Saying goodbye to goodreads

After 10 years this year I've decided to stop tracking my reading on Goodreads.

I've enjoyed the reading challenges and put up with the rest

phew 2020 was close!

With just under 1000 books tracked so why now?

After years of thinking the site is terrible they've finally released a new version which somehow is worse.  Adding books has been made more difficult while keeping the same terrible recommendations and mostly useless social aspects.

I just can't do it anymore, at the moment I have reached about 6 books I need to add and I just can't bring myself to do it so from now on I'm replacing Goodreads with a reading board.

I have an unused side of a big whiteboard in my office space so going forward when I finish a book I will write the title on a post-it note and stick it to the board.  Bonus is it gives me a nice visual representation of my reading for the year too.

This also goes along with my digital minimalism push, by replacing a digital service with an analog one it gives me 1 less reason for being on a device.

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Jamie Larson