All About StoryGraph – a better goodreads, finally!

(Last Updated On: January 2, 2021)

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!

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What Is StoryGraph?

The StoryGraph is a website for avid readers that will help readers find their next read based on their mood, interests, and more! It’s free to sign up.

Find best books to fit your current mood

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!)

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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?

I mostly read fiction books that are adventurous, dark, and mysterious

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!

MY STORYGRAPH PROFILE

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!

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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!

StoryGraph recommendationsI 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.
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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.)

Book info and moods

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!

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.

Set moods, pacing and more in review! Set trigger warnings and more in your 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!

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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!

  1. Sign up with your email address
  2. Export your Goodreads data by clicking the Export Library button above, and then the file link to download once it’s finished
  3. Import the file you downloaded into StoryGraph – you don’t even need to open it!
  4. While you wait for the import to complete (mine took 7 minutes), fill out their survey to tune reading recommendations.
  5. 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!

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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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44 Comments

  1. Pamela

    October 8, 2020 at 7:55 AM

    This sounds so cool! I’d been thinking about trying Storygraph for a while ♥ Another GR-like site that seems interesting is BookHype. It’s currently in beta as well, but I love some of the features already. It’s being developed by another book blogger, Ashley from Nosegraze. It gives me hope that it will be what a lot of readers might be looking for too when it comes to logging your reads and categorization!

    1. Kal

      October 15, 2020 at 11:18 AM

      Ahh, I didn’t know Ashley was working on a GR-like site, I am going to have to check it out – thank you, Pamela! I am just so happy we have other options now, if anything it may cause GR to innovate… or buy the other sites. lol

  2. Jolie Eason

    October 8, 2020 at 8:18 AM

    I joined StoryGraph a few months ago and I absolutely love it.

    1. Kal

      October 15, 2020 at 11:18 AM

      Me too, I’m REALLY enjoying it. Thanks for stopping by, Jolie!

  3. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    October 8, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    Great post, Kal! I’ve just signed up and can’t wait for recs after it imports my GR data!

    1. Kal

      October 15, 2020 at 11:26 AM

      I can’t wait to hear your initial thoughts, Kayla! They keep tweaking and adding things, and I’ve found my recs get better and better!

  4. Laura @ Daydreaming Dragons

    October 8, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    This looks like an interesting alternative! I don’t like Goodreads either, but because I’ve had my account for years I didn’t want to swap to anything else and lose all my read books. So it’s good to know you can import it all! I may have to give StoryGraph a try!

    1. Kal

      October 15, 2020 at 11:27 AM

      Yea, I feel you on not wanting to lose that history with Goodreads… I created my account in 2012. I love that there is an export option, I’d never had known. Hope it works for you, Laura!

  5. Loretta @ The Laughing Listener

    October 8, 2020 at 12:23 PM

    KAL. YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE THIS DAY. THANK YOU FOR THIS INFO!!! ❤️

    1. Kal

      October 15, 2020 at 11:28 AM

      YOU’RE WELCOME MY SWEET!

  6. Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    October 8, 2020 at 12:54 PM

    This is the post I needed! I hate Goodreads for all the same reasons you do and have been looking for a way out. I heard about StoryGraph a few weeks ago but had been dreading the switch just because of how many books I have shelved on Goodreads. I am so, so, SO glad to hear they have an import function because that will save so many hours!!

    1. Kal

      October 15, 2020 at 11:29 AM

      YESSS, the import function saved my life and cleared my skin! I hope you find The Storygraph as useful as I do, Laura

  7. Shruti

    October 8, 2020 at 6:34 PM

    I’M SOLD!
    I tried BookSloth for like a day and promptly forgot about it which is why I haven’t gotten on the Storygraph train yet. But it sounds so cool?! And looks user friendly too! Goodreads UX is a complete nightmare and I’d give anything to ditch it and move.

    Really helpful post as always, Kal! ❤️

    1. Kal

      October 15, 2020 at 11:32 AM

      I haven’t heard about BookSloth, I will have to give it a peak. And yea, honestly the hardest part is breaking the habit of going to Goodreads automatically to update reading. I hope you find The Storygraph as exciting as I do, Shruti, and thanks for stopping by!

