Website Review: The StoryGraph

I don’t know about you guys, but personally, I’m very tired of Goodreads. It’s served it’s purpose since I joined in 2010 but now, it’s cluttered, not intuitive, and generally very dated. Amazon hasn’t had the incentive to make it better since there really isn’t competition. Well, until now.

I heard about The StoryGraph first from Youtuber Leena Norms back in September. It was still in beta but immediately after hearing about it I knew I had to try it out. It could solve all the problems I have with Goodreads and boy has it delivered so far.

A screenshot of the homepage of The Storygraph if you have an account. It shows 5 recommended book tiles, 5 books from your to read pile, 3 books from your currently reading, and 3 recent topics on the StoryGraph.

Once you make an account, this is the page you see. I already love it so much. It’s so sleek and clean and still tells me everything I want to know. At the moment, they don’t have a dark mode (very sad) but they are working on it and if the whiteness bothers you like it does me you can get the extension Dark Reader and it changes every website to dark mode.

Moving right along, I know you may be saying, but I have YEARS of Goodreads book catalogued. How in the world could I possibly switch over? That’s easy, you can import you Goodreads to StoryGraph. Somethings mess up in the process so if you’re really picky you might need to go through and fix some issues but I found it to be pretty accurate and the worst issue I had was that I saved a bunch of DNF’d books as read but without any dates and then added them to my personal DNF category.

Luckily for us, The StoryGraph has it’s own dedicated DNF category right underneath the usual, To Read, Currently Reading, and Read options.

Image showcasing the to read, currently reading, read, and did not finish functions of The StoryGraph

Now onto my absolute favorite part of The StoryGraph. The stats! Oh dear people, THE STATS. All the stats you could ever want! You can compare different years. You can see what genres you read the most. There’s pie charts and line graphs and reading goals, oh my! As someone who loves seeing and analyzing statistics this is my favorite feature. Here’s a little sneak peak of some of the stats. You can see stats for just one year or you can compare years like I have here.

Image of 4 pie charts. The top to pie charts compare reading moods from 2020 and 2021 and the bottom two compare pace for 2020 and 2021.

This entire post is mostly just an excuse to gush about my new favorite website. I love it and it does everything I use Goodreads for and takes out all the superfluous stuff that bogs Goodreads down. Plus it has the added perk of A, not being run by Amazon and therefore you aren’t further lining Jeff Bezos’ pockets, and B, is run by an avid reader who truly cares about what her audience wants.

Let me know if you’ve tried The StoryGraph! What did you think? If you don’t like it, tell me why. I’m so curious.

4 thoughts on “Website Review: The StoryGraph”

  1. I’m OBSESSED with the StoryGraph! Like you, my favourite part is the stats and those beautiful pie charts! I’ve spent way too much time analysing all my different stats and reading moods!

    One of my aims this year is to support smaller businesses, and you’re right the StoryGraph is the perfect platform for anyone looking for something a little different! Great post! 🥰

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