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

  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.

    1. 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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