I really appreciate Goodreads! When I published my first book I knew hardly anything about the internet. I didn’t even know there were such things as reading sites. At first I was unsure about joining any such site. What do you do on a reading site? I looked around, investigating other sites to see what each offered and how they compared to each other. Goodreads looked the most professional and seemed to have the most to offer. I’ve learned a lot since joining and think this site is by far the best.
For me one of the things that makes it great are the people. I’ve had the opportunity to interact with a few people on the site, and have had some good experiences. I’ve had friends and people in the community review my books and have been very pleased. They have not all given my five star reviews. There have been some criticisms, but they were not done in a hurtful manner. In fact these criticisms have often been very helpful in me creating a better book.
Goodreads offers a lot for authors, but I try to remember that this is primarily a reading site. I enjoy contributing to the many discussions. I was first a reader and still am. My real reading started when I was seven years old and lying in a hospital bed. My mom brought me comic books to keep me entertained. You can see glimpses of this early influence in my books.