Sometimes, maybe not often, maybe not rarely, but sometimes, you finish a book. You log it on GoodReads and then you get an email.
“You’ve just finished Never Let Me Go. Here are some ideas on what you can do next.” “You finished One Last Stop. What’s next?” “You’ve just finished The Anthropocene Reviewed.… And so on and so forth.
Today I’m going to look at some of these recommendations and see if GR really cares and pays attention to the kinds of books that I might actually like, or is it just spewing the same sponsored content it does for everybody else?
For The Anthropocene Reviewed the first couple of books are The Midnight Library, She Who Must Not Be Named’s mystery book, (can you block an author on GR?) Talking To Strangers, and The Mars Room. Other than the terf’s book, I can see why some of these were rec’d. There’s probably a decent number of Nerdfighters who are readers and would love something like Midnight Library. I myself am mildly interested but I’m not going to go out of my way to get it. Like if I found it while I was walking through the library I’d pick it up, but I’m not going to buy it unless I read it and love it and also magically have more space on my bookshelf.
I don’t want Talking To Strangers, but I can see why that might have a Nerdfighter vibe. The Mars Room Looks interesting; it’s about a women’s prison in CA. I placed a request for it at the library but it had that weird mark where they say “We’ve heard of it, but we may not have it” so I have to wait and see if it goes though. Why do libraries list books they don’t have? Just admit you’re not a good library and do better.
It also lists The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice And Virtue, which I read a few years ago and enjoyed it at the time, but now that I’ve read more queer books (made queer books my life) I’d like to go back and see if my perception changes. I did not like Loki by the same author, and I LOVE Loki. Which is probably why I’m reluctant to allow just anyone to use him as a character. (Should I review the series here?)
There’s also a few children’s books… Why? Do they just not know how to promote children’s book so they just throw it wherever?
I hope you enjoyed this little installment! Do you look at GR’s emails or nah? Have you ever found anything worth reading on those lists?