I absolutely love Goodreads. It’s a place to connect bookworms all over the world. However, there are a few changes that I would make to the site to make it a little more user-friendly and more fun.
Something that I absolutely love about Goodreads is there shelves. You can organise all the books into different shelves such as ‘books to read’, ‘books you hated’ and anything else that you can possibly think of.
However, it could be better.
1. Half Stars.
There’s been so many times when I’ve gone to rate a book but I can’t decide between two ratings. Take Fruits Basket for example, I wanted to rate it a 4.5 star book but hey, Goodreads doesn’t give you that option. And there is a huge difference between a book that’s 3.5 stars and a book that’s just 3 stars. Huge. And don’t even get me started on the books that are worth more than 4 but not quite 5.
2. Links to ‘bonus’ content for books.
I’m going to be honest here. I’m lazy. Very lazy. I don’t want to have to go searching the internet for interviews with the authors or fan art. I want it to all be there for me in one place so I don’t have to do any hard work. I want Goodreads to include interview links, artwork, and any updates. I want to know everything and I want it all handed to be on a plate because as I said, I’m lazy.
3. Adding a little more ‘social’ to social media.
I would like a search that matches you with all other GoodReads users based on your book list, with or without regional matching. I really want more friends that read. I am nosey. I want to see what everyone else is reading and steal their book recommendations.
4. An “abandoned” or “did not finish” option.
Surely we all read books that are just shockingly bad. We can’t love all stories. So where on Goodreads to we put these books. Do they go in ‘read’? Do they go in ‘want to read’? What about ‘currently reading’? I just want to know where we store the abandoned books.
5. Make it prettier.
I’m a sucker for anything pretty and let’s be honest for a minute, the Goodreads sight isn’t the most ascetically pleasing. It looks old and basic. Us bookworms want colour and book photos. Come on Goodreads, get it together!