Up until a couple of weeks ago, it was either Goodreads or nothing for everyone in the online book community who wanted to organise and share their bookish thoughts on a large platform.
However, quite a lot of us via Twitter suddenly came across a couple of other platforms and apps rivalling Goodreads that had the potential to give us what we wanted out of GR, and are not run by the big ‘A’ corporation that likes to control everything.
One app is BookSloth which gives you a greater scope when writing reviews, letting you select and highlight specific elements (story, world building, writing style, characters, romance, perspective etc), and it just feels nicer in general.
The second is StoryGraph and the main focus of this post because I am loving it so much and I am very close to ditching GR for it.
There are similar functions such as setting a reading goal, searching for challenges, and making to-read lists but its other capabilities are what make it stand out.
It is cleaner
Everything is nicely organised, accessible and simple without being basic. You are not being overwhelmed with too much information on one page and it is nicer to look at.
“Ordered For You” function
I won’t add in screenshots of this as I want to visit this more in a later post but this is a great function whereby it recommends and finds books that are tailored to your personal reading preferences. On signing up, you fill in this survey about your tastes and preferences and “Ordered For You” is then collated from the analysis of that survey.
I’m loving how it looks so far as it certainly takes the personal mood and tastes to heart with these books and I can see it in the books it is recommending me, some of which I know about and are on my to-read lists and others that are completely new.
You can see a breakdown of your reading stats
This is accessed pretty easily from your profile page and once you’ve selected your filter for the year and month, it provides you with a set breakdown of statistics in the form of pie charts:
Mood of those books:
The page numbers
Fiction vs Non Fiction
(All the stats you see are mine for this year so far)
Star Ratings and the review process.
The biggest impact of StoryGraph is the ability to rate using half and even quarter stars, and it really tailors the review process around different aspects that would recommend a book to other readers.
You tick boxes connected to the mood of the book and its pacing, and there are drop down options for aspects such as character development, diversity of the cast, whether or not you loved the characters, and if character flaws are centre-stage.
There is certainly a wider scope to the reviews and that will help with the “Ordered For You” function and improve that whole recommendation process for other readers.
The ability to mark a book as DNFed
A brilliant function for those of us who do DNF books. You go to the book’s personal page, go to the drop down tab and simply click “Did Not Finish.” You can then choose to add an explanation as to why you decided to DNF the book. It is a relatively simple function but it saves the faff of having to create specific shelves like Goodreads makes you do.
Of course there are more aspects to it, but these stand out to me and make it a site I will use more regularly. Also, as a website that is still on Beta testing and has received a huge influx of users over the past couple of weeks, I am very impressed by how it is being managed and the care that is being made for it to be the primary resource for book recommendations and organisation. If something happens with Goodreads that makes me start disliking it more, then it is goodbye to that platform. StoryGraph is where it is at!
Have you looked into StoryGraph?
If so, what stands out to you?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!