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Beyond that, I don’t get it.
I think part of it is I don’t have a phone. Every now and again on Twitter I see that so-and-so is on page 157 of some-great-book, and I can only assume that you’re prompted to update your status when you leave a reading app. If I wanted to do that, I’d have to get up the stairs to the computer and manually enter the page number—ain’t nobody got time for that. More than that, I just don’t care. Keeping track of page numbers does not seem valuable to me in the long run.
(On that note, since Goodreads belongs to Amazon, I assume I might get these prompts someday on my Kindle. Oh joy.)
Secondly, I’m not really a review girl. It’s weird that I follow so many book blogs, because they generally don’t compel me to read anything new. I skim. Looking at my reading log, most books I read last year I had owned but never read, reread, was assigned to read by a teacher, or had randomly picked up at the store or library. I once said covers don’t compel me to read books, and that’s true—a cover alone gives me no desire to open it; however, they do put a foot in the door. I have to flip open a book, get a feel for it, before I decide to read it, which is why it’s easier to just tell me your favorite titles and their summaries, rather than reviewing the whole thing.
Also, I have a ton of reading material at home. I packed away all my books for a basement renovation, and since then I’ve been given like, fifteen new books. I’m not exactly dying for recommendations.
On that note, I’m a library girl and a BookBub girl. I like to touch the books I’m going to read, I like to get a sense of the theme, and I also like being uncommitted. It usually is that I don’t finish library books that I check out. Most of them aren’t worth my time, so I just send them back. I didn’t buy them, so it’s not my loss.
My last thing is that spreadsheets are better. For me. Goodreads has a method, and it works. I am all into sorting things. Pinterest is just the beginning. I am a sorter at heart, and so putting the books you’ve read onto shelves is cute and everything, but it’s also not what I’m interested in. I’m a rereader. I don’t just want to know what I’ve read, but how many times I’ve read it, how much I read on a monthly basis, and whether I’d read it again. I don’t need all the bells and whistles Goodreads has to keep track of the things that matter to me.
My skepticism boils down to this: I don’t care. Don’t really care about what you’re reading, don’t really care about what you say about it, don’t really care about sorting my books, don’t really care about being social. And everything I do care about boils down to six columns in a spreadsheet—I don’t need Goodreads.
I mean, I understand the concept, but I still don’t get it. Malevolent reader out.