Goodreads.com is a website that promotes reading, authors and good books. It’s easy to join, see what your friends are reading, find reviews, sign up for giveaways, and learn what your favorite authors are working on.
All good, right?
Well, yesterday something happened to make me decide it was time to cancel my account.
I finally finished LETHAL WHITE, a book by Robert Galbraith and the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike detective series. I’d been on the waiting list at the library for four months before the novel was available to download onto my Kindle Fire. I’d taken my sweet time reading it, too, with everything going on around here.
But I reached The End yesterday morning, leisurely read the acknowledgements in the back and then tapped the icon for the internet to check the news and my morning email.
There was a new email from Goodreads that began, “You finished LETHAL WHITE (Cormoran Strike Book #4). What’s next?”
It went on to give me suggestions for my next books.
I have to tell you that it was a creepy feeling, because I’d just finished the book less than ten minutes earlier.
So how did Goodreads know that I had finished the book? It had been on my Kindle for ten days or so. I didn’t think I was online when I was reading it, but I guess I could have been because I certainly hadn’t switched to airplane mode.
And this has never happened before, despite my “following” of certain authors and consistently reading their books via my library’s e-zone.
Maybe it was some kind of weird coincidence. But in the days of our phones listening to us, when you can’t google “ankle pain causes” without getting pop up ads for senior compression socks and having Alexa risks someone somewhere monitoring your home, I am pretty damn suspicious.
So Goodreads is out of my life. I will never own an Amazon Echo (or whatever they call it now). And there has always been a piece of tape over my computer’s camera.
If you have any Goodreads theories or experiences, I would love to hear about them.
And…I really enjoy those Cormoran Strike books.