  8. Jenna @ Falling Letters

    October 9, 2020 at 9:32 AM

    I have signed up for StoryGraph but I haven’t been using it yet. Apart from tracking my TBR, the main reason I use Goodreads is to see my friends’ reviews of a single title all in one place and I don’t think that’s yet a function of StoryGraph? But I’m stoked that this alternative exists and I anticipate I will use it more once it’s further developed.

    1. Kal

      October 15, 2020 at 11:36 AM

      Ah yea, the social aspect is lacking thus far with The Storygraph but from what they told me will be part of launch features. I don’t really use GR that way so it doesn’t bother me too much, but the fact we have innovative alternatives in the works is so exciting! Thanks for stopping by, Jenna.

  9. Louise @ Monstrumology

    October 10, 2020 at 12:33 PM

    StoryGraph sounds awesome! I primarily use Goodreads as a digital reading diary than a way to look for new books to read or to socialise, so this sounds right up my alley 😀

    1. Kal

      October 15, 2020 at 11:49 AM

      Oooh yea, I use GR for the same reason and StoryGraph has been fantastic for me so far. I hope you find it just as useful Louise!

  10. Marissa Brown

    October 11, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Ahhhh, I’m so glad to see people talking about Storygraph!! I found it a few months ago and love it for all the reasons you mentioned especially the mood filters and .25 star ratings. I really only use Goodreads to track my TBR and what I’ve read because of its lack of updates and general issues so Storygraph seems like a much more user-friendly alternative. And the stats graphics are BEAUTIFUL. I have struggled to get into a better habit of updating it because it doesn’t sync with my kindle like Goodreads does, but the app update has made it a lot easier! I’m hoping things will only improve with the official launch particularly the social component, but the reading challenges look fun and I can’t wait to start some next year! Thanks for putting this post together 😊

    1. Kal

      October 15, 2020 at 11:51 AM

      I am so sad I only found out about it now, which is why I wanted to make a post about it! The mood filters are SAVING MY LIFE and preventing slumps, not even kidding. I also need to get into the habit of using it… it will take some time to unlearn the auto GR behavior.

      1. Marissa Brown

        October 16, 2020 at 1:28 PM

        I didn’t even think about using the mood filters to prevent reading slumps (but it makes so much sense)!! I also love the trigger/content warning section and that you can now filter by series or standalone when looking for new books (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up a book only to find it’s part of a huge series). But yeah it’s going to be a while before I move away from GR entirely but I’m so excited to find something that makes tracking reading fun and aesthetically pleasing lol

        1. Kal

          October 28, 2020 at 10:55 AM

          Honestly the mood filters are my favorite thing! Not something I’d think about for a wishlist item, but I love them now that I have it. and UGH one of my biggest pet peeves is books not clearly being marketed as part of a series. It used to happen to me a bunch and it annoys me. And yea… I am still using Goodreads first out of habit

  11. Ruby Jo

    October 11, 2020 at 12:31 PM

    AAAH Yay for StoryGraph! I’ve heard a ton of stuff about it, and I can’t wait to learn it. The reason why I use GR is commodity… I’m just used to it. But I’m excited to use something different. The few times I’ve been on StoryGraph I was amazed by their recommendations!

    1. Kal

      October 15, 2020 at 11:53 AM

      Yea I am also just used to Goodreads, and am now in the process of unlearning the automatic behavior. The recs and moods are honestly so GOOD. Imagine when more people start using it?!?!!?

  12. Clo @ Cuppa Clo

    October 11, 2020 at 12:31 PM

    I am so excited for when Storygraph finally launches, I’ve been putting off actually using it mostly because I like being able to note down when a book was recommended to me. Or just that I’m adding a book to my TBR because of someone else, so I definitely think the notes section will be a huge help with that for me. I’ve hardly used Goodreads these last few months but then again…I’ve not been reading a whole lot if at all. I do love how Storygraph really drills down for the specifics of what you like in books, my brief play around with it left me feeling like it’ll be a definite rival for Goodreads…although to be honest I feel like Storygraph is already better than Goodreads?

    Like if we’re talking at the core, Storygraph’s quality of recommendations, of reviews and everything is already so much higher than Goodreads. Sure it doesn’t have the community aspect…yet. I don’t really use Goodreads for the community aspect much these days though, so it’s not really a problem for me. I can’t wait to see how Storygraph evolves and I adore that they’re listening to the readers <3

    1. Kal

      October 15, 2020 at 11:57 AM

      Ohhh yea, the recommendations feature of goodreads helps my goldfish brain recall why a book got on my TBR in the first place, lol. I suppose you could find a workaround, but hopefully it’s something they will add for launch! The specifics and moods really are amazing though, and why I think as-is it’s a better alternative to GR. I also don’t use GR for the community aspect, so it doesn’t bother me much.

