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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic is all about online resources for book lovers, and honestly I’m one of those people who is pretty content with just Goodreads. For those that don’t know, Goodreads is pretty much an online tracker for books, and a place to share reviews and keep track of TBRs. However, Goodreads is also pretty static and not really super modern or good at updating their interface or features.
I know there are some other options out there, but I’m personally still pretty stuck to Goodreads, so I just made this wishlist of 7 features I wish Goodreads would implement (or improve upon). Here we go:
This is an obvious one and I think the one most people have been wishing for the longest. As someone who uses half stars all the time, it’s super annoying to always have to rate differently in Goodreads, because do you rate a 4,5 star books 4 or 5 stars? This change can’t be that difficult to implement, right?
More personal, customisable yearly challenges
Sure, there is the trusty Goodreads Reading Challenge, but that only keeps track of a total number of books you want to read per year. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could create some more fun, personal challenges and keep track of them in Goodreads? Like for example: Read 10 graphic novels this year / Read 5 800+ page books this year / Read 5 non-fiction books this year / …
How fun would it be if Goodreads would keep track of memories and you could share them, sort of like on Instagram? Like “On this day, 10 years ago, you were reading Twilight”. It’d be perfect for nostalgia reasons and could remind you of nice books you maybe want to re-read now.
Statistics and Charts
Look, I love looking at pretty charts and having my reading life broken down in nice little stats and I’m sure I’m not the only one. The data is all there in Goodreads, so give us some pretty charts please!
Better Search Tool
Seriously, how difficult is this search tool? If you spell one letter wrong in the entire title, it just doesn’t find your book but will give you 10 suggestions that are even less relevant to the title you entered. This is just soooo annoying.
Look, it’s the streaming era. A personalised recommendation page in the style of Netflix would be amazing and I never needed anything more. More books if you love enemies-to-lovers. Because you love Annette Marie, try these. Books set in libraries. Because you love dragons. And so on, and so on.
Bulk editing your shelves
Not sure if this already exists and I’m just totally missing it, but I have no way to bulk edit my shelves. I’ve been wanting to clean up my TBR shelf, but I need to remove every book one at a time. And then my list moves back up so I have to scroll all the way down again just to remove another book. So annoying!