19 Responses

  1. susana
    susana at |

    Thank yo for the question and the answers. I do enjoy duo reviews, because you get two perspectives of the same story, and so it is more interesting and enlightening. It is really good to get two different reviews of the same story.

  2. salann31
    salann31 at |

    I quite the duel reviews now that I’ve read a lot of Love Bytes reviews. I tend to know which reviewers opinions I would lean toward.

  3. Tanja
    Tanja at |

    I like the duo reviews. Evn if they are similar in rating there are always different aspects the reviewer loves or hates. Different things stand out for different people.

  4. Shirley Ann Speakman
    Shirley Ann Speakman at |

    What a great question I’ve only just recently noticed that a couple of sites did this and some were like you said basically the same and I must admit I think it’s great when the reviews are so different.

  5. Anne Barwell
    Anne Barwell at |

    I enjoy duo reviews as I think reading is very subjective – a book I love someone else hates, and vice versa.

  6. Trix
    Trix at |

    I think duo reviews are great, because I get suspicious of books that everyone seems to love or hate!

  7. 16forward
    16forward at |

    I receive so many blog posts that I usually read at least 4 reviews anyway so having a duo review doesn’t sway my opinion to read a book anyway… unless I were to consciously read every book that an individual reviewer were to recommend. Since I don’t think I’ve ever done that, I’d say no.

  8. nicki442
    nicki442 at |

    The way the dual reviews are described here in the answers aren’t what I had in mind when I suggested having a book reviewed by two or more reviewers under the post about suggestions for the site. Changing a review from one star to two simply BECAUSE it was a dual review book makes no sense to me. The whole idea is that each reviewer gives their unbiased opinion, not compare notes with the other reviewer(s) before posting. That is a JOINT review written separately. I just want to clarify the definitions here, because I am not suggesting dual reviews, but independent reviews from different people on the same book, written by themselves and unseen by anybody prior to posting on the blog.

  9. Purple Reader
    Purple Reader at |

    Good question and thanks for the answers. I like duo reviews, wouldn’t mind more, and don’t mind at all if they offer different opinions…as long as the view is substantively explained. Which I find y’all’s reviews are, and that helps me as a reader in choosing books.

  10. younela
    younela at |

    I like dual reviews, I often find I agree with different points from each.

  11. Carolyn
    Carolyn at |

    I think dual reviews are a lot of fun to read and definitely the more opinions on a book, the better to decide. I appreciate when they actually disagree as long as the reason is there because sometimes, as in Dan’s example, what might be a no-go for someone is the same as mine or vice versa. Plus, some reviewers opinions generally line up better with mine regularly, so it’s nice to have that as another voice if I’m not sure of one reviewer.

  12. Ami
    Ami at |

    I love dual reviews. But I will love it more if the dual reviews result in two different ratings. Because if the dual reviews are both good, well, as a reader, it doesn’t really help. I prefer two different opinions. Always 🙂

  13. H.B.
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    Thanks for the post. I like duo reviews. They tell you a lot become no two people usually have the same opinion. Each person has their own take of the story and what they liked and didn’t like. In the case of the rating being the same the standing is still the same. We also get to know what worked and what didn’t for each reviewer.

  14. Toni
    Toni at |

    Thanks for your answers! I like reading duo reviews. It’s nice to get a sense of multiple opinions about a book. I love book discussions.

  15. dee
    dee at |

    I like the idea of two or more reviews concerning the same book, but I partly agree with nicki442. I think it’s great to discuss a book among reviewers in advance, because where is the fun in reading a book if you can’t talk about what you liked or disliked afterwards. But I also think you shouldn’t change your rating just to make the whole process a bit more homogenous. On the other hand, if discussing the book helps you reflect on your forged opinion and you come to the conclusion that you need to adjust a bit (for yourself, not for others), that’s okay with me.

  16. suze294
    suze294 at |

    I like the duo reviews, they are of more importance to me if they are different – I can get a real feel for the issues and the make my decision based on them. V high ratings I tend to ignore so look for the mid fielders and see what has got people thinking!

  17. Angela
    Angela at |

    Thank you all for answering i do love duo reviews because it is great to see the difference in opinion and to see that what someone likes in a book another one doesn’t.

  18. Lisa
    Lisa at |

    I do enjoy duo reviews because I like getting more than one person’s POV on the book in question. Especially when we all have similar reading tastes.

  19. ELF
    ELF at |

    I like seeing the different perspectives when one reviewer doesn’t like a story and explains why and another loves it.


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