Goodreads - John C. Kirk — LiveJournal
Jun. 25th, 2011
12:35 pm - Goodreads
Back in June 2008, I looked at some book review websites. My basic goal was "the equivalent of Flixter for books". Unfortunately, none of the websites that I tried really fitted the bill. More recently, I've been looking at Goodreads, and that seems a lot better.
Going through my original wishlist of features:
|Notifications on Facebook?||Don't know||No||No||Yes (but spams)||Yes|
|Reviews available outside Facebook?||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Friends' reviews given priority?||Don't know||No||No||No||Yes|
|All editions treated as single book?||Yes||No||Yes||No||No|
|Tracks what I've read rather than what I own?||No||Yes||No||Not exactly||Yes|
(BookRabbit had such a horrible interface that I never registered, so I'm not sure about all of its functionality.)
So, Goodreads looks pretty good. The only grey area is editions, but it merges the reviews together, so that's not too bad. It's not perfect, but it's good enough that I'm using it as my primary place to review books, so I won't be doing "Recently read" summaries here anymore. I'll only post blog posts about books if I want to talk about something in great depth.
My account is here:
Here are the books I've read recently (the best possible score is 5 stars):
- Smile (Raina Telgemeier): 4 stars.
- The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror (Christopher Moore): 3 stars.
- I Left My Tent in San Francisco (Emma Kennedy): 4 stars.
- A Tiny Bit Marvellous (Dawn French): 2 stars.
- Johnny Red (Titan comics): 3 stars.
- It's All about the Bike (Robert Penn): 3 stars.
- Taken (Edward Bloor): 2 stars.
- The Postman (David Brin): 3 stars.
- The Devil You Know (Mike Carey): 4 stars.
- InterWorld (Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves): 3 stars.
- The City & The City (China Miéville): 1 star.