Happy Chocolate Day, folks! Here’s a fresh blog for a new day. Ever since I started posting on my blog, I have fallen head over heels for rambling on my computer screen. I can sleep on my thoughts mid-sentence. I can transfer my thoughts so that they can eat up my computer’s RAM. The best part of it all is that even if I were to disappear unannounced and reappear after years, my PC would be there to take it all in. So, here’s me enjoying free breaks and celebrating no objections with my HP. Hehe!!
Today’s a perfect day to be stuffing your cheeks with lots of chocolate. Any chocolate that has a taste of hazelnut, tends to be my favorite. And that’s why I love devouring balls and balls of Ferrero Rocher. It’s like going on a treasure hunt with crushed pieces of hazelnut. The first layer of sprinkled hazelnut and chocolate is the treasure map to finding a river of molten chocolate. As you make your way deeper into the chocolate, you find a hazelnut concealed inside. It’s a delicious treasure hunt. Apart from having these tasty treasure hunts, I tend to go on more life enhancing treasure hunts. Yesterday, I was on one such treasure hunt and found something that improved my reading experience. Read on to know what I found yesterday.
While browsing the internet yesterday, I discovered Storygraph. Even though it was created four years prior, I didn’t know about its existence until yesterday. What can I say? In the Indian book community, not much is discussed about goodreads let alone about finding better alternatives to it. Sure, people here use goodreads to track their reading. Nevertheless, the accounts remain inactive for donkey’s years! I am not exaggerating in the slightest. Okay, perhaps I am. People like the comfort that accompanies certainty. Out of habit, we continue to do things the way we have always been doing them. That could be one of the reasons behind the continued use of goodreads. That being said, there is no reason why a person shouldn’t try other alternatives and explore them.
I was growing tired of finding the same book recommendations. All book related platforms namely booktube, goodreads, and bookstagram (TikTok is banned in India. So, no Booktok) I left bookstagram for several reasons, one of them being repeated recommendations. So, I decided on exploring other alternatives to goodreads if any. That is how I learned about Storygraph. After exploring Storygraph for just a couple of hours, I deleted my goodreads account.
Let’s talk about the perks of being on Storygraph over goodreads. The UI is the first and most noticeable difference. Despite being owned by Amazon, Goodreads has a terrible user interface. In terms of navigation, it feels obsolete and needs an upgrade. It is hard to find people unless you have their profile URL or find their review/comment posted about a book. However, with Storygraph, not only can you find a variety of readers, you can also find partners to buddy read. That is so cool! Next is the book recommendations. This was a breath of fresh air. The suggestions are based on the tropes that you enjoy seeing in books as well as the genre. Additionally, you can alter your recommendations in accordance with the book’s mood. Multiple tags may be chosen, and recommendations are shown appropriately. The list of trigger warnings is carefully vetted and is shown on a book’s information page. Mentioning re-reads and DNFs are flexible as well.
Storygraph has many more advantages to offer that it compelled me to leave goodreads. I do believe that it is high time people make the shift from goodreads to Storygraph and see for themselves. I hope this blog post has helped you explore something new today. Thank you for your time and patience. See you all in the next blog post!
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