Book Sirens…

…aka Too Much Information…

Have any of you ever registered with Book Sirens? It’s a site that aims to let publishers and authors look for reviewers who may be a good fit for their books. In truth, I haven’t been offered anything through it that I was tempted by and I’m not really looking for more review books anyway, but I do love its statistical analysis of my reading. Mostly I think it’s a very accurate picture, with just the occasional thing that makes me say “Eh?”. It pulls the info from Goodreads where for some foolish reason they seem to think my name is Leah…

I joined Goodreads in 2013 and have recorded every book I’ve read since then, and reviewed the vast majority of them. The unreviewed ones probably include some that I’d read prior to joining and gave a rating to.

The overall summary…

They don’t break those helpful votes down, but I can tell you that it’s my 1-star reviews that get most of them. We readers do seem to like confirming our dislike for books by voting up other people who dislike them too!

OK, I agree with most of that, but… fantasy? Romance?? I’m baffled! And surely more than 6% of my reading is literary fiction?

This one fascinates me, because I was really unaware of how much more historical than contemporary fiction I read, though when I think back I’m pretty sure they’re right. I also only recently became conscious that Victorian fiction is my favourite period, but clearly my subconscious has known all along. And what 35 books have I reviewed that could possibly count as Westerns??

Hold on a minute! Fair enough – murder and politics, even spies! But serial killers? And animals?? Animals??? When on earth do I read books about animals? I’ve been avoiding them ever since I was three and traumatised when I read a picture book in which Stormy the foal’s mother was taken away from him in a horse-box!! I wish they allowed you to see what books match the categories…

This one appears to suggest I’m both nicer than most people and nastier than most people – split personality, obviously! But I do like the books it pulls out as under- and over-rated – I agree with all three.

This one’s my favourite though – I love seeing all those different years filled in! I’m determined to complete the 20th century soon, and to increase the number of boxes on the 19th century. As for before that, well… maybe one or two…

A very narcissistic post today, but I hope you enjoyed it. And if you log your reading on Goodreads and fancy giving Book Sirens a go, I’d love to see your charts and stats some time!

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY! 😀

85 thoughts on “Book Sirens…

  1. This really does look like an interesting site! And an innovative way to get some perspective on one’s reading. I do have to wonder at some of the categories of books, though. Still, graphics and charts show things you might not otherwise see. I don’t belong, myself, but it’s an intriguing idea.

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    • Yes. I’m most discombobulated about the Westerns – I can only think of about three books in total that could possibly fit in there! It’s quite fun “tae see oursels as ithers see us”, though – kinda explains some of the very odd review requests I receive from time to time! 😀

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  2. Haha, this was entertaining, and I’m intrigued as to how they came up with a supposed name for you. She must be your alter ego who reads nothing but romantic animal stories based in a fantasy universe. Very bizarre.

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  3. Very interesting! I never really accept books for review any more, after a stressful experience in the early days of blogging where I *really* hated a book I read but felt like I had to post a review of it anyway, but I am extremely curious to see what my stats are. I think a lot of stories that have even the tiniest hint of a love story get shelved as romance because that is such a widely-read genre, so maybe that’s where that comes from?

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    • I take far fewer review books than I used to, but mainly because I got fed up with a constant diet of new releases – I need vintage and classics in my life! I really only take books from three or four major publishers now, because they’re big enough not to care if they get some negative reviews. I always felt bad about negative reviews for self-published or small presses, so stopped taking them years ago. Ha, yes, I’m often horrified to see Jane Austen filed under “romance”…

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    • Thank you, and thanks for popping in and commenting! I haven’t even really looked at the books on their site much because I always have such a backlog of review copies already, but I get the occasional email offering me books and assume they got my details from Book Sirens.

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  4. Well, who would have thought! A secret western and animal book lover 😂 I would have said I’d never heard of book sirens but I vaguely remember having seen my stats somewhere. Not sure if it was from them or not though 🤔

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  5. This was fun! I’m glad you shared your reading stats with us. Many times, I don’t do a review on Goodreads — sometimes, the book was just a ‘Meh’ and I don’t feel like admitting I didn’t pick a winner! So, I probably won’t be joining BookSirens — golly, somebody is giving you MORE books to read?? ?

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    • Glad you enjoyed it! 😀 I don’t use Goodreads much – just to keep a list of what I’ve read mostly and I copy and paste my blog reviews over. But I don’t spend any time in the chatrooms or chatting on reviews – too busy blogging!

