Stop & Chat is a weekly discussion post here at Read. Sleep. Repeat. where we talk about what ever tickles my fancy!
This week’s Stop & Chat post was inspired by my current frustration with Goodreads.
Do you take recommendations seriously?
Look I have nothing against friends recommending a book to me, but lately I have been receiving recommendations from total strangers. And not just strangers, people who don’t have a single book in common with me?
I love when my friends leave a cool suggestion on one of my reviews (because they seem similar) or on twitter because I have a book hangover, but I’m not sure I trust Goodreads recommendations.
Let me count the ways!
For one, I DON’T KNOW YOU! Yes I understand that most of my internet friends are “strangers” but I don’t call just anyone my friend. My internet friends know my reading style. Not to mention they know I will come after them if they suggested a crappy book.
Another thing is, how did you even find me on Goodreads? We aren’t friends, we have NO books in common, I haven’t commented on any of your reviews, and we live in different COUNTRIES! I like making new friends, but I like to ease into that kind of stuff.
Lastly what’s up with all the authors who recommend their books on Goodreads! I get publicity and all that jazz but how does spamming every Goodreads account you see equate to good publicity? I don’t even read clown stories but alas you are recommending it to me! They can’t really think that’s the way to promote their blood, sweat, and tears?!?
Anywho those are my pet peeves.
Do you take rec’s seriously? What are your pet peeves?
Leave your answers in the comments!