I like Goodreads, I really do. It’s a good way for authors to make their books known, to interact with other readers and writers, and to discover and keep track of books from every kind of writer out there. However, I fear it is turning into an I’m-going-to-spam-everyone’s-inbox-with-promos-events-and-groups-about-me website. Just about every time I log into Goodreads I have at least one notification waiting for me telling me about some book event that I don’t care about. I can’t remember the last time I talked to a person on Goodreads.
When I first started getting friend requests on Goodreads I thought “oh, yay, people like my work and want to be my friend to see when more comes out!” WRONG! As it turns out, they just want to advertise their own work to me. I’m fine with that, mostly. However, one especially annoying occurrence started with an invite to an author’s personal group, which I respectfully declined. It was for a romance author, and I don’t read romance. For the next three days she sent me a request to join her group! I was forced to remove her as a friend! It just amazes me that people can be so self-centered about these things that even when we say no they have to keep trying to shove it down our throats.
Well, that came out much more rant-y than I thought it would. Anyway, I like Goodreads, but some of these authors just bug the hell out of me!