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Welcome to my new site!

It's a new year and seems like a good time to make some changes. One of the changes I have wanted to make for a while is to move my repository of reading stats off Goodreads and onto the new platform StoryGraph. There are a few reasons for this change. I want to minimize my engagement with Amazon companies as much as I can, and it seems silly for me to make my reviews available for Goodreads (and therefore) Amazon to productize. The Goodreads site functionality is so dated, has been so ignored for ages, so much so that it is clunky and fundamentally not a good user experience. I understand that it is free for the user, but again, by putting information into the system, I am helping Amazon's data mining while not getting any new or better benefits after years.


When I heard about the StoryGraph team, I was immediately curious. I signed up for their beta site and was able to import my Goodreads data. Immediately, fun stats were available to me to review. I was quite impressed from the first moment. Upon clicking around, I loved the Reading Challenges sections where I could join challenges, and see an automatic tracker that will update my progress as I go. It is so simple to add books or review books that were already included in the challenge. I submitted a request for progress tracker per book and was immediately impressed with the communication experience and how quickly it was prioritized and added. I assume I wasn't the only one asking for that functionality. I love their communication to end users via emails and also their social media presence.


As I was thinking about moving, I also missed having my own hub where I could put my ideas and little reviews. When I started a BookTube channel for Hardcover Hearts, I came to an almost immediate stop to the blog while I learned all the ins and outs of video production. I think now is a good time to come back to blogging a bit. What I like about this site is the hub aspect where all my reading and social media conversations will be collected in one place.


Welcome and I hope you find a book that you end up loving from this site!


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sharongoforth15
Apr 11, 2021

Love that you’ve started a blog! I did one years ago, as the reading community migrated from Yahoo groups (remember those?) to individual blogs. (I gave mine up because of the amount of time it took to maintain it.) It seemed as though blogs then disappeared as readers moved to videos. Glad to see that blogs are making a comeback! Look forward to reading yours!

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Hardcover Hearts
Apr 11, 2021
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Time is always the enemy, isn’t it? I am still trying to work out an appropriate and realistic cadence here. But it’s nice to have another outlet to think about books and reading. Thanks, Sharon!

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taustin7896
Feb 11, 2021

Here! I may have missed it, but I don’t believe I was given the option to name myself as I signed up, but this is Teresa, or theaelizabet in my bookish life.

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Hardcover Hearts
Feb 11, 2021
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I’m still learning my way around this new platform but I’m so happy you took the time to identify yourself, Teresa! So happy you have checked it out. ❤️❤️

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leo.delescen
Feb 11, 2021

How wonderful to be able to follow everything about your reading in this blog, Sarah. The design is beautiful and it's cool to see the books you are reading. I will follow you here also!

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