I spend a lot of time on Goodreads, browsing reviews, writing reviews, and looking for new books to read. And although I don’t spend a ton of time interacting with other users (even online, I’m shy!) I can’t help but notice that there are five people you meet on Goodreads…

The reader with a better bookshelf than you. Their shelves are packed with Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestsellers, and literary fiction that could double as a doorstop. They think anyone who enjoys Dan Brown is a plebeian and they don’t mind telling you so.

The five people you meet on Goodreads: the reader with a better bookshelf than you

The reader who is still stuck on that one book they read three years ago. Nothing else can measure up and accordingly most of what they read will be rated two or three stars and bemoaned as a poor replica. They’re so over all the Katniss clones, cheap Night Circuses, and would-be Gone Girls. Can someone please write something original and good for them already? They’re getting a little bored over here.

The five people you meet on Goodreads: the reader who is still stuck on that one book they read three years ago

The reader who is such a fan. They’re full of GIFs and OTPs and OMGs and flails. They heart all the books and they’re dying waiting for the next book by their favorite author to come out.

The five people you meet on Goodreads: the reader who is such a fan

The reader who comments at length on every review they disagree with. Get ready, because they’re going to explain exactly why you’re wrong. (And you just know that you are.)

The five people you meet on Goodreads: the reader who comments at length on every review they disagree with

The reader who doesn’t “do” stars. Because, as they’re happy to explain, often and in great detail, a three-star rating makes no sense. Why would you rate a book only three-fifths readable? Either a book is worth recommending or it’s not.

The five people you meet on Goodreads: the reader who doesn't "do" stars

If I’m honest, I’m one of the people you meet on Goodreads too—I’m probably #2! (Okay, okay, I am #2.) What about you—are you one of the people on my list? Or another type altogether?

7 Comments on The five people you meet on Goodreads

  1. Hahaha, ok so right now I am a n00b but I suspect I will settle into one of these catagories one day. I have a horrible suspicion I will lean a little bit towards one but with a healthy dose of three. I distinctly remember lecuring someone on a train for saying Stephanie Meyer is a good writer, and have compaired reading Dan Brown to a eating greasy pizza (but I’ve still read his books!).

  2. I’m reading this post and literally nodding my head to each and every person you’ve described here LOL. This is such a relatable post, and you’ve definitely nailed all the different types of people on Goodreads. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! <3

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