I accidentally joined Goodreads last month. Stop smirking, it really was an accident. I logged in to... something... trying to fix a typo in a Pandemonium title, and next thing I knew, it had sent invitations to everyone on Facebook. Evil.
Still, I've been screwing around, and here's what I like...
- Being able to tinker with the Pandemonium titles, and make sure the information is right. Cross i's and dot t's and all athat.
- Tracking my reading. For the past two years, I've kept a silly spreadsheet of everything I read. I don't know why. I figured 'data first, questions later'. (What did I learn? That reading 200 books for The Kitschies skews the numbers.) Goodreads is actually a pretty good platform for this particular kind of fun. So far, I've got 2013 up to date. If, say, in a few months, I'm still enjoying it, I'll import my reading from 2011 and 2012.
- Adding books. Apparently my reading taste is weird. I've had to add four books, which is pretty fun.
Here's what I don't like...
- Star ratings. One of the reasons I rarely review on Amazon any more. My rule of the moment is that a book is either: '5 stars' or not, mostly because if it is a great book, I want to give it the equivalent of a thumbs up. I've lost my capacity to judge whether or not something is 3 or 4 or 2 or 3 or whatever.
What do you do? How do you rate books?
And how do you use Goodreads? What other fun stuff am I missing?