All About StoryGraph – a better goodreads, finally!
It’s no secret that I hate Goodreads. The platform hasn’t seen any meaningful updates in several years, it is owned by my nemesis Amazon, and looks like it was designed in 2006. But until now there wasn’t a good alternative for tracking books, reviews, reading challenges, and stats that was all in one place. Until now.
The StoryGraph fully launched out of beta on January 1, 2021! This post was written in October 2020 and is based on my first impressions of features available during beta.
I’ll update this post to accurately reflect features available at launch asap!
When I found out about StoryGraph, I was intrigued. A clean and modern interface? Actually good recommendations? Statistics and charts already there for me?! StoryGraph sounded like a dream come true, and let me tell you the dream is now reality! In fact, I’m so excited about it that I needed to write this post to share the love and get you all started!
What Is StoryGraph?
The best thing is that setting up an account couldn’t be easier! Did you know you can export your Goodreads data? Well, you can. And you can import that data to StoryGraph to get started! (I know this reads like an infomercial, but I swear I am not sponsored… I just am in LOVE with the site!)Have you been looking for an alternative to Goodreads? The StoryGraph might be what you've been waiting for! Click To Tweet
StoryGraph Data = ❤️
It is no secret around these parts that I love statistics and data.Honestly, I was sold on the idea of being able to replace Goodreads, but I was so excited to see automatic charts populated based on my reading! The fact that they also add keywords like adventurous and fast-paced also means it will be even easier to choose my next read based on my mood… perhaps this will be a reading slump killer?
The StoryGraph is in beta, which means more features will likely be added and refined over time. I am honestly already over the moon impressed with what they have so far. Check out my profile below to see what they were able to build for me based on my goodreads import!
Sure, I use my reader spreadsheet and that likely won’t change, but I love that StoryGraph tracks different kinds of data for me automatically!
We have an app!
You can use it by adding the website to your phone’s home screen! It works on all phones!
Note – there’s no back button yet so you’ll have to swipe from the left-most edge of your screen to the right.
There’ll be many improvements to the app coming over time! pic.twitter.com/ud5UVymN6S
— The StoryGraph (@thestorygraph) October 10, 2020
Amazing Book Recommendations
The number of times that I’ve been given a recommendation based on my DNF shelf by Goodreads is astounding. The Goodreads recommendations leave much to be desired and as such I don’t use it. But just a cursory look at my StoryGraph recommendations has me excited about all the new books I will discover!
I laughed so hard when Jade City was listed as third on my recommendations feed because I am planning on reading it as part of Shealea’s Green Bone Readalong over the next couple of months!
Recommendations are amazing! The quick survey not only asks what your favorite and least favorite genres are, but also asks for the three characteristics in books you appreciate the most… as well as turn-offs. So you can drill down for character-driven or dense world-building, and avoid books with flat characters, etc! 🙌🙌🙌
And if you want to drill down your recommendations even more, say for diversity and representation, you can! I am sure that the more I use StoryGraph, the more familiar with their keywords I will become and I will be able to hone my recommendations even more.
How does StoryGraph fare with current reads?
At this point I am basically sold in terms of keeping track of books and TBR. But I was wondering how it would enhance my experience while reading a book. So I conducted an experiment with I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan!
Right off the bat, StoryGraph’s search function is far superior to Goodreads. I’ve searched about 20 books and haven’t run into an issue yet, plus when you click on the book in search results you get useful information about the book! (Note: usually the cover is also included, but was not available for this title.)
I’ll admit that as of right now, there isn’t a lot to do with your current reads. I wasn’t able to track my progress (which is fine since I use Bookly) or have custom status updates with my thoughts. Where StoryGraph shines is in the categorization and recommendations, helping you determine if a book is right for you and your current mood.
Updating to add: I can confirm that tracking current reads and PERSONAL reading progress notes are on their launch list!
Aww — thank you for this brilliant post!! Being able to track your progress and add notes (privately, not for the News Feed!) is part of our launch list!! 😀
— The StoryGraph (@thestorygraph) October 8, 2020
Once you’ve mark the book as read, you get the option to add a review… and the star ratings are in increments of 0.25! You are also able to tag the book with keywords, note diversity and trigger warnings, and write a full review.
I’m honestly so excited about all the possibilities this has and how my 2020 reading slump can be slayed by better informed reading choices!
How You Can Get Started with StoryGraph
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, it is super easy & free to sign up for StoryGraph! Their instructions on the process are super clear, so don’t stress at all!
- Sign up with your email address
- Export your Goodreads data by clicking the Export Library button above, and then the file link to download once it’s finished
- Import the file you downloaded into StoryGraph – you don’t even need to open it!
- While you wait for the import to complete (mine took 7 minutes), fill out their survey to tune reading recommendations.
- That’s it!
I hope you found this post about StoryGraph useful! While StoryGraph currently doesn’t have the social component Goodreads has, it is exactly what I need in terms of tracking books and helping narrow down my TBR a bit!
Have you tried StoryGraph yet? Are there other Goodreads replacements you recommend? I’d love to chat in the comments with you!
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