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text 2013-09-23 23:52
Hi everyone!

So, I've just joined this site and it's looking pretty cool to me, kind of like a cross between Tumblr and Goodreads. I like it.

 

I've been a very devoted follower of Goodreads for the past 5+ years, and it has changed my life in a lot of positive ways. (I'm Brigid *Flying kick-a-pow!* on Goodreads, by the way.) I haven't really tried any other review-blogging platforms (besides Tumblr) but BookLikes is looking pretty promising.

 

I heard of this site because of the recent controversy on Goodreads concerning shelf names and so called "author-bashing." (Don't even get me started.) Even though all these shenanigans haven't affected any of my reviews (yet), I'm not cool with the way so many people's shelves/reviews have been deleted without any explanation. Furthermore, I believe reviewers have a right to blacklist authors who act like douchebags and warn other reviewers of such behavior. Having seen cases in which authors have completely gone off the handle on innocent reviewers, called them bullies, given out their personal information, given them threatening phone calls, told them to kill themselves and other such disgusting comments ... yeah, I think reviewers have a right to warn others away from people like that; it's not done without reason or in mean spirits as a lot of people seem to think, but for the sake of saving others from harassment.

 

The point is, a lot of people are leaving Goodreads over this whole thing, and I've been told many are migrating over here to BookLikes. Even though I don't intend to abandon Goodreads, I did want to have an account on here so I can catch up with any reviewers/friends who are choosing to leave Goodreads. And even though I do love a lot of things about Goodreads, I would like to find a reviewing platform that doesn't have such a hostile "authors vs. reviewers" thing going on, so hopefully I can find that here.

 

Anyway, that was a lot longer than I intended. The point is, this seems like a cool place and I look forward to posting reviews on here!

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