Welcome to What Do You Think Thursday, a periodic blog feature in which I raise some question I've been pondering.
I love book recommendations. Book recommendations are part of why I became a blogger -- I like getting recs and giving recs. But what is the deal with the Goodreads book recommendations? Is it just me who gets these weird, WTF suggestions? I don't usually star-rate books, so wondering if that is why the GR algorithm is broken for me, or if this is a problem for everyone.
Here's some examples:
I read Saints and Misfits, about a Muslim American girl trying to find her place in her religious community and the world. Based on that, here's what Goodreads suggested:
Okay, then.... not really seeing ANY connection. At all.
I also read Want, a futuristic sci-fi in which a diverse Scooby gang battles an evil tycoon in a polluted, disease-stricken world. Based on that, here's what Goodreads recommended:
WHAT EVEN??? Don't get me wrong, I love Beverly Cleary. But what exactly is the algorithm that connects a YA sci-fi set in Taipei with a chapter book about two sisters on Klickitat Street?
I also read Perfect Ten, a YA about a gay teen who does a love spell to find himself a boyfriend. It's a contemporary YA romantic comedy. Based on this, here's what Goodreads thought I should try:
Then I read The Fashion Committee, a contemporary YA about two kids involved in a competition to win a scholarship to a design school. Based on that, here's what Goodreads suggested:
Hmmm. I'm seeing a pattern here, Goodreads. A pattern of book recommendations that have no relation to the books I'm reading.
Please tell me in comments: does Goodreads give you weird recs, or is it just me??