5 Improvements That Goodreads Needs To Make (In My Opinion)

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.

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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!

Eleanor May

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  1. September 7, 2017 / 10:01 am

    Definitely agree about the half stars! I wrote a post about my opinion on star book ratings and half stars was the thing that cropped up again and again and again in the comments. It would make things so much easier and more accurate! I also agree that Goodreads isn’t the prettiest of websites. Although that doesn’t bother me, we’re all suckers for a nice aesthetic aren’t we? xx

  2. September 7, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    I actually made a separate shelf for DNFs – you can make a shelf exclusive so they don’t end up in to-be-read or read or currently reading. I would personally love half stars as well, but I don’t think they’ll ever introduce them. They said something about 5 options being easier to choose from than 10, so fewer people would rate books. I’m not sure how that works.

  3. September 8, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    Nice article thanks for sharing with us

  4. September 9, 2017 / 7:23 am

    very good and interesting article 🙂

  5. September 14, 2017 / 7:28 am

    I agree with you all the way, especially on the half stars!

  6. September 14, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Amen on the half-stars! I get so frustrated trying to decide on ratings without that option!

  7. September 20, 2017 / 3:11 am

    Great list! I’d love to see a half-star option and to tag books as unfinished. I have a separate shelf for the latter, but I still mark it as un-read in a review ’cause books can only be marked as read. The aesthetics of the site could use some sprucing up too.

  8. Ruth
    January 5, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    YES! I need half stars.
    I created my own bookshelf for DNF (did not finish ) and I just leave them starless.

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