By: Melanie | September 27, 2013 | (23) Comments

discussing through midnight

This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.


Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the recent Goodreads policy. If you have been hiding under a rock: basically Goodreads is censoring many reviewers’ reviews and shelves that seem offensive to authors. While I have not been censored, this is completely not okay at all so I felt like it was time to make a post about what I am planning to do about the recent drama.

Ever since the new poilicy when public last Friday, many loyal Goodreaders are moving to Booklikes which is like an ugly Goodreads Tumblr. First impressions aren’t looking too great… So what am I going to be doing? Am I following the crowd?

Answer: Yes and no. I have created a Booklikes account but I have not imported any of my shelves or books over. I am still crazily active on Goodreads, because I mean. IT’S MY HOME. I haven’t been in the book world as long as many of you guys but I am still trying to get the fact into my head that Goodreads is becoming cruel to it’s users. I think I’ll stay on Goodreads for the time being and if every one of my bloggy friends leaves to Booklikes, I’ll move too. Not because I want to follow the crowd but because I don’t want to be out of touch with my friends.

Moreover, I’d just like to have a little rant about Goodreads’ policy.

Firstly, originally was a place for readers across the world to share their thoughts on books and recommend books to others. The whole censorshisp is going agains their own original motives because look! We’re all packing our bags an leaving. Why? Censoring means not being able to express our thoughts, taking away shelves that could be helpful to other members is not fine at all. It’s the author’s own fault for creating a Goodreads account and looking at the reviews, Goodreads is not for aimed for authors. It was aimed for readers. It’s also the author’s own fault if he/she was badly behaving. Out of all the author-reader dramas, most started because a reader rated the author’s book lowly and the author became upset/angry/whatever. Us readers are entitled to our own thoughts, just like writers are entitled to write about anything. Furthermore, Goodreads censoring us reviewers can also be a bad thing for authors. There are many who appreciate what reviewers have to say as long as it’s not directly targetting the author themselves. People learn from their mistakes, and authors can’t learn from their mistakes if Goodreads is just being mumma bear, hiding all the reality.

*end rant*

Find me on Booklikes here. Like I said in one of my posts before, I’ll follow back if your not secretly a creepo stalker. Sorry to all those who I haven’t gotten round to following! I’m kinda still getting used to BL…

So that’s me, what do you think about the new Goodreads policy? Are you moving to Booklikes?

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23 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (9): Booklikes

  1. Tanja says:

    I was surprised with some moments here. I do not agree with Goodreads but I’m not leaving that place. I mean have seen some really offensive reviews but still it’s reviewer’s place and he/she can use it however they seem fitting. The thing they lack manners is something else. But when it comes to Booklikes I really don’t like that place. I actually created a profile a while ago when I got invitation from them. I just connected with my GR page but no I’m not using it. Anyhow I just hope GR will come to their senses. We’ll see.
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  2. Nara says:

    I really dislike the interface of Booklikes. I find it hard to use, and yeah, it’s kind of the ugly lovechild of Tumblr and Goodreads. Also, I made an account, didn’t like it, and then tried to delete the account and it FREAKING WOULDN’T LET ME DELETE MY ACCOUNT. So yeah, I don’t like you Booklikes…

    While I don’t approve of the Goodreads censorship, I don’t care enough to move to another shelving site. I’m sticking with GR, it’s just what I’m used to.
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  3. Ugh, why is drama everywhere? Fabulous post, Melanie. 🙂

  4. Amelia says:

    Man, I love Goodreads too much but I also love my Goodreads friends. I agree with Johanna, why is it? I really hope, like you mentioned that I don’t end up on Booklikes because no one else is using GR anymore

  5. Stepanie B says:

    Honestly, now that Amazon owns Goodreads, I wouldn’t mind moving to a different site but Goodreads just happens to be the most functional. Booklikes is slow (not a slow as some other places, but slower than Goodreads) and searching for a book is less than convenient…. That said, it’s the best substitute for Goodreads I’ve seen thus far. Booklikes seems more profile based whereas Goodreads is more community based.
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    • Melanie says:

      I’m more interested in connecting with others and Goodreads makes that very convenient. While I don’t want to say Goodbye to all my GR now BL friends, I don’t wanna leave GR.

