I am new to Goodreads, so I have been over there trying to figure how the forums are run and what the reviews are like. When I first started this blog, I had no idea about Goodreads. I am an avid reader and joined a book club, called Random Readers, so that I could explore many genres that I might not have been otherwise exposed to. I also decided that I would do a book review on my blog every time I reviewed a new book. I try to be most judicious with my reviews. I want others to enjoy the books I enjoyed and to know my thoughts on books they might enjoy but we might not agree on.
I was told that Goodreads was a great place for readers and writers to connect, so one of the first groups that I joined was called Making Connections. I am finding that these readers and writers are most helpful and supportive. I am glad I joined for that reason.
I have a complaint that I feel needs to be made public, a rant if you will:
One of my most serious concerns with Goodreads has to do with reader reviews, which all of us authors recognize as supremely important. However, I am finding that readers are posting juicy details of books that I might like to read and spoiling it for me. I see that there is a way to hide reviews if they have spoilers and I am hoping that this is the author’s prerogative. I recognize that readers may simply be all caught up in what they perceive is a good thing, and that is wonderful! Some are inadvertantly reavealing too much detail, I’m sure, probably not even conscious that they are revealing too much, but some just seem downright mean spirited about it.
I found a book that I loved the cover for, and the book description was quite enticing. I thought that I should like to read it. I read a few reviews, and was very disappointed at the spoilers which seriously ruined it for me. It was a murder mystery. I learned who did it, how they did it, and what the consequences were. Why bother reading the book? It was a rather nasty rant from someone who obviously did not enjoy the book. I might have liked it, because sometimes I do like what others find disturbing.
I don’t know if I am going to like this Goodreads thing. I want to learn the juicy details on my own. So don’t spoil it for me or other readers.