{Bookish Thoughts} Goodreads: A blessing or a curse?

Do you ever wish that you didn’t read a review or check the average rating for a book on Goodreads before giving it a go yourself? I love Goodreads, I truly do because it helps me keep track of the books I’ve read and the books I want to read. I discover a lot of new books I might not of heard otherwise as well. I also get to connect with other great readers through posting and reading reviews. I always thought Goodreads was miracle-sent but lately, I’m been thinking resentful thoughts.

I can’t think of a single book that I’ve read in the last 6 years (joined GR in 2011) that I didn’t research on Goodreads beforehand. I don’t know about you, but I’ve just become so conditioned when it comes to reading. I always need to skim reviews and gouge the average ratings. This is something I NEVER used to do. I used to read the synopsis and if it sounded good I’d buy or borrow it from the library.

I’m so glad that there’s a great resource where I can checkout what other readers are thinking, but lately, I’ve also been irritated with how it influences my reading decisions. I feel like my initial perception of a book and rather I’ll enjoy it or not is being influenced by other’s opinions. I try to take other’s views with a grain of salt but I still find myself shying away from 3.5 or less starred books regardless of the varying opinions.

Do you feel like Goodreads is a curse and blessing? Do non-amazing ratings make you iffy? Is Goodreads affecting your choice in reading a certain book? Do you wish that you could start taking leaps of faith again?

6 Comments

  1. I kind of do the opposite. I pick up a book, decide if I want to read it from the synopsis, and once I'm done, I check Goodreads haha. I find I usually turn to Goodreads when a book is getting a TON of buzz and I want to see if all the hype is worth it or not.

  2. I rarely read reviews on Goodreads before I read a book. Unless it is something I really am not sure about, and then I might read it to get an idea if I really want to read it or not. I do go read reviews when I've heard about controversy though. I love Goodreads for keeping track of my books that I've read and that I want to read. I'm on it probably every day at least once a day. Great post!

  3. Great topic, Lauren! You bring up a good point about putting so much faith in the average ratings. I definitely look at those when I am considering a book when I’m not familiar with the author. And there have been plenty of times when a low average rating has changed my mind and made me decide to skip a book. There have been exceptions, though. Books I’v loved that have lower ratings. I guess it depends on the book. If I am truly excited about it and the synopsis really speaks to me, I’m probably going to read it no matter what.

    • Sometimes if the cover is gorgeous and the description sounds good I can look past the so-so reviews. Just sometimes though!

      -Lauren

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