sort of a response to Lena (Justkissmyfrog), Rincey (Rinceyreads) and Sanne
(Booksandquills) from YouTube. Lena made a video about why she doesn’t use
Goodreads, and it was really good. Then Rincey and Sanne made videos about why
they do use Goodreads. And it was really cool, and I thought I’d give my two
cents, about why I use Goodreads. Also, I think Lena was completely justified,
she had some very good points. Because I’m me I can’t guarantee that I’ll be
very coherent. Unlike the very coherent and eloquent ladies who made videos, so
foremost I love to quantifying my life. I don’t know why, I just really like
listing stuff, and making myself into this big list of; this is me. I have no
idea what it is, I just really like structure. I am also a child of the
Internet. My family had Internet really early, because my dad is a nerd. So it might just be genetic. I always thought making lists would be good, and Websites usually
have easy ways to organize, and if I used say excel it would be less dynamic.
I’m an organization nerd, but also slightly lazy, with my own stuff, not at
work. I’m weird.
used to use another website, Shelfari, and I can’t remember why I didn’t like
it so much. I think it was just less user friendly, or more annoying. Goodreads
was more user friendly and it appealed to me more, there are lists and stats
and I like it. Shelfari was more sort of swanky and flashy, and it was okay,
but I prefer simplicity.
important reason for me to catalogue what I read is that I have, on more than
one occasion, bought a book I already own. There is sometimes a semi-valid reason
for this. I collect editions of the Hobbit, so I have more than one copy of the
Hobbit obviously. But there are other times where I’ve stood in a bookstore and
looked at a book and gone; why haven’t I read this? It sounds amazing. I buy
it, and go home, and lo and behold, I already own it. I’m an idiot. It’s easier
for me to remember my extensive library when I have it catalogued somewhere.
that I can make shelves with my books. I like that I can make a wish list. In
theory people can go and check my wish list and just buy books off there. They
should, except I’m not good at updating. I’m lazy. This is the take-away from
Lena mentioned was the currently reading shelf, and not liking that people can
see what she’s reading, and what she doesn’t finish. To me it’s mainly for me. I have for a long time been the
kind of person who reads a lot of books at a time. And I don’t really care that
the list is there, I know I’m a scatterbrain, and the list is there for me. I
only have it for me. The reason I read more books at a time has some weird
logic, the Rory Gilmore logic of; what happens if I’m not in the mood for that
book? I’ll just read something else, and then I’ll go back and forth. This also
causes me to bring like five books if I ever go on holiday, so it is a bit
insane. And that works for me, sort of, I know it doesn’t work for everyone,
but I like it.
set a challenge on Goodreads, and register when you’ve read a book, it will
tell you if you’re on track, or behind schedule or whatever. The first year it
freaked me out, because I felt like the site was judging me, but now I really
like it, because I’m simple enough to find it deeply satisfying to be ahead of
schedule or on track.
stats so I can see what kinds of books I generally read and maybe I can change
it up and read some other stuff. Which is really cool.
is also a social site, you join groups and you make friends, and it’s a good
place for me to follow BookTubers, which I really like. I love that I can make
friends on Goodreads who are as passionate about books as I am. When I was
growing up I honestly felt a little different for loving to read so much. It
wasn’t necessarily something we talked about in my class, and there was pretty
much only one girl who I knew liked to read as much as me, because she would
bring books to school. But now I know there are people out there who love books
as passionately as me. And I like that.
necessarily a huge part of the social stuff, because even online I am awkward.
I am trying though. I am getting better at joining discussions in the groups I
am in. Especially when there’s someone discussing a book I really love. I
really want to tell them how awesome it is and tell them to read it right now.
the fact that there are recommendations. I can look up a book I’ve loved and
find a book that is similar, or a book other people who read the same book have
liked. That’s a confusing sentence. It’s also great to have friends on
Goodreads, and you can see what they read, and get recommendations that way.
don’t really like
was bought by Amazon, and while Amazon are obviously the devil and I know it
made a lot of people leave I don’t want to leave over that, so I stay. I think
they own my soul anyway.
certain things that bother me, one being something nerdy and pedantic. Because
the users are the ones registering books the metadata aren’t necessarily
correct. That makes me annoyed. I’m reading a series and I couldn’t remember
what the second book was called, so I searched for the first book to find the
series, and find book number two, but because whoever put in that book didn’t
write the name of the series the right way I couldn’t find it, and it annoyed
me. I realize that for someone to moderate that and fix all the little snags it
would take A LOT of time, so I don’t expect it to be fixed, but it bugged me.
bugs me that the search is a bit weird. I realize I’m pedantic, but the search
isn’t very convenient. I have searched for stuff sometimes and there are no
results because of one typo. Not even a: “were you looking for?” question. And
other times I have searched for the correct and pretty unique titles of a book
and it’s number 15 on the hit list after books that are presumably more
popular, but only have like one word from the search string I put in. I’m an
like Goodreads, I think it’s cool that there is this huge community of readers
online that have their own platform, which is nice. I like that I can
categorize and catalogue, and I like that I can download my book list as a
spreadsheet, so I’ll have it even if Goodreads suddenly implodes.