Gustav Flaubert said ‘I try to live in an ivory tower, but a tide of shit is constantly beating at its walls.’ He could have been talking about Goodreads. The shelves are your own personalized ivory tower, while the reviews are the tide of shit.
Just the thought of rating books kept me off Goodreads for years. I was too cool to mix social media and reading. No wifi in my tower. When I finally got on, I told myself it was just a reading list and ignored the reviews.
One day I decided to look down and see what the rabble had to say. I started reading the reviews. What I found was hilarious.
Read my review of the reviews at Broke-Ass Stuart.