Initial Impressions: The StoryGraph

I love tracking my reading. I’ve used Goodreads for years. I have almost 1,000 books tracked on there. I read a lot so GR helps me remember & keep track of the books I’ve read & authors I want to try. I enjoy seeing the yearly breakdowns of my reading. But there are many features that really need to be fixed [1/2 stars & fixing the search and algorithm would be a good place to start].

The StoryGraph is new on the scene and it is a possible replacement for those looking to get away from Goodreads.

The StoryGraph came across my radar recently. It’s a new book tracking website that’s actually listening to reader & users and giving us what we actually want. [AND it’s not controlled by Amazon which is always a win]

Recommendations

Goodreads gives recommendations. They’re not always helpful or useful or on the right track. It’s typically algorithm based so the computer is pulling odd choices for recommendations a good portion of the time.

The StoryGraph will give you recommendations based on what you’re looking for right now.

Find a Book feature

I love Novelist [a library database] when giving library patrons recommendations because we can really fine tune the elements they’re looking for in a story. The StoryGraph takes a very similar approach and gives users a variety of search options.

You can even take a ‘quiz’ [‘Ordered for You’] so the site can give the best results possible.

Reading Challenges

Goodreads only provides users with one challenge, the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Each year, users can set a goal for themselves of the number of books they want to read/listen to that year and track their progress.

The StoryGraph provides a variety of reading challenges. Some of them are popular challenges you’re familiar with: Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, and The Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge. Others are smaller and hosted by smaller bloggers or bookstagrammers.

With the reading challenges presented, the website allows challenge prompts to be uploaded as well as suggestions of books to be tagged for people to use as inspiration.

Book Riot’s Read Harder Prompts

Obviously readers can read any book they’d like for the prompt but this is a fun addition to give recommendations if you’re stumped on a prompt.

What about all that work I did on Goodreads?!

Have you been using Goodreads for years and have hundreds of books tracked? You can import your reading history into StoryGraph.

The Good

  • You can remove books (AND authors!) from your search results.
    • Perfect if you KNOW you don’t want to read X book or Y author (cough*SarahJMaas*cough). There’s no need for it to keep popping up in your search results.
  • It really does recommend different authors and books.
    • If you’ve used Goodreads (or Amazon) for recommendations, they’re pretty basic and mainstream. They’ll continuously recommend the same books & authors that I don’t want to read (even if they’re technically a great fit for what I’m looking for).
    • I played with the results for a few different types of books and discovered lots of new authors to check out.
  • The site really focuses on getting you great & diverse & new recommendations.
  • This is a reading database & book tracker.
    • If you’re tired of feeling like reading is a competition or seeing obnoxious reviews, StoryGraph will be a dream come true.

The Bad

  • Just a warning. The site is still in BETA. Not a bad thing per se, you just need to be patient.
    • I imported my data on a Friday? and was notified on Monday evening that it was done and ‘ordered for me’ was ready.
  • The ‘Find a Book’ feature really is on the right track but still lacks a few features.
    • The icing on the cake for me would be to add a feature that also allows age range to be a search item [even something as simple a Children’s, Middle Grade, Young Adult, or Adult filter would be great.]
  • No Reviews or Socializing
    • One of the big things I use GR for is reviews. Yes, there’s lots and lots of things to be said about GR’s reviews & the lack of supervision on the site.
    • I particularly enjoy being able to take a quick glance at the average rating of a book & see what my friends think of a book on GR.
    • StoryGraph does not allow for any of that.
      • You can follow people but they don’t know it.
      • Basically, you’ll be able to see what they’ve read & maybe their star rating of it.
      • The StoryGraph is more for you than for other readers or the author.
      • The creators reached out and showed me that reviews are still there! They just aren’t as easily visible as they are on GR when looking at a book’s listing.

The StoryGraph has a lot of potential and is definitely worth keeping an eye on. The site is still in beta so I’m sure more things will added (or fixed).

Have you tried The StoryGraph yet?
What do you think of it?

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9 thoughts on “Initial Impressions: The StoryGraph

  1. I’ve been seeing a lot of bloggers blogging about The StoryGraph. I haven’t checked it out yet. I’m sort of reluctant to use another book website since I have spent so much time building shelves on Goodreads. But, maybe I’ll give it a try and see if I like it. ☺️ I do find that Goodreads keeps recommending the same books I don’t want to read. Maybe I’ll find some good new books on The StoryGraph

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  2. I’m still playing around with it, but I do like it so far. I think the biggest difference might the recs from storygraph .. definitely better than GR.

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