I was doing some random book site skimming, hopping from one to the other so I don't even remember where I saw a comment on a site about TheStoryGraph, but since I'm not that happy with the new Goodreads, I was ready for a switch. I do order my e-books from Amazon, I belong to Kindle Unlimited, and my husband and I are Prime subscribers for the shows and the delivery ease. However, it feels like Amazon is taking over the world, lol, and the new GR pages are so busy with colors and pictures and ads on 3 sides that it's a bit overwhelming for me. I just want to get in, then get out, when I visit it. I no longer do the networking "stuff" there, so it has lessened in its importance for me.
Remember, I am not a paid blogger or influencer, just a satisfied customer, who wants to share something new to me.
I joined the beta group which anyone can join and after filling out a few screens of a personalization quiz I was ready to go. The beauty of this site is its simplicity. I was not on GR for the give-and-take of the community nor the GR book clubs. If these are your most important reasons for belonging to GR then this isn't the site for you...yet. I use GR nowadays for copying the book covers for my blog, maybe sharing the blurbs, and for keeping track of the books I've read so far*. With The StoryGraph, you can even give 1/4 stars, 1/2 stars, and 3/4 stars for those of you who can't decide whether to grade up or down. Besides the optional star rating, it allows you to choose what emotions you like to feel when searching for a book: slow tor fast pacing, character development, plot-heavy, intense, mysterious, etc. You also have the option to leave all those personal tags on your finished book as well.
They do offer recommendation suggestions, and ironically they included quite a few books I have already read, because my GR lists were only restarted Jan. 2019, so any titles I read before that I just add when I see it mentioned. And that's another helpful ability. I clicked on a link to transfer GR lists and it took maybe 1-2 minutes. Of course I only have a few hundred titles listed in GR's Read & Want to Read sections, but still... it's efficient so far. Only thing that GR would surpass in, at least for now, is its enormous database. SG asks folks to send a form to them if you want to add a book, which I haven't done yet.
If anything I've told you about this site interests you, click the link I left up on top and explore. I'm going to stick with it, but that's just me. It checks the boxes I want from a book community site. Or it could be used in addition to GR. A few days ago GR kept telling me that the site was full, and to check back later.
* I use a notebook to handwrite my already-read titles. This I just started last year. But I also like to keep an online list so I can see the covers and get a good feel for them after the fact.
If you want to add anything here, your thoughts on this or any similar topic, I'd like to hear from you!