Hey everyone! So I thought I would start a new meme (?? is that what you call it) on this blog, called Nerdy Notion. Basically it’s just gonna be weekly discussion/thoughtful bookish posts!
For today, I thought I would talk about why I don’t use Goodreads.
Goodreads is like the ultimate place for bookworms. Everyone active on the site lives and breathes books.
And I really did love it while I had it. Goodreads was perfect for me! I could get all of my book related feelings out, and I could read what others thought about books. Also, the site enabled me to keep track of what I was reading, and all my ratings/thoughts on books.
I used the site daily for over a year, until one day I realized it changed me a lot as a reader.
- I noticed I started to rush through books. My reading goal of 2015 was 100 books. That’s a lot for someone who is busy with sports and school. But I was so determined to finish my goal, that I started reading as fast as I could, to the point where I wasn’t reading carefully anymore. It’s a pain in the ass now, because there are a lot of books I didn’t read deeply, and now when I read the sequels, I don’t understand much. But just in general, it made me lose my appreciation for the books I was reading them, because the only reason I read them was to finish.
- Reading reviews sometimes changed my own opinions. This is kind of a weird (?) one. Not only did I write a lot of reviews, I also read a lot. Overtime, I realized that reading reviews sometimes ruined my reading experience. For instance, if I saw a friend write a long review about how horrible a book was, when I read it, I would tend to pick out the bad things, making the book much less enjoyable for me. Now, sometimes I go back and reread books I “hated” the first time around, and realize I like them way more than I thought. (i.e. The Raven Boys went from a 2 star rating to a 4 star rating)
- I felt pressured to read. I was friends with a lot of people who read 200+ books a year, (which still doesn’t fail to amaze me). I think seeing those people and their amazingness made me feel like a slow reader, and so I tried to read more. Again, that made me rush and not completely understand books, which caused even more problems for me.
…And, those are the 3 main reasons I decided to leave GR’s. I also should add that it was HELLA time consuming to write reviews multiple times a week, comment, and read other reviews. It made me focus a lot less on school, which resulted in some bad grades… (Don’t tell my Asian parents XD)
That said, I still think Goodreads is an amazing and wonderful site. It definitely has a lot of perks, and I know most people adore it.
But for me, I think I’ll stay off GR’s for a little bit. Truthfully, while I still miss my account, my reading comprehension has been off the charts, and I’ve really been enjoying the reading I’ve been doing.
If you use Goodreads, be sure to leave a comment about what you like and dislike about it! I’d love to hear what others think about it.