So my question for the day is:
Reviews--how much weight do you give them?
I always find it interesting (and sometimes, a bit fascinating) to read reviews that are totally in the opposite ends of the spectrum. On one end, you have a reader gushing about how AWESOME this particular book is, and everyone should read it and love it!!!! (Yes, excessive exclamation marks are used extravagantly to showcase the love because mere words alone are not enough.) And then there's the snarky, this-is-a-[Twilight]-ripoff review that'll make you wish your book, if it ever gets published, will be spared from this reviewer's eyes forever and ever.
I don't do a lot of book reviews anymore. Opinions will always be subjective, and everyone's entitled to their own.
Do reviews affect your opinion of a book before you even have a chance to read it? Or do you avoid reading reviews until you're done with the book?