I love Goodreads.
Goodreads is my favorite way to decide what books to read. I love that I get a summary, reviews from all kinds of people (usually good and bad), discussion questions, and a set of books its similar to. Plus, if I’m not sure what to read next, it makes recommendations! And don’t even get me started on the yearly challenge.
But there is one thing I just hate about Goodreads.
This was thrown at me yet again today. John Green announced his new book today, finally! Needless to say, the internet is freaking out. Just for funsies I went to Goodreads to check and see if it was there yet.
Not only is it there, there are ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY ONE REVIEWS. Some of them have been there since 2012.
What are these people even writing about? Here is an excerpt from the top review.
Let us play a little game called “What could this book possibly about?”
First off, we can argue a bit about the setting. His early work would suggest that he prefers warm places, but over the years he has slowly migrated to the Midwest.We can assume that this time it will be set on the sun, for the conditions are best for cultivating our feels, and destroying our hope.
That’s not a review. That’s a blog post. GET A BLOG!
It has over 400 ratings. The weirdest part? They are not all 5-star ratings. ????
Why does this make me so mad? Well. Goodreads has a funny way of displaying reviews. It displays the most popular reviews on top. That means whichever review has the most likes and comments is the first displayed. I mean, I guess this is preferable to the oldest being displayed first, and I can’t really think of a better system, but I don’t like this one, especially when it comes to YA books. Because 90% of the time what we end up with is ten “reviews” that are all just filled with gifs and gushing about how excited they are to read it, even long after the book has been published.
Is this a reason to stop using Goodreads? No. But let it be known that I AM ANNOYED!