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!

15 thoughts on “WWWHHHYYY????

  1. 100% agree with everything you say in this post!! There should be a way that the reviewing feature is blocked until ARCs start going out for that book! And at the least you should be able to rate the book until you mark it as read!!

    This annoys me sooo much too!

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      1. I know right! A couple weeks ago I literally ranted about this for half an hour on the phone to a mate of mine that isn’t even a book reader and had no idea what Goodreads was! It’s just so stupid.

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  2. OH GOSH THIS HAS ALWAYS MADE ME SO SO MAD!!!! It also feels so disingenuous- even when the real reviews go up- I mean how can I trust someone’s opinion if they give a book they haven’t even read 5*!! Also it bothers me when there’s a controversy about a book too and people all flood the goodreads with negative comments and 1 star reviews, starting “I haven’t read the book but…” NO- no buts!! If you haven’t read the book, no opinion, period!!

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    1. YES!! And I hate how the Goodreads formula keeps their invalid opinions at the top so that I really have to fish for ones that matter. So frustrating. Like I said, I don’t really see a solution on Goodreads’ end, so these people need to just grow up.

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