Goodreads, one of the most popular book review/social network hybrid websites, has launched a recommendations feature. The new feature uses an algorithim based on what you have read and reviewed (with 'stars') to give books you may also be interested in. The site now also has the ability to give recommendations by genre, by community suggestions, and by the virtual 'shelves' each user may create. LibraryJournal
I checked out the recommendations on Goodreads. Yeah. It looks like my Netflix did after my EXroomate finished rating all those damn anime movies. Recommendation lists are not good for reviews, kids. When I started the 100 Books review list, I created a "to-read" and a "100 Book" shelf. Does anyone remember what those books are? Yep, the banned book list from 2000-2009. That includes everything from the classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to The Joy of Gay Sex. I am not embarrassed by reading anything on that list, but I have the feeling that at the end of the final review, when I really do not know what to read and need recommendations, my personal list is going to look like something
a teenage goth girl Bella from Twilight would create because she's so much more "intelligent and edgy" than others her age.
And in case anyone asks, yes, I have rated more than just the stuff on the 100 list. Does not seem to matter though... now the recommendations look like a schizophrenic's morphine-induced hallucination of a library with horror and comics next to nonfiction sex and classical literature