  6. I hate Booklikes.. The idea of Tumblr is okay, but I just don’t like the interface. I just prefer Goodreads even when I don’t completely agree with their policy. I’m not going away, but I’ve made a Booklikes account for people who left GR.
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  7. I’m not a fan of Booklikes at all. I agree, it’s totally an ugly Goodreads Tumblr. And I don’t use Tumblr except to look for gifs because I’m not really a big fan of the layout. I made an account and imported my shelves at Booklikes (which takes close to a week to process) but I doubt I’ll ever use it. I tried a few times, but I just can’t get the hang of it, and I’m pretty computer savvy. It’s kind of an annoying setup.

    But…like you said, if everyone moves, I am going to feel almost obligated because I don’t want to be out of touch with bloggy friends. For now, I’m going to be at Goodreads until it’s completely abandoned. Hopefully that won’t be the case.
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  8. I’m on goodreads but I honestly don’t use it much. I’ve reviewed some books there, and I’ve added some things to my to-read list, but most of my book love is found elsewhere. I do hate that people are having their reviews, etc. censored. It’s like book banning; people should have the right to express their opinion as long as it’s not threatening to another person.
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  9. I’ve signed up for BookLikes but don’t think I’ll stick with it. Goodreads hasn’t done anything to me so I’ll be staying. It’s taken me DAYS to transfer all my stuff to BookLikes just in case I want to move so we’ve gotten off to a bad start. I just don’t think I’ll like it.

    Great post, Melanie! <3
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  10. Giselle says:

    I tried booklikes a while back and again a few days ago and I just don’t like it. The interface is just not my thing and it’s a lot harder to socialize I find. I’ll be sticking with Goodreads I think it could blow over and we’ll all come to some compromise. The last thing GR wants is to lose all its reviewers, too. Glad not everyone’s leaving me alone on there haha. My blog is my primary source to express myself and GR I use more to track books and quickly read what everyone says about a particular book etc.
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    • Melanie says:

      Same here, Giselle. I do all the connecting and main reviewing on my blog and find more books and other’s thoughts on GR and connect through Twitter. I don’t think BL really enables as much effiency in finding new books or other’s reviews. I’ve only been on a couple of times and it’s just really hard to navigate through

  11. Ariella says:

    Hmm I don’t really like Booklikes either. Too much like Tumblr and not easy enough to use. Anyways, I followed you a while back and I’m still getting used to Booklikes myself! I haven’t really been on there at all ’cause I don’t really like the platform 😛
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  12. ladysaotome says:

    Have you read this:
    There are 2 sides to every story & while censorship isn’t good, GoodReads seems to be caught between a rock & a hard place. (read the comments, too.)

    • Melanie says:

      Yes, I read that post. There were previously links to the reviews he was talking about and they were targetted at my co-blogger and GR friends of mine. I think even he was talking about my review of SG as well. The reviews were just trying to help other’s readers become aware of what they were going into if they read SG

  13. Shelly says:

    Even though I don’t like the new policy, I love the layout and style of goodreads. I’m not sure about making the change though, it seems a little too early! Good luck getting used to BookLikes!
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  14. I haven’t been censored either and have been trying to stay out of the drama. Haven’t tried booklikes yet but it will take a lot for me to move over… I feel like I have invested so much in Goodreads. It will be good to see what booklikes is about though.

  15. I think it’s ridiculous that Goodreads is censoring. I hate censorship anyway, but c’mon, Goodreads! The point of reviewing is to EXPRESS OUR OPINIONS. And, like I’ve said a million times, opinions are like buttholes…everybody has one. Goodness!
    I may be creating a Booklikes account in the very near future, but for now I’m just too attached to Goodreads! I don’t do well with change, and I’ve been on it for 2 years lol. I need to gripe and grumble a bit before I can handle moving to somewhere else, lmao!
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  16. Lyn Kaye says:

    I am one who jumped ship. I think GR isn’t going to do a think to try to attract back the members. I do miss it, but I just couldn’t do it any longer.
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