Lazy Sunday Thoughts: On Goodreads and Stuff

The first day of autumn has come and gone. The leaves are turning and there is a funky rotten leaf smell in the air. Yep, it's fall. A season full of dramatic read shelf:

Chris's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)

Goodreads didn't make a change but it did make an addition. You now can get recommendations based on your virtual shelves. I've been playing around with it the last couple of days. It's hit or miss but I have added quite a few books to my want shelf. Books like Stoner (John Edward Williams), Marianna (Monica Dickens), Ten Cents a Dance (Christine Fletcher). It also helps remind me to add books I forgot I read. Earlier this year, I added all the books I have on my actual shelves. I've kept up with updating my Goodreads page as books come in. There are quite a few books that I've given away or borrowed and gave back that I didn't add to Goodreads.

You can also request recommendations from other readers or recommend books for them. I haven't tried it yet. How about you?

It's not a perfect system though. I'm only getting recommendations based on a few books on my shelves. Still, it's fun to play with right now.

Another thing I noticed about Goodreads recently is when I send a friend request I often get a question: Why do you want to be my friend? I understand why people do this, of course. Goodreads is getting a spammy rep.  However, the first time it happened I was taken aback. What do I say? " you"? I only friend request people I know so I try to resist saying, "C'mon, girl, you know me!" But I don't know how to reply. Have you had this question asked on Goodreads? How do you respond? Do you have that question set up on your Goodreads page?

In other book news, I finished a book that is universally loved. I mean LOVED and I thought it was just okay. It's tough not loving a book all the people you usually agree with do. It makes reviewing it rather tricky. I don't want to look like a jerk but I do want to be honest.

IonaThe Classic Circuit is coming up in October and I have my date (October 24) for my review of The Castle of Wolfenbach. I can't wait to read it. There will be swooning, and crying, and rending of the clothes. Dastardly villains  and helpless maidens. Oh the drama!

That's about it. How was your book week?


  1. I do have that feature set up on my Goodreads, or something similar, like "How do I know you?" I got really tired of being friended by people I didn't recognize with no idea how they came across my profile. Most people just answer my question with something along the lines of "I read your blog," or "I'm a fellow blogger," or "We met through BBAW" and I feel so much better about accepting a request! I can see where it's weird, though. I think most people just want to screen some of the spam without making a ton of extra research work for themselves.

  2. I haven't been to Goodreads much lately at all. The new features sound fun. I actually got an email months ago saying an actual friend wanted to be my friend on there that I keep meaning to reply to, but haven't. I'm not even sure I remember my log in information anymore its been so long! I agree too that I hate when a book doesn't live up to my expectations.

  3. I am a newbie when it comes to Goodreads and sometimes I find it difficult to post on my blog and to do stuff there simultaneously. Thanks for featuring that new feature, though!

  4. I haven't tried the latest features from Goodreads but they sound pretty helpful especially since I've wanted to read 10 Cents a Dance for awhile now.

    I understand about the friend requests too but when I receive that question, I have the same reaction. I hope you have a great week.

  5. goodreads is my go to site (i think i'm one of the few without a lt account), and i have been loving the recommendations feature!

    i have a lot of books on my shelves, maybe a bit over 500, and the recommendations it has made have been awesome so far, with only a few books that were a huge miss.

    as for the question - i just answer honestly with how i found their profile - usually it's to do with a book review i liked or something and it isn't super awkward.

  6. I'm still quite new to GoodReads so I haven't many friends, or books for that matter, and I'm still learning how to use it, but I like the idea of the recommendations, and so far so good. I wasn't aware of the question for friends requests but it does sound like a good thing, if embarrassing at times.

  7. I was just plain tired of getting spammy friend requests, so I put the question - How do you know me? It worked somewhat, but then people would answer like 'I don't, but I'd love to know you'. Fair enough, but then when I check the person's profile, it's usually a shirtless guy and the only other friends that this person has are women in questionable postures or attire. Okay, that really offended me - and I hate to see my picture near other photos like that. So I changed my question recently - to talk about a book the person really liked. I figure that will work for any person genuinely interested in adding me. So far it has worked.

    I hate putting up that question, it's like word verification or captcha, but some times I get too many requests and I'm not sure how to deal with them.

    Of course, when I see the question - Why do you want to be my friend? - I happily snark back with some sassy reply (if I've been talking back to the person well enough). I don't think people get offended, so it's cool. :)

  8. I've gotten where I rarely send a friend request on Good Reads but I can see a need for the question because I've had several people send me requests and I can't figure out who they are.

  9. Erin- Ok, I think I'll stick with those answers.

    Jill- I signed up for Goodreads ages ago and then forgot about it. Last year I really made an effort and now I'm on it everyday.

    Anachronist- I don't post to Goodreads. I just give a thought or two and a rating. I'd never keep on top of posting there.

    Vasilly- I hadn't heard of Ten Cents a Dance before so it's been a good feature for me so far.

    Luxehours- It seems to be much more accurate than Amazon recommendations.

    Charlie- I didn't realize people could do that either that's why it throw me for a loop!

    Aths- Oh no! That defeats the purpose and ew! Glad you found a new question.

    Kathy- I know, I hate that. I generally ignore requests if I can't figure out who they are.

  10. I started on Goodreads but I now use LT. I found it too hard to keep both updated. I do like the quizzes on Goodreads

  11. I am so lazy. I don't ever answer that question on Goodreads! I didn't realise it was an optional question.

  12. I know they ask questions like that, not just because of spam, but because sometimes you get requests from total strangers. Rather than scratch your head and wonder if your memory's shot, you ask a question.

    I got one of those questions on GR the other day: What's the name of my blog? I told that darned thing three times what the name of the person's blog was before it finally took. Then on the next screen, I got asked the same thing in a slightly different way, so I went to town. "Your blog is blah; my blog is blah blah...." and I went on to name two more blogs and blog owners, ending with "Do I pass?" (I did!)

    As for asking GR for recommendations, I'd give it a try if I didn't have hundreds of TBR books with me adding books to my PBS wishlist weekly. I'd hate to see what would happen if I started looking for help! LOL

  13. the recommendations thing is fun to play with. But then it adds the books to my to-read shelf and that's not how I track my books I mean to read. I've only been using Goodreads a short time, so I don't have many books on there.

  14. That is TOO funny. I've NEVER had that happen to me on a friend request on GoodReads. Weird.


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