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StoryGraph vs. Goodreads

Hi there book bees! Today I want to talk about the hot topic of everybody moving to StoryGraph and leaving Goodreads.

By now, most people are aware of StoryGraph, a book tracking website that is currently in Beta and that a lot of people are moving to. I’m not going to make this an informative post though as I’m still getting used to StoryGraph and trying to decide whether I’ll be using it primarily or not. This post will be about my experiences with the website and how I’m finding things, what I like and don’t like.

First: Importing Goodreads library

Like everybody else, I began with importing my Goodreads library which took a few days. I appreciated the email updates that StoryGraph sends, telling you it may take some time and then alerting you when things are up. That being said, I’m minorly frustrated by the beta feature in which books are sorted by the year they are added, and you can’t really adjust those dates as of yet. My “books read” results are as a result messy because I haven’t read 57 books this year, and didn’t read 111 last year. I’m hoping this feature becomes easier to handle, and we’re able to adjust dates read soon.

The feature I was most excited for in the import process was pretty interesting. The graphs that are generated that tell you what sort of moods you read the most, the distribution of medium and fast and slow paced books, were cool. But I found they weren’t as comprehensive as I’d gotten the impression they were. The only ones that really stood out to me as useful were the moods chart and the pacing chart, and the pacing chart only slightly so. The pacing chart is interesting because I honestly haven’t really thought about assigning a “pace” to books, but beyond that I’m not sure the three part pie chart is really all that helpful. The moods chart is absolutely helpful and reveals a lot about reading style. All the other charts were, for me, unnecessary. I don’t track page numbers and I don’t really care what my distribution of fiction versus nonfiction is. I’d be far more interested in charts that reflect your genre distribution, or perhaps what kinds of authors you read.

Second: Find a Book feature

My “Ordered For You” section is still unavailable, but from what I can see of the find a book feature I do like the idea! Goodreads has been notoriously horrible at recommending books to me, probably because what I read varies so dramatically and the algorithm just can’t keep up. I like the idea of being able to filter recs based on what I’m actively in the mood for, and I like the filter choices StoryGraph offers so far.

Third: Reading Challenges

I have been trying to come up with a way to track reading challenges for myself, and honestly I haven’t done many specifically because I find it hard to keep myself accountable for them. The feature of having reading challenges–though admittedly not a lot of them–available on the website is definitely appealing!

Final Thoughts

I haven’t done a thorough exploration of all the available features on StoryGraph as of yet, partly due to the fact that their systems are overloaded and it’s been taking a few days at a time to unlock new features. I’m hoping to do an update on my thoughts on StoryGraph at some point, perhaps with more side by side comparisons with Goodreads. For now, I am still primarily using Goodreads but I see the potential in StoryGraph and I would be happy to switch over full time depending on where the beta features begin to lead!

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By Catherine

I'm a lover of books, coffee, wine, and bees. Happy to join the ranks of book bloggers everywhere!

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