kris’ good reads expedition: diary entry 1

If anyone with with a first name beginning with R ever tells you that Good Reads is something that you can do pretty easily (for eg add 300 books in 30 mins) do NOT believe them because it’s a BIG, FAT LIE!


My advice. Back slowly away, smile to placate them, then turn around and run like hell!

Note: I have now updated this post title to better reflect my experiences as an intrepid explorer boldly going where no sane reader has gone before.

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64 Responses to kris’ good reads expedition: diary entry 1

  1. Tam says:

    I vaguely remember that claim. I've never even looked at that site. Should I or should I join you in backing away?

  2. Tracy says:

    I LOVE Goodreads. Yes, it is particularly daunting when first getting on there and attempting to add your books, but once that's done it's vera nice.

    I tried Shelfari and that was just horrid. I'd rather stick a white hot needle in my eye. Not to get too graphic or anything. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. K. Z. Snow says:

    Yikes, I can't be bothered with it.

    But that cat reminded me of The Princess Bride, which made me smile-smile-smile (chuckle, even).

    Funny how things happen. You posted about something entirely different, which I've already forgotten, because now I'm sitting here thinking about lines and scenes from that movie!

    Tomorrow, post something that makes me think of the poem “Jabberwocky,” or anything from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Okay? That, too, makes me smile.

    Thanks, Kris!

  4. Kris says:

    Tam, if you were any kind of friend you would be supporting me by joining in. In other words, if I have to do it so do you.

  5. Kris says:

    I don't believe you, Tracy. Not. At. All.

    So are you suggesting that I thank she-who-shall-go-unnamed for steering me in the direction of Good Reads as opposed to Shelfari?? I don't think so.

  6. Kris says:

    Believe me, K Z, I don't want to be bothered by it either!

    I'm glad I made you smile. I love that movie too, and I will see what I can do about your other request. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Lily says:

    I'm really enjoying Goodreads.

    It takes time to add books in, especially if you have a lot, but once you add friends as you interact you'll see their books and you can add them at that time. Or if you have your books listed on Excel you can import them.

    It's a fun way to meet and talk with others about books.

  8. Kris says:

    “It's a fun way to meet and talk with others about books.”

    O_o See my comment to Tracy.

    BTW, I'm also blaming you for not warning about how time consuming it was. *hmpf!*

  9. Ingrid says:

    It's a fun way to meet and talk with others about books.
    I don't have more time to talk to any more new friends if I want to keep reading as well

  10. orannia says:

    I've been invited to join..and now I'm having second thoughts! I think I might stick with Library Thing for now ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Kris says:

    Ingrid: Good point. *wonders if it's not too late to change her mind*

    Orannia: Don't think you're getting out of it that easily, girly!

  12. Merwan says:

    I think it could be much more functional. For example, from your My Books page which lists your library, you can't drag books into a “shelf” or change them from one shelf to another (from to-read to read for eg.) easily. You have to go to each one of the book's page separately and *then* edit the “shelves” one book at a time. I find it extremely annoying, and I don't bother “shelving” my books anymore…

    Apart from that, and the fact that authors rate their own books (5-stars, always 5-stars), I like it. I haven't added my entire library yet, but I'm slowly getting there. =)

  13. Ingrid says:

    I hardly read any paper books as it is. Adding one more site to update would keep me from reading even more.

    Besides I donยดt own a lot of books. Most came from library.

  14. Kris says:

    Merwan: I was wondering about the shelves. I had added nearly 400 books before I realised that I should've shelved them at the same time. Whoopsy.

    I noticed authors doing that as well as writing reviews for their own books which I must admit made me stare at the screen intently for a few seconds in disbelief. Weird.

    How long have you been at it if you don't mind me asking??

  15. Jenre says:

    This is why I haven't bothered to join. The set up sounded a nightmare and I have better things to do.

    I find it difficult enough to keep up with my blog, twitter and the reviews I do for Wave without adding yet another time suck.

    Good luck with it, m'dear!

  16. Kris says:

    Ingrid: You bring up a really important issue, which I was going to ask via my next diary entry and that relates to how the virtual and actual bookshelves are meant to corelate.

  17. Kris says:

    Jen: “I find it difficult enough to keep up with my blog, twitter and the reviews I do for Wave without adding yet another time suck.”

    Right on, except I don't do that much for Wave any more in terms of reviews. I should probably do something about that.

    In my mind Good Reads will be my version of Twitter. Sort of – and granted I won't be talking about what day I am in my cycle and stuffs.

  18. Jenre says:

    but it's so much fun to know which of your favourite authors are just popping off to the shops! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Merwan says:

    I've only been on Goodreads for about a month, and I'm adding books as I read them so I can rate them properly and post the occasional (short) review while the book's still fresh in my memory. I like how easy it is to rate and review books there.

