Suggest Me Not

Being a self-published author, I try to find ways to get the title of my book in front of readers for their consideration. A friend mentioned that I should get on goodreads.

At the time, I wasn’t sure I could teach myself one more thing. How many new tricks can an old dog learn? So, I waited a few months, building up the courage to dive into another task.

After getting an author page formulated on the site, there was exploring to do. Immediately, I was overwhelmed: how many books do you want to read this year? Rate all the books you’ve read. Join this discussion. Become a part of a group. Help us recommend books for you.

All I could think was: Abort! Get out of there! You foolish mortal. Don’t press anymore buttons or everything will self-destruct in 60 seconds. (Even my references are old). Apparently, the word to use now is: “yeet.” Silly me.

This past summer, I tried again, sheepishly exploring the site a bit more. I put two books on the “Books I’ve Read” list. I read a couple of comments on a discussion, found a few friends and then got out of there as quickly as possible.

I checked the site today and they have a suggestion based on the two books I’ve read. Goodreads suggested the book by E L James: “Darker.” It’s part of the Fifty Shades of Grey series that is coming out in a couple of days.

Now, I understand that this series is wildly successful, but it’s not something that interests me. I’ve heard from some that the series is rubbish and from others that it’s a beautiful love story amid the grammar land mines.

So, now, on my (possibly last) attempt at goodreads, I find this suggestion. The two books that I posted as read were: “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “The Screwtape Letters.” Does one make an automatic connection from those two titles to some steamy erotica?

Shame on you, goodreads. Me thinks thou doth suggest too much.



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