Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blog! Hope y’all are having a good day. Today I wanted to give my opinion on the great debate: Goodreads vs. StoryGraph. I have heard multiple things, both good and bad, about each platform. It was a topic floating around on BookTok for a while. After having used both, I have formed my thoughts on the matter. So, let’s get right into it.
For the longest time, I had only ever used Goodreads. I really like it to be honest. It’s easy to use, easy to find what you’re looking for, easy to understand, etc. The best part is being able to rate the book when you’re done with it and obviously write a review about it. Goodreads reviews can be very helpful when deciding on whether you want to buy/read a book or even helping you with a homework assignment.
There are four tabs in the app: home, my books, discover, search, and more. All the tabs are self-explanatory and are easy to use and navigate. I spend the majority of my time on the app in the ‘my books’ tab because that is where everything is located that you have to log or update. In this tab, it also keeps tabs on what books you are currently reading, your progress on them, your stats from the previous year, etc. I really like how everything is laid out; its so easy to find what you’re looking for and to get where you need to go.
On the other hand, StoryGraph is more of a place that gives you in-depth statistics about your reading habits. There are four tabs: home, stats, community, and profile. I like the reading statistics page because it shows you so much about your reading habits for the year. You can also pick what year you want to look too in case you’ve had it for a while. But it shows you how many pages you’ve read overall, what moods you typically read, what pace you usually read, how many books you’ve read with the same range of page numbers, how many books you’ve read by the same author, etc. Their stats are so much more in-depth than Goodreads, and I love being able to stay up to date on them instead of waiting until the end of the year. Goodreads will tell you most of this information as well, but again, you just have to wait for it.
In general, though, there are a lot of good things about both. For example, on Goodreads you can join groups or even enter giveaways for arc copies. You can start reading groups with people and find friends. On StoryGraph, you can also find friends' profiles and you can see their reading stats for the year, but I’m honestly not sure if you can start reading groups or something like that. I haven’t ventured into that yet. But like I’ve been saying there are a lot of in-depth statistics for you to look at. Also, if you want to switch over to StoryGraph to try it out and see how you like it, you can import all your data from Goodreads! You just have to do it on the website in a browser, and it will just take a few hours to import everything. But it will all be there which is really nice, that’s what I did.
One of the biggest downsides is that on StoryGraph you can’t rate the books you’ve read. On Goodreads after you finish a book, it asks you to rate it, but StoryGraph doesn’t do that. Even though rating a book at the end is one of the good parts. You get to put your opinion out there and plus it could help the authors (depending on if you liked the book or not, of course). Also, as far as I know there are no giveaways that you can enter, but Goodreads is more well-known even to the actual writers. They love sending out arc copies for people to leave reviews on the app.
Overall, I prefer Goodreads. I think it's easier to use. StoryGraph is still so unfamiliar even though I have been using it for the last couple of months. I like all the additional features of Goodreads better as well, like the giveaways, rating books, leaving reviews, etc. But I will honestly use both apps since I already have StoryGraph downloaded. I will use it alongside Goodreads.
Let me know what you think!
Alright, folks! Thank you for reading if you made it this far. Come back next week for another post! Stay spooky 😉