Goodreads Mixups: Public Service Announcement

Last night I was emailed by two different authors, one asking if I could please put my review of his book on Goodreads, and the other asking why I took his review down from Goodreads.

So, I did some digging, and discovered that there’s a little issue over on that site.

I religiously post the last paragraph of my reviews, and a link to the full review, as well as my star rating on Goodreads as soon as my reviews go live. When I got these emails, I looked into the issue and I realized that I have nearly 20 reviews (that I’ve discovered so far) missing. I know I put these reviews on Goodreads because I remember doing it, and I don’t remember much anymore (thank you, cancer treatment) so that means something.

Anyway, I asked the general Facebook and Twitter populous if anyone else had noticed something like this happening. So far I’ve been contacted by six people saying that they’ve noticed reviews missing that they had posted, or weird formatting issues. The interesting part of it is that it’s not just negative reviews missing. They span the gamut from high rated to low rated and anywhere inbetween. For this reason I think it was probably a system glitch rather than a Goodreads culling. I also don’t have any shelves missing, and I don’t think anyone else does, either.

The point of this is to say that if you are a reviewer that uses Goodreads, check your reviews and make sure none are missing/formatted weird. Maybe this only hit a few select people, but fixing it is a pain in the butt so I figure you guys should all check to make sure. Also, authors, please know that your missing reviews on Goodreads aren’t a personal slight. I vaguely noticed an issue last week, but it wasn’t until I was contact by authors that I really looked into it and realized there was a problem that needed fixing. I’m going through and fixing my reviews now, but there’s a lot gone. If you notice that I’ve reviewed your book on my site, and your review is missing on Goodreads, please let me know. It’s easier for you to inform me. Waiting for me to update it might take a while. I’m being as fast as I can, but there are a lot of problems on my Goodreads shelves, so it’s requiring a lot of digging, and digging takes time.

Thank you.