stops me. 😉

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    1. I can definitely see what you mean. I often read the review for sequels if I’m on the fence about the series.

      I’ve noticed the same with my sequel reviews, but I still write them nonetheless! Haha.

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  8. I might be in the minority here but I love spoilers… atleast till now, knowing spoilers hasn’t in any way diminished my reading experience… I actually seem to enjoy them… it may not work for every book, but I’ve been till date… So, I definitely read reviews even for sequels… especially for series that are popular or are on my radar… 😊😊

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    1. I don’t care that much about spoilers either, but I also feel in the minority! My general theory is that if “knowing what happens” already makes the book uninteresting, it might not be that great of a book. I think books should bear up to rereading and not have “surprising the readers with things in the plot” as their main draw.

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      1. Ohh I totally agree with your reasoning… my all time favorites are the books which I want to reread all the time … so definitely the surprise factor shouldn’t be the only interesting thing about a book… if the characters are great and have a connect, any spoilers can’t really change how we feel about the book…

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      2. I can definitely see your perspective. Reading a spoiler doesn’t typically ruin my enjoyment of a book, and isn’t a factor when I’m rating it. I just enjoy being surprised by what is to come. 🙂

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  9. I tend to not read any reviews of any book unless I have already read the book. The only time I will read a review of a book I haven’t read is if I trust the person writing the review not to spoil anything for me and there’s only a few people I trust with that.

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    1. Oh okay, that totally makes sense! Plus, it’s always cool to see what insight other people have about a book that differs from your own! 😊

      And in case you’re wondering, my reviews are spoiler free 🙂

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  10. Like you, I tend to avoid sequel reviews for fear of spoilers! I only read them if I’ve already read the first book or I’m super interested in the series. I don’t even review many sequels myself (though I’m really good at not writing spoilers) because I just feel like people won’t bother with them! It’s a tough one.

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    1. It’s difficult for me to write reviews for sequels too! I usually read more reviews for books that are the first in a series (or standalones), so I always have to give myself a little push to write the reviews for sequels 😂

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  11. Sometimes! If I decide to read book in future, by the time I have purchased it I may not remember what was the spoiler so it doesn’t affect much. Sometimes I don’t read them if I’m going to read that book sooner or when I’m not interested in that series at all. But I will surely read sequel review if I have read first book.

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  12. Oh this is such an interesting question. I never read reviews for sequels, unless they are books I have read already or book from series I want to read eventually and only if they mention that the review is spoiler-free. If they don’t, but it’s still a book I might want to read, I will probably skim the review and maybe read the first few sentences and the last paragraph overall, to get a general feeling of what the reviewer thought with, hopefully, avoiding spoilers haha 🙂

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  13. If I’m on the fence after the first book I’ll definitely read reviews. (Legendary for instance I sought out those reviews. Same with Thunderhead.) It really depends on the book. Sometimes I want to know peoples feelings especially if I’m not going to get to it any time soon but there are some books like Muse of Nightmares or Bright We Burn I’m not clicking on anything regarding those until I’ve read them! 🙂 So to answer your question it’s totally dependent on the book for me!

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  14. I do not read them for the same reason 🖤 Spoilers. Even blurbs are dangerous territories in sequels. I have had enough provided to have upcoming deaths, etc revealed (even when not directly said). I tend to refrain from reviews for any books later in a series I have not completed.

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  15. I do read reviews for sequels! Especially if it’s a series I’m interested in, a series I’ve read, or a review by one of my favorite bloggers. 🙂 In general, I find it really hard to review sequels because I don’t want to spoil the previous books! I’ll usually end up either writing a really vague, really unhelpful review or just throwing the whole review under spoiler tags.

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    1. I try my best not to spoil the previous books, and will only cover the info that’s shared in the blurb. I usually focus more on the technical aspects in the book rather than the storyline, so I can provide insight about the book without being too spoilery!

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  16. I read reviews for sequels just as often as I do first books/standalones. I’m really not bothered by spoilers at all for some reason, so I’m not wary of that. And I feel like reviews are so under appreciated, so I always try to read/like/comment on them when I can!

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    1. Oh okay! I wish I wasn’t as bothered by spoilers! Haha. I feel that reviews are under appreciated too. They’re honestly some of my favorite kind of blog posts, so it’s a shame they don’t seem to get as much love as other content!

      Thanks for sharing, beautiful! 💗

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  17. I do sometimes, if it’s a series i’m interested in, or if i already read the 1st book.
    I noticed that blurbs on the sequel are sometimes more spoilery than the reviews…

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    1. Oh okay! Thanks for sharing! I will usually only read the sequel for a book I thought was “okay” if the sequel is supposedly much better. But, if I love the first book, I’ll almost always read the sequel! ❤️

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