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Hey Readers, GoodReads Has Competition

Goodreads is an American social cataloging website that allows individuals to search its database of books, annotations, quotes, and reviews. Users can sign up and register books to generate library catalogs and reading lists. They can also create their own groups of book suggestions, surveys, polls, blogs, and discussions. The website’s offices are located in San Francisco. The company is owned by the online retailer Amazon.

Goodreads was founded in December 2006 and launched in January 2007 by Otis Chandler and Elizabeth Khuri Chandler. In December 2007, the site had 650,000 members and 10,000,000 books had been added. By July 2012, the site reported 10 million members, 20 million monthly visits, and thirty employees. On March 28, 2013, Amazon announced its acquisition of Goodreads, and by July 23, 2013, Goodreads announced their user base had grown to 20 million members.

By July 2019, the site had 90 million members. Source

I discovered Goodreads in December 2007. I didn’t keep track of the books I read between 2007 and 2012 – I have no idea why – but here are my reading stats beginning 2012 if you’re interested:

Not sure why I only logged four books in 2012 and I have NO idea what happened to 2017,(NO books, really??) but my reading has really been all over the map these past years.

Anyway. All of this to say, I’ve enjoyed using Goodreads over the years and I will continue to enjoy the site but ya’ll, Goodreads has some competition.

Have you heard of StoryGraph?

(By the way, I’ve been watching Word Nerds for a while now – they are a group of girls that make videos and host writing sprints from time-to-time – they are fun to watch and I encourage you to follow them!)

I made an account on StoryGraph and I like their interface so far. It’s simple, but strong. I like how you can take a survey and they will customize recommendations for you. I also REALLY like how you can EASILY import your Goodreads data and everything transfers over to StoryGraph. I’m still trying to figure it out, like I haven’t quite figured out how to follow people yet, but if you’re so inclined to follow me (and you can figure it out – which, by the way, let me know in the comments if you do), here is my profile page.

It’s still in early development and I’m sure they will add more features as they grow but I wanted to join to help support them on their journey and it’s fun to get involved in something in the early stages.

Anyway, if you’re looking for an alternative to Goodreads, or maybe you’re in the market to try something new, check them out!

(Not sponsored).

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New Books to Mooch


I just added three more books to my Bookmooch inventory. I had to put my Bookmooch account on “vacation” for a while because I was mailing out so many books the postage was killing me! However, now I’m ready to mail out more books, so mooch away! So far, I’ve given 22 23 books away and have received 13 14 books from other moochers.

Here are the books I have available for mooching:


1. Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult

(OOPS! Harvesting the Heart was just mooched!)


2. Everything She Thought She Wanted by Elizabeth Buchan


3. Devil’s Own by Sandra Brown
(The copy I have has a different cover. This is a reprint – would make a great addition to a Brown collection).

If you would like to join Bookmooch (or if you’re already a member, look me up!) and mooch books off of me, you can find my inventory and my account information here. My Bookmooch ID is: take2max – in case the link doesn’t work and you want to find me. 🙂

You can also subscribe to my Bookmooch inventory in your RSS reader if you wish to keep track of any new books I add. The feed URL is:

Sorry, I’m only shipping to the U.S at this time. International shipping just isn’t in the budget right now. 😦

I’m also on an active prowl for the following books:

*Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
*Slightly Married by Wendy Markham
*Ex and the Single Girl by Lani Diane Rich
*Nice Girls Finish First by Alesia Holliday
*See Jane Date by Melissa Senate
*”F” is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton

If you have any of these books in your Bookmooch collection, let me know and I’ll mooch them from you!

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BAFAB: Deadline July 3rd


And the winner is

Yep, it’s that time once again – time to give a book away for no good reason!

So how does this work, you ask? Here’s the short version, I’m participating in the program and would love to buy someone a book of their choice ($20 max). If you would like to put your name into the pot and win a free book, please enter your name in the comment section below. If I draw your name July 3rd, then I’ll buy you a book!

Winner will be announced on Write From Karen after 11:00 a.m. (U.S. central time) July 3rd.

And … if any of you are feeling generous and would like to buy ME a book, I’ve included a link to my wish list to make it easy for you. 😀

Easy-smeasy, right?

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A New Book to Mooch


I just added another book to my Bookmooch collection:

I Am No One You Know by Joyce Carol Oates


Book blurb:

I Am No One You Know contains nineteen startling stories that bear witness to the remarkably varied lives of Americans of our time. In “Fire,” a troubled young wife discovers a rare, radiant happiness in an adulterous relationship. In “Curly Red,” a girl makes a decision to reveal a family secret, and changes her life irrevocably. In “The Girl with the Blackened Eye,” selected for The Best American Mystery Stories 2001, a girl pushed to an even greater extreme of courage and desperation manages to survive her abduction by a serial killer. And in “Three Girls,” two adventuresome NYU undergraduates seal their secret love by following, and protecting, Marilyn Monroe in disguise at Strand Used Books on a snowy evening in 1956.

These vividly rendered portraits of women, men, and children testify to Oates’s compassion for the mysterious and luminous resources of the human spirit.

If you want it, then mooch it from me. 🙂 Bookmooch, that is. I’m a member of Bookmooch which is an online forum to swap books with other bookworms. Here’s a brief explanation:

Give & receive: Every time you give someone a book, you earn a point and can get any book you want from anyone else at BookMooch. Once you’ve read a book, you can keep it forever or put it back into BookMooch for someone else, as you wish.

No cost: there is no cost to join or use this web site: your only cost is mailing your books to others.

If you would like to join Bookmooch (or if you’re already a member, look me up!) and mooch books off of me, you can find my inventory and my account information here. My Bookmooch ID is: take2max – in case the link doesn’t work and you want to find me. 🙂

Sorry, I’m only shipping to the U.S at this time. International shipping just isn’t in the budget right now. 😦

I’ve got some bookmooch points burning a hole in my pocket. Any bookmoochers out there that want to get rid of some of their books? If so, leave me a link to your inventory in the comment section and I’ll take a look!