Do you read your reviews?

Stumbled across a chat room in which several people were having an in-depth book discussion about one of my books. I must admit it made me nervous about what I might read, but thrilled that the book was being discussed. An editor once told me never read reviews of your own books. He wanted to know how many books I would have read in my high school/college literature classes if they had had reviews posted in advance? How would you describe books like Grapes of Wrath, War and Peace, Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot? I left the chat room and followed the editor’s advice – just keep reading!