It's no secret that Goodreads has become a hotspot for negativity. I do not disagree with readers sharing their honest reviews of books. I do not expect every reader to like my books, and quite frankly, I would be extremely concerned if everyone liked my books. One thing I do have a problem with is people reviewing books they haven't read. I've seen this a lot lately.
One particular woman goes on a Goodreads tour and rates every reverse harem book with a one star and says, "Not my cup of tea."
And several have made similar posts about EL James's new book.
I have no problem with this person expressing their opinion, so don't come at me with censorship accusations. What I have a problem with is a book review website allowing reviews to be posted by people who haven't read the book. If they added an "I don't want to read it" (no stars) option, I have no qualms with that. If they added a "DNF" option (giving no stars), again, I have no issue with that.
But they claim to not allow the inflating or deflating of reviews, and I fail to see how rating a book one hasn't read isn't considered inflating or deflating, depending on if it's a 5 star or 1 star rating.
Their terms of service doesn't specify, so I emailed and asked.
I'm not okay with that. So, while I sincerely hope things do improve, I will not be visiting Goodreads for the foreseeable future.
To my fans and readers, please continue to use social platforms as you see fit. I will not be shaming anyone for their own preferences, but I will not be using Goodreads, and I would hate for any of you to think I was intentionally ignoring you. I wouldn't be here without you guys. So, catch me on Facebook (not outside, lol) or my email displayed up there in those screenshots. I openly admit I don't use Instagram and Twitter as much as I should, but I'm less young and it's tricky.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading. Love you all!