Do you trust newspaper and/or magazine reviews?

Personally, I used to.  Back in the day, I used to obsess over what my favorite magazines listed as the best upcoming books.  I checked the all the bestseller lists.  I was all over anything that would help me figure out what to read next.

Then I realized something.

I never liked the books they were promoting.

Books I’d absolutely hated, books I’d thought were the worst I’d ever read, were sitting atop the bestseller lists.

So now I don’t pay those reviews much attention.  I focus more on book blogs and Goodreads reviews that I trust, people I know aren’t being paid by publishers to promote their latest offering.

How about you?  Have you had better luck than me when it comes to following your favorite magazine’s reading advice?