I joined GoodReads in March 2008 and have been VERY active on the Website since that time. I love GoodReads and spend way to much time on their site. Having said that I still have an one issue with GoodReads —the first reads giveaways!
Since March 2008, I have entered giveaways for approximately 330 books and have won books for four of those giveaways. I enjoyed those books and was very happy to have gotten them. I read at least three books that I probably would not have otherwise. Krissie, another goodreads.com member, that frequently enters the same giveaways that I do has won 72 books since joining in March 2008. Recent additions to Krissie’s first-reads bookshelf include:
I Curse the River of Time: A Novel by Per Petersen
Horns by Joe Hill
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Translyvania, and