The StoryGraph: A GoodReads Alternative

A few months back, I wrote a post comparing three different reading tracker platforms: GoodReads, The StoryGraph, and BookSloth. That post is actually my most viewed post ever, so thank you so much everyone who’s taken time to read it, and I hope you’ve found it useful! A few months down the line, and The StoryGraph is starting to take off in the bookish community, and several features have been changed/updated since my last post, so today I wanted to focus on The StoryGraph, how it works, and the features it offers readers.

If you’re looking for a comparison post, my old post is probably the one you’re after, but if you want to know more specifically about The StoryGraph, stay tuned!

Recommendations

One of the first features the site offers is personalised recommendations! Unlike GoodReads, this is generated based on information you feed into a form, so you won’t get loads of recommendations for genres you don’t read often if you happen to log a book that falls into one of those genres. In fact, you can really customise your recommendations to include or exclude certain genres, find books of a specific length, and find books marked with certain moods. I’ve not yet bought or read any of the recommendations StoryGraph has generated for me, but it’s definitely a tool I will be using in future to find new books!

Reading Graphs

For book nerds, this is one of the biggest appeals of The StoryGraph. If you go to the ‘My StoryGraph’ tab, and click on ‘stats’ in the box on the right hand side, you can find a lot of pie charts and graphs detailing your reading habits. These are really useful for learning more about your reading habits, and can help you to fine tune your preferences. They look at mood, length, genre, and more! You can see how your reading per month increases and decreases throughout the year, and learn things about your reading habits you may not have been aware of.

Reviews and Logging Your Reading

Naturally, as a reading tracker site, The StoryGraph allows you to review your books. The library on The StoryGraph is great, and is constantly being expanded, corrected, and improved by the team. You can mark books as owned, and shelve them as read, want to read, currently reading or dnf (did not finish). When you mark a book as read, you have the option to enter a date you completed the books, and also review. On The StoryGraph, reviews look a little different to what you may be used to. You have the option to fill in information about the book including its mood, pace, diversity, and more. It not only has half star ratings, but quarter star ratings (!!!), and recently, a trigger warnings section has been added to the review page so readers can add any triggers they may have noticed. As The StoryGraph collects information on triggers, mood, and diversity from readers themselves, I have found the information to generally be accurate, though less popular books tend to have fewer responses to the forms, so the more popular a book is, the more likely the information is to be more detailed and accurate.

Community

One of the big differences with The StoryGraph is that it focuses far more on the tracking aspect rather than the social aspect. You are able to follow other users, and there’s a tab that shows updates from people you follow, but there is no way to track your own follower count or to know who follows you. You can also choose to view updates from everyone on the site, but as the site grows, this function starts to become obsolete, as updates happen so fast. You can like updates from other users, but there is no option to comment or reply to users on the site, or to message other users. This gives the site a more laid back feel, and I do feel less like people are watching what I’m posting, which is quite refreshing!

Challenges

Naturally, you can set a reading goal like on GoodReads for the amount of books you want to read in a year. You can also, or alternatively, set a goal for the amount of pages you want to read, if that’s your jam. As well as these general challenges, there are also a wide range of challenges created by the community that you can search and sign up for. If you’re looking for a challenge but can’t find what you’re after, you have the opportunity to set your own. Challenges can be personalissed to last a certain length of time, and you can add as many prompts as you wish. Participants sign up to the challenge, find books to assign to prompts (which I think are visible to the host, but not other participants). These can be used for readathons, or for more specific yearly goals!

In conclusion

Overall, I really like The StoryGraph. I’m still getting into the habit of using it regularly, but I think it has a lot of advantages over GoodReads. As long as the majority of the community remains on GoodReads, I can’t see myself abandoning it entirely, but for now, using both The StoryGraph and GoodReads is working for me. And The StoryGraph also makes it really easy to import your Goodreads data, so you’re not starting from scratch!

8 thoughts on “The StoryGraph: A GoodReads Alternative

  1. I really want to start using StoryGraph properly. I set up an account, then forgot about it, so might see if there is a way of just starting it all over so I can do my import again etc. I’ve only heard good things about it – sounds like they’ve really got it right. Thanks for the review on it – really helpful to hear it from someone who has been using it.

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  2. I have made a Story Graph account last month too. I’m still getting used to it but I love the stats and the overall handling of it. Sure, there are still things that I think they could improve on but I feel that tracking my reading is a little easier here. (With less shelves and stuff. Maybe I just have overcomplicated it on Goodreads and a fresh start is what I needed.)
    I don’t know if all the recommendations are really good when you try to buy less books but it’s certainly good when you want to actually find something that might really fit your taste instead of recommendations from Instagram or twitter.

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