When vetting potential new goodreads friends do you check their Goodreads average rating? I know I do. I don’t add people on GR just for sake of adding them, I want to be friends with people whose reviews I trust and that I can interact with. So to keep GR as my happy place and to assist me in locating great books, I have a two stage process. And yes I know I’m scarily OCD when it comes to Goodread but it works for me.
Step One : You have more books than friends
I know Nosegraze has a policy of only accepting friend requests from people who have more books on their shelves than friends. And ever since I read that, I adapted that policy too. It makes sense to me and is a great way of eliminating some of those spammy requests. Last thing you want is a new friend who turns out to be an author who hits you up with their book recommendations daily. That gets old very, very quickly.
Step Two : I check your average rating
And I also added my own personal rule of checking their average rating as I want to get an idea of how honest they are in rating books. I want to follow people I can trust. I know on blogs lots of people don’t review books under 3 stars and I’m fine with that. I actually think staying positive in their own internet space is a lovely idea. But on GR, I would expect to see some lower stars as you can’t love all the books.
I enjoy reading reviews and want to accept your review at face value. If you say, this is a must buy book, then I want to believe you! If you are a blogger that I chat to, then I already know how my feels and your feels for books measure up but if you are a new potential Goodreads friend, then this is my way of sussing you out! I’m sneaky like that
My own rating is 3.64 and I think that’s a good reflection of how I feel in general about the books I read. I like a lot of them…that’s why I read! But I have some I adore and some I hate. All in all, I like more than I hate and my rating proves that.
I don’t have a cut off number in my mind but if your average rating is a very high 4, then you are setting alarm bells off in my mind and I’m unlikely to accept the friend request. Sorry! On the plus side, if we are Goodreads friends, then it’s another place for us to interact as I’m always up for talking about books and I’m generous with the ‘like’ key after I read reviews
Bookish Chat : So my question is do you check peoples average ratings? Do you know what your own rating is and does it seem like a good indicator on how you feel about the books you read as a whole? Or what criteria do you use to filter Goodreads friend requests?