Most popular Goodreads reviewers in the USA
I’m always looking for new paths to discovery of books to read.
After all, the challenge nowadays isn’t just finding books…it’s choosing them.
It used to be entirely possible that I would have read every book in, say, the science fiction section of my local bookstore…and I’d have to wait for them to get more.
The way it is today, the USA Kindle store averages more than 1,000 books added a day. My record is reading 3 1/2 novels in a day…I clearly can’t keep up. 🙂
The future is about curation: about finding someone (or conceivably, some other mechanism, like software or an aggregator of the opinions of a bunch of readers/reviewers) with whom you tend to agree.
Oh, or finding people with whom you consistently disagree. 🙂 That’s often been how I work with movie reviewers…I know some whose tastes are different from mine…if they don’t like something, I probably will.
One source for reviews is Goodreads, the social reading site (owned by Amazon).
You can “follow” someone’s reviews, so you find out when they post new ones.
Here’s the Goodreads page for the most popular reviewers in the USA:
You can, by the way, choose other countries (I have readers around the world).
The most popular reviewer this week (you can also pick other timeframes, including all time) is karen from Woodside, NY.
karen (sic) has 1,102 votes this week…which doesn’t seem like that many to me, given the number of users Goodreads has.
Looking at recent activity, karen is reading some books which might interest me.
For example, the first book I see is
Even though it’s from Random House, I hadn’t heard of it…that’s the discovery part.
I wouldn’t pay $9.99 for it…but, after I check it out a bit more, I might add it to my wish list. It has a 4.8 stars rating (out of 5) with 85 customer reviews, which is quite good.
I do like that sort of movie (although I tend to prefer movies which sincerely tried to be good, and weren’t), and I’ve liked books like The Worst Case Scenario survival series.
I have to admit, I would have to overcome my unreasonable reaction to karen’s use of all small case all the time (even the word “i”). However, I know that’s an emotional reaction, and shouldn’t affect my assessment of the content. For some people with certain disabilities, using the shift key is a challenge, and it could be that…although that isn’t my intuition.
Interestingly, Felicia Day, an actor and writer I enjoy (if you haven’t seen The Guild series, I recommend it…you’ll know quickly whether or not it is your cup of geekery), is #4 on the list.
I would have guessed that the list might be dominated by celebrities, but on reflection, I can see a strong reason why it might not be.
The most followed list is, but this one is based on the number of votes someone’s reviews get.
Celebrities, I assume, are probably not the ones who write the most reviews…and I think that’s probably a big factor.
karen has 2,022 reviews on Goodreads, and joined in April of 2007. Well, if we just call that 100 months, that’s an average of about 20 reviews a month…maybe one every one and a half days.
Felicia Day has written 560 reviews since December of 2007…a bit more than a quarter of the reviews.
Celebrities may simply be too busy, or may need to focus their creative output in potentially more revenue-generating places than Goodreads.
I understand that.
I’d love to write a review at Goodreads for every book I read, but I just don’t have the time and creative energy to do that.
I do some reviews there…you can follow me, if you like:
I have eight followers right now. 🙂
Totally understandable…I wouldn’t say I’m a great “citizen” of the Goodreads community. I only have so much time and energy, and I don’t prioritize it very highly. It’s a bit like Facebook: I know it would take a lot out of me if I started being active there, so I haven’t. I have a page, but it’s as stealth as I can possibly make it. I just have it so I can see pictures my adult kid posts. 🙂
I think it may be worth you taking a look at the top reviewers to see if there is one whose tastes align with yours.
I also do see quite a few books in my “friends” feed on Goodreads…I have a lot more friends than followers, although not so many of those, either.
How about you? Do you find things to read on Goodreads? If so, what mechanism there for you works the best? If not, how do you do book discovery? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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