    I've also been adding my favorites (new and old), for which I've created a custom shelf (the exception to my no-shelving rule). Some day, I'll have to add all the “old” books I've read, but for now I'm taking things slow.

    Also, I've been wasting time adding books on their database, and correcting the ones that have incomplete/incorrect information, which eats up my time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Kris says:

    Jen, it would be even funner if they were writing something!

    Merwan: I must admit that I also found the rating system pretty easy once I got into it. I really like your idea about just shelving your favourites too. I might steal it from you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Ingrid says:

    Jen: “I find it difficult enough to keep up with my blog, twitter and the reviews I do for Wave without adding yet another time suck.”
    Lol, your hubby is complaining already re his post from a few weeks ago. You donยดt want to upset him even more!

  22. Jenre says:

    Ingrid: That's true :).

  23. Sean Kennedy says:

    Look for me! I'm on there.

    And authors really rate their own books? Jeebus, if you're that desperate to have a review, make a frakking sockpuppet.

  24. Tam says:

    I think I'm with Ingrid, I don't really need another time suck and I don't want more friend. ๐Ÿ˜›

    I also don't like rating books. I just either loved it, liked it, meh or hated it. Very few in the latter category. And sometimes the line between like and meh is blurry. Whatever, I enjoy 99.5% of what I read to some degree.

    I'm on Facebook, no twitter, that's enough for me right now. I can't keep up with the blogs I do visit regularly, most aren't book related but friends.

  25. I am beyond addicted to Good Reads! So much fun ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. nichem says:

    *tiptoes in and carefully peeks around the corner*

    Umm, is it okay to come out now, or am I still going to die? ๐Ÿ˜›

    It's really not that bad is it? Hmm, maybe I thought it was easy 'cause I just used other people's lists and didn't actually shelf any books or anything hard like that. *ponders*

    But, yay, you're there now!

  27. Kris says:

    Sean: Cool. When I'm done you better be my friend or else!

    Tam: Since I'm not someone who likes to rate, the degress of my liking a book or thinking a book was okay is something that I also intend to post about.

  28. Kris says:

    KB: Fun? Fun???!!!! I better come to that bit soon or…

    Nichem: YOU!!!!!! Don't yay me!

  29. Just wait. Goodread is precious… my precious.

  30. Kris says:

    I hate waiting. *pouts*

  31. Ingrid says:

    Kris, I thought of something else.

    Do you add books on Goodreads that you have read but that you don't want to admit to have read?

    Like every book Barbara Cartland has ever written ie

  32. Kris says:

    LOL. You do now, Ingrid, cos otherwise I'm telling. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I guess it's really up to you. I have been adding the ones where I've remebered what I thought of 'em. Good or bad.

  33. Ingrid says:

    I have never read barbara cartland ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Kris says:

    Sure you haven't.

  35. Ingrid says:

    Really no, she isnยดt/wasnยดt all that popular in NL. Itยดs so british.

  36. Kris says:

    VERY British. I vaguely recall reading one when I was pretty young?? Or maybe that was a Victoria Holt.

  37. Chris says:

    I'm just going to stay in my happy little LibraryThing world, thank you very much. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Kris says:

    Chris, I'm still wondering when the fun is meant to start. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  39. Kris says:

    Indeed. Let this be a lesson to you, fellow Chris. These biatches lie in order to suck you into their virtual hell of shelving, reviews, stars and updates. Once entered, there can be no escape.

  40. Ingrid says:


    Last time I looked this was still a free world. You dont have to go there

  41. Kris says:

    Ingrid, I. Am. Not. A. Quitter!!!! Plus I would get disowned. Plus other people joined at the same time and I would feel guilty. Plus IkindatalkedtheMummaintojoingtoo.

    Chris: See! See how they are!! Free world, my arse! AND they turn you into a lemming. And they get you to con other people into joining the insanity.

    My theory is that their power increases as more readers join up and add their stars and words. It's all part of their evil plan to take over the world. I'm sure of it.

  42. Chris says:

    Hmm. Trying to lure you over to LibraryThing doesn't sound like it'd be successful at this point, because then I'd be them, too. A different them, but them.

  43. Kris says:

    You're saying you're a them too?!?!.


    I was right!! You thems are like zombies! First it's a 'come and check this out and play with us', then it's a small nibble, and before you know it IT'S THE FUCKING ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE AND WHO CARES ABOUT READING THEN ANYWAYS COS IT'S ALL ABOUT BRAINS!

  44. Chris says:

    Books, brains, what's the diff? ;P

  45. Kris says:

    You've already begun your zombification. There is no hope for you.

  46. Chris says:

    Oh, come on now, aren't you curious about what's on my bookshelf at librarything? Mmm?

  47. Kris says:

    *trout stare*

  48. Chris says:

    *wide-eyed innocence*

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