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts & reading, Clo! <3

  13. Cristina @ Girl in the Pages

    October 18, 2020 at 5:33 PM

    Your post finally encouraged me to sign up for The StoryGraph! Currently waiting for my Goodreads data to import but excited to see how I’ll like the platform! I already really like the questions it’s been asking me around my reading preferences and recommendations!

    1. Kal

      October 28, 2020 at 11:15 AM

      Yesss, glad to be that final push you needed! I love how quick the import is and how often they are pushing updates. The questions they ask for recommendations? Awesome.

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  15. Jessica “JBaby” Moss

    October 29, 2020 at 6:15 PM

    This is cool, but GR still has a killer feature and that’s integration with Kindle. Hopefully this will light a fire on Amazon’s ass. I would love to jump ship from GR, but Kindle integration is everything to me. I’ve even learned how to connect my sideloaded books to GR via Kindle as if they are official books. I need to say that I do not pirate books. I get them from places like Smashwords and StoryBundle.com. I read a lot of indie authors because I don’t buy Big5 books because they’re too expensive as ebooks unless they’re on sale. I borrow most from Libby/OverDrive and/or I get them from Audible. I buy credits yearly. If StoryGraph doesn’t recommend indies then that’s another hard pass for me. I don’t use GR recommendations at all. So the one reason for me to use StoryGraph would be for recommendations.

    I’m too lazy to write reviews. I’ll do it for an indie I think needs to help. But otherwise I just star. Honestly I wish GR took the Netflix approach. Thumbs up/down is all I need. You .25% people kill me. LOL!!!

    I think GR’s competitors will have to work very hard to get the masses to move. I don’t use the social aspects of GR, but a lot of people do. I just recommend books to my friends. That’s about as social as I get. Though I have connected with some of my favorite authors through GR. Though Twitter mostly took over that role. I just can’t see the majority of my friends leaving for a new platform. Even with the export/import making the transition easy, I think it’s going to be a hard sale. I hope I’m wrong though. I’ve been on GR since March 2010. I hope all competitors succeed, but I won’t be surprised if I end up sticking with GR. Though I can totally see myself using both. I’m that kind of nerd. I’m already using Bookly. What’s one more book related service/app?

    BTW and totally off topic, I just found your site because I did a search for Bookly. I’ve just come back to it after trying it when it first debuted and I didn’t like. Luckily I had already bought the Pro version so I don’t have to mess with that super expensive subscription model. I like your sight and I will definitely visit it again!

    1. Kal

      December 29, 2020 at 9:52 PM

      Hi Jessica, thanks so much for your comment & visiting! I’m sorry for the horribly late response. I do agree the Kindle integration is AMAZING and so useful, but I’ve found myself reading more physical or eARCs the past year so it doesn’t really help me these days. I do sincerely hope that these alternatives coming out will force Amazon to actually innovate… and not just acquire the other websites and squash further innovation.

      It’s so interesting to see your perspective on reviewing though! I agree that a lot of times writing full reviews is so much work, and that’s why I have a backlog. I wish I could just not be overly verbose lol. I don’t know that any competition would actually take over and move masses from GR, which is probably why Amazon doesn’t do anything.

      Bookly is where it’s at though, I love the more real-time reading tracking so I use it in conjunction with GR! I’m glad you got the pro sub early, I think it was initially like a dollar?! I hope it works out for you, and thanks again for stopping by!

  16. DB @ DB's Guide to the Galaxy

    October 31, 2020 at 6:15 AM

    I love Storygraph! I get excited when I receive their emails about the work and progress they’ve made. I didn’t know about the personal reading notes, but I’m excited to see that! I do love seeing the graphs and stats!

    1. Kal

      December 29, 2020 at 9:59 PM

      AAAHHHH, I love how open the StoryGraph development team is! It’s so exciting to watch their progress and I am so excited to see the full site at launch!

  17. Annemieke

    November 1, 2020 at 8:06 AM

    I signed up at the start but haven’t updated it in a while. I’m so used to using the Goodreads app and I dont have a lot of room for other apps on my phone. I cry. I do need to update. I want to use it more in 2021 to get a good look from the start of the year.

