The Road to Hell is Paved with…


So, when I was doing my Yearly Review and reading everyone else’s, I was constantly bemoaning how good all the charts and graphics and data info were that those who used Devilsreads had access to. I have to admit, I was jealous.  Heck, I AM jealous.

This happens every year or so but this year seems worse than usual. I want to join up again. Just for the data tools. The only words would be the star rating, as I use half stars and the dates.  I wouldn’t interact, as Devilreads is as toxic as any other socialmedia site.  At least, that is what I have told myself time and time again. Then I think about how much I crave word interaction and I wonder if I could actually go on a site and not interact with other people?


Even thinking about it makes me feel like a word whore, please excuse the language.  I know LOTS of good people use Devilreads, probably without a qualm. I don’t even have to sign up with a new account, I can just link my google account and go from there.

But can I do it without exploding or throwing a tantrum or otherwise causing myself incredible amounts of stress? I don’t know. The optimistic side of me says “Bookstooge, you’re an adult, you can do this!” while the negative side says “Bookstooge, Devilsreads is a hive of scum and villainy like no other” (thank you Obi-Wan). But I want that easy to access data.

Crying Toddler on Bench

I want it, I want it, I want it!!!!


Sigh. Thanks for listening. Just needed to get that off my chest. I’ll be back in my normal frame of mind in a day or three.


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36 thoughts on “The Road to Hell is Paved with…

  1. Yea, can honestly say I’ve never had any bad things on there. I’m a stat-lover so love the year end thing on there.

    I don’t really interact on it. I just post my reviews are rarely like or comment on anything. I do my interacting on wordpress. So I literally just use it as a stat whore 😂

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  2. Haha, although I understand your reasons for avoiding GR, this makes me laugh because I’m the complete opposite. I’m on there only for the social aspects and I think their stats are boring. 🙂 I do find it moderately interesting to see which books I read were the most and least popular, though.

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      1. LOL, maybe I’ve completely missed something, but the stats I’ve seen on GR are mostly generic and easy for me to get on my own. (Acknowledging that having my own database makes stats easier for me than for most people.)

        LT at least has some creative stats, like how many bathtubs worth of books I have, or how many adult badgers my books weigh. Although I usually forget it’s there, when I remember it, I like the “Controversial books” page which shows my 100 most controversial books by measuring the standard deviation of star ratings. There’s some weird stuff too that I can’t imagine why anybody would be interested in, but I just like that they’ve thrown all this crazy stuff out there that I would never think of capturing on my own that’s fun to browse through in a bored moment or two.

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        1. Part of the appeal for me for GR is the standard stats, as I’m not real keen on working with excel, etc to create my own. That’s work 🙂

          And LT’s is so esoteric that it loses any meaning for me. Plus, trying to find the blasted stuff, it’s like looking for hidden gold in the jungle!

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  3. I almost NEVER interact on Goodreads. I use the blog for interaction with my other bookies. The charts and info are nice and I like reading like, 1 star reviews for books because it gives me a good laugh.

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  4. I say go for it! I have my own issues with Goodreads, but if there’s one area they reign supreme it’s their offer of great organization and statistics tracking tools. If you have your blog where you interact with people, I find it’s less tempting to go looking for socialization on GR if that’s what you’re trying to avoid. These days I am on there just to update currently read/finished reading, and putting upcoming releases on my watchlist, tracking which books I receive for review. To be honest, I actually do want to be more involved on GR but I just don’t have the time these days, so generally I only comment/respond if someone else tags me there first.

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    1. Thanks for the input. I put this up as a whim but after the comments I’ve received I’m going to seriously think about it. I’ll probably make a decision by next weekend.


  5. DevilReads did get rid of their shelf pie chart. I am still a little miffed at that.

    I don’t wind up interacting with other people there at all, really. I like it for tracking pages and books read, and I (try to) use it to keep track of every book I own that I haven’t read.

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    1. I use Librarything for most of that, but trying to find stuff at LT is a nightmare. And like YouKneek stated in her comment, LT has a lot of esoteric stats, where I want meat and potato stats 😀
      (now I’m hungry!)

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  6. Much depends of what kind of data you want/need for your stats, but if my input can be of any help, I used the list of book I tagged as “read 2019” on LT for the recap, and then looked at the excel file where I list the ratings/genre for the books I read to get the rest. No GR data was used for my 2019 stats… 😈

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    1. I know that I “CAN” get the data I want from LT and calibre (where I store my reviews offline) but it isn’t automatic and easy. THAT is what I’m looking for, ease of use/availability. I guess I want a one button solution 😀 and graphs are where I really want that one button solution. In ’17 and ’18 I used some homebrew charts but it took me forever to create them because I wasn’t familiar with how to create them. And doing it once a year isn’t enough to keep me familiar, so each end of year it is like I’m learning it all over again 😀

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  7. You don’t need my input here, Mogsy has pretty much said it, but I’m adding my voice to hers. I only use GR for its organization aspects. I make a point never to socialise and never to read reviews on there.
    You can do it. I believe in you. 😀

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  8. Ive never had issues on GR (apart from the veeeery rare idiot who gives me shit for writing a bad review for their fav book – which is usually quite funny and sorted by Dave my bodyguard). I am part of a group with which I occasionally do buddyreads, and joined their marvel vs Dc reading challenge last couple of years. But I mainly use it to keep track of my books (especially great for my owned tbr of ebooks I would otherwise just forget about). You can make it as social as you want.

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  9. Oh, poor Bookstooge! I’d say don’t bother if it’s only once-a-year event, and you want only the stats – but then, I’m not on GR and I don’t have time to do it anyway (think of all the backlog you’d probably feel the pressure to log there!) But truth be told, you might try one more time and see how it works for you – no soul-selling involved 😀

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    1. I don’t think I’d bet tempted by the back log. I just did 3 months of data this weekend here on the blog and by the end I was wondering how I was going to get through another 10 years worth.

      Thank you for the pity. That is exactly what I was looking for 😉

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      1. That’s what I figured 😉
        I just use an excel file and enter data about each book. Admittedly, I always omit a good few comic books, and only input the memorable ones, so my stats are skewed 😉 But for my purposes, that’s enough.

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        1. Thankfully, my Calibre Library (offline library) is fully up to date. On this blog it is just a matter of splitting up all the reviews that have been lumped into one month into their own posts. A LOT of copy/paste 🙂

          Honestly, it is more hobby than necessity at this point…

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  10. If you want I am willing to make an account on DR so you wont be too alone… ill have to start from scratch though. I dislike having too much social sites. But the stat thing you mention sounds interessting enough

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  11. I think you could survive on there without issues. You could turn off all notifications (email/reply/comments/etc) and make your account private to block yourself from the outside world. You can add specific individuals that you’re sure won’t bother hassle you in any form whatsoever too. Goodreads would just become your personal, secret log book.

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