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  6. Nooo, are you saying your real name is not FF!!? Despite of my good intentions when signing up, I’ve never reached the stage where I register my reading on Goodreads. So I wouldn’t be able to use Book Sirens. I love statistics though, but I think it is unfair that you can’t map it to specific books. Westerns and romance doesn’t sound quite right? Or do you have a secret library, which you don’t blog about 😉

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    • No, no – of course FF is my real name. I mean, my mother called my brother ForeignFilmFan so she’d hardly be likely to call me Leah, would she? It’s clearly some glitch in the system! I like to record my books on Goodreads in case *trembles* anything awful should happen to my spreadsheet! *faints* Haha, yes, secretly I like to read about cat-loving cowboys in alternative universes! Hmm, actually that does sound like it might be fun… 😉

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      • So you and your brother are FF and FFF? 😀 Haha, it certainly would be a disaster if something happened to your spreadsheet! I suppose you could do a cloud backup? The story about the cat-loving cowboys in an alternative universe is a book just waiting to be written. I would pick it up for sure!

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  7. So, this is interesting, but do they do this analysis based on Goodreads before you start, or do you have to have reviewed books listed with them? I signed up but couldn’t figure out where to get this analysis. Also, all of the books they showed me for review looked like self-published books, which I try to avoid, or historical romances, ditto.

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  8. I signed up a while ago and quite liked the statistics, too. Didn‘t find any books that interest me though. I prefer Netgalley.

    What I do not like regarding the stats — the site doesn‘t automatically update. You have to pull and resubmit your own data, if you want to update the stats. Too much hassle!

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    • Haha, don’t laugh at poor Stormy! I sobbed my little heart out for days over that pony – my mother thought she might have to take me to the doctor! Needless to say, she didn’t give me any other animal books after that… 😀

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  9. Whoops, I read the character types as all fitting together, meaning that you read books about animal spies who are serial killers. Which sounds fascinating but not like anything I’ve seen you review!

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  10. This is brilliant! I spent a bit of time updating my Goodreads shelves not so long ago so although they’re not complete they do now include books read in the last 5 years or so. And I just love the idea of all these stats 😆 I can’t imagine Book Sirens being remotely interested in me joining – my record of reviewing is appalling although to be fair on the rare occasion I’ve taken a book for review (Pigeonhole) I have done so. I’m also slightly worried that I might learn things about myself which I’d rather not know and most certainly wouldn’t want the rest of the world to see 😱 It does sound fun though and I have so little will power…. 🤔

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  11. That’s amazing! Did you like having your reading journey so thoroughly analyzed?
    I’ve heard of Book Sirens, but never registered. I barely keep up with Goodreads. Book Sirens would probably conclude, “Barely reads anything.” I’ve had the same book listed for months as still being read though I abandoned it ages ago.

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    • Hahaha, yes, I love stats, and it was nice that they did all the work! I think you’re in the majority on Goodreads – I come across loads of people who’ve apparently been reading the same book for the last five years… 😉

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  12. This is pretty cool! I’m also scared to look at mine as I’m sure I’ll have read only books recently published! It’s really interesting to look at other people’s reading data though!

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    • Yes, there’s a big red blob on my heat map from the first few years of blogging when I nearly exclusively read new releases! It took me ages to train myself to restrict the number of review books I took so I’d have time to read other stuff too…

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  13. Wow!!! This is AMAZING! This could easily be called “Fun With Data.” I’m wondering why they split CLASSICS apart from Literary Fiction? Surely there is overlap, if not complete duplication. I think that people vote “up” thumbs down reviews because it also saves them from having to find out that the book isn’t for them after purchasing it. It’s funny how “school report card teacher-like” the written assessment sounds. And I may be tempted to call you Leah from now on, LOL…..

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    • Yes, I think that’s an odd split too. But then I always find literary fiction an odd category because it must always be something else as well – contemporary, historical, fantasy, etc. Haha – yes, the comments I get on 1-star reviews are split between people saying they read the book and agree, or thanking me for alerting them not to read it! I don’t know who that Leah person is, but I’m really annoyed she’s clearly hacked my Goodreads account…

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  14. I love stats about my reading. But this year I’ve been writing reflections on what I’m reading (not on the blog so much 🤷🏾‍♀️) but not rating them. Something made me less interested in trying to star rate books, maybe because I have been reading more nonfiction, idk?

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    • I’m in the habit of rating them all now but it is all a bit meaningless. I tend to rate most as either 5-stars or 1-star, so clearly my default positions are I Love It or I Hate It! Happily the I Love Its win by a huge margin… 😀

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  15. This is fantastic. I’ve never heard of this site but after taking a look at the data I”ll be stopping by to give them another look 😉 Thanks for sharing your experience with them. There are so many sites out there claiming they help, its always nice to get a review of them 😉

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    • Glad you enjoyed the post! I find Book Sirens one of the easier ones to use too, and they let you specify whether you want to be approached with review requests or not, which is good. Thanks for popping in and commenting! 😀

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  16. this is interesting! thank you very much for sharinggg, i love your blog!!!🤍

    I am planning on writing my own book about my sister’s journey fighting brain cancer and how I grew up with a sense of fear and hope towards this bittersweet experience, so stay tuned for that if interested!🤗🤗🤗

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