    1. Jessica “JBaby” Moss

      November 3, 2020 at 11:08 AM

      I feel you! I’m really trying to give it a chance, I’m struggling.

    2. Kal

      December 29, 2020 at 10:04 PM

      I know what you mean – I’m also so used to Goodreads, so it’s been a struggle for me to get used to logging into StoryGraph. And then of course I have not read in 57 days, so there’s that lol. I hope you figure out phone storage… I had to delete patreon off my phone because it took up so much space!

      1. Jessica “JBaby” Moss

        December 30, 2020 at 12:26 AM

        Oh there’s no need to apologize! This post was almost a month when I wrote my comment. That like a 100 years in blog time! 🤣

        I finally finished my last dead tree book two years ago! I do not miss them at all. I’ve only read one ARC and it was from a friend who’s a writer. I don’t know how y’all reviewers keep up with ARCs! I’m overwhelmed just thinking about it.

        The more I use SG the more I think the masses will not leave GR. SG has a lot of potential, but there’s a lot of info missing from books. And so far I don’t see how to fix or how to report it. I keep telling people about SG. So far I haven’t talked to anyone who has heard of it and not a single person was interested in trying it. That just doesn’t bode well considering these are book and Kindle nerds. These are supposed to be SG’s target audience. On the other hand I have managed to convince some of these same people to try Bookly despite the expensive subscription. I really hope SG succeeds wildly and forces GR to compete. However, I don’t think it will happen. Amazon will acquire it only to promptly kill it just like they did when they bought Stanza, the best ePub ebook reader on iOS.

        When I bought Bookly Pro on January 5, 2018 it was a one time purchase of $5.99. That $30 a year is a hard sale for many. It’s on sale right now for 50% off. Bookly is everything! It really adds a whole new level to reading. I love the ritual aspect of it. It’s like it’s more intentional, if that makes sense. I have a 63 day streak going and I’ve earned 15 achievements! I used it to participate in my first Readathon and it was so much fun! I love using it with library books because I set my end goals for when the books are due. It’s so awesome! This will also come in handy when book clubs become a thing again. I can’t wait to use the PDF generator. At first I didn’t get the point of it but then I saw a blog post explaining how it could be used to put all of your thoughts in one place. The snow for the holidays was also a very pleasant surprise. Overall I’m so very happy with Bookly!

        1. Kal

          January 2, 2021 at 9:01 PM

          Oh wow, I don’t know if I could ever give up the dead tree books! I love the smell and look of them, but I do read a fair amount as eBooks in bed in the dark lol. Keeping up with ARCs is HARD and it’s hard to not want to read ALL THE THINGS!

          Yea I don’t know that people will be moving en masse and I see some room for improvement (I’d love a place to put readalongs because I don’t think it’s fair to list it in reading challenges, for instance). SG actually launched yesterday and people are definitely talking about it more (if my blog views are an indication lol); I’m going to update this post a bit sometime this week. But yea, if SG actually gets headway Amazon will just buy it.

          Oh nice deal you got there for the lifetime membership! I was generously gifted a lifetime pro membership by Bookly so I could review and include those features in my post about it. As much as I love Bookly, I don’t know that I’d spend that much myself. I feel you on the intentional ritual aspect though! I grab a book or my kindle and open up Bookly. Look at you go with all those achievements too, I am jealous haha. Need to read more!

    3. Jessica “JBaby” Moss

      December 30, 2020 at 12:33 AM

      Luckily SG runs from your browser. There isn’t an app in the traditional sense! However, you add a shortcut on your Home Screen.

      1. Kal

        January 2, 2021 at 9:03 PM

        Yea I was so happy when I found out I could add a browser shortcut on my homescreen! Less space being taken up and I’m a little more likely to remember to open it. I like that you can now track reading progress so it’s possible to build the habit

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  20. Kat

    February 17, 2021 at 8:37 PM

    I think I’m in minority that I love good reads, I can add shelf’s, do buddy reads, make new friends, add books, join challenges and groups,

    1. Kal

      February 19, 2021 at 6:04 PM

      Nothing wrong with liking goodreads, it’s got market share and a lot of features! I actually still use it to post my reviews because it’s synonymous these days with book reviewing, but I prefer TSG for tracking & recommendation purposes.

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