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.
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 wrote this post to share the love and get you all started!
The StoryGraph launched an app in the Apple and Google Play stores on June 23, 2021!
What Is The StoryGraph?
The StoryGraph is a website for avid readers that helps readers find their next read based on their mood, interests, and more! It’s free to sign up and the bulk of the features are part of the free plan.
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!)
Get the App
If you’re running low on space for the full app, have no fear because the browser shortcut app-trick we’ve been using since October 2020 still works! You can add the website to your phone or tablet’s home screen, regardless of the operating system, for a fully functioning mobile version of The Storygraph.
Features of The StoryGraph
The StoryGraph has been around for less than a year and out of beta for just over six months, and my favorite thing about it has to be how dedicated and responsive the team is. They truly care about books and the community, and it shows in their interactions on social media.
But The StoryGraph is more than just a reading tracker. This of it as a reader spreadsheet and charts combined with all the book data you dream of. Plus it really helps me hone in on the right read for my mood with tools like pace and keywords!
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 still very much in active development and constantly being improved; 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!
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! 🙌🙌🙌
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.
Track Your Buddy Reads (NEW!)
Discussing and tracking your buddy reads became even easier for 2022 when The StoryGraph added Buddy Reads! I am currently testing this new feature and more screenshots to come, but for now all the information you need is in the announcement tweet.
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 when the screenshot was originally taken.)
Where StoryGraph shines is in the categorization and recommendations, helping you determine if a book is right for you and your current mood.
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!
The StoryGraph now has the ability to follow accounts and “heart” updates on the community feed. It won’t ever be treated like a social media account like Goodreads according to the founders.
Have you tried StoryGraph yet? Are there other Goodreads replacements you recommend? I’d love to chat in the comments with you!