Held every first and third Monday of the month, this week's question is:
Spoilers in reviews: Do you read them, do you include them? How do you describe (or avoid describing) spoilery parts of a book?
I hate spoilers. There, I've said it. If I see reviews go up for a book in a series that I absolutely love, I'll avoid them like the plague until I've read the book in question. If someone posts spoilers on Goodreads or Twitter, I will unfollow them if they make it a habit.
When I write reviews, I do my best to not add spoilers and when I'm writing a review for a book in a series (that is not the first book), the first sentence or two of my review is always a warning to people who haven't read the first book--telling them that there will inevitably be some spoilers for them in my review of the second (or third, etc.) book and that if they don't want any spoilers, they should go read the previous books in the series first. If I do--accidentally--give spoilers, then I do my best to make sure that they're very, very minor.
And when it comes to avoiding writing spoilers into my reviews, I can be incredibly vague--and usually I feel terrible because of it, but at the same time, if you read the book, you'll still now exactly what I'm talking about. There are times that I might have strong feelings about something that is a spoiler for a book and usually I'm either incredibly vague or I avoid mentioning it--admittedly I'm more likely to be incredibly vague than completely skip over something that I feel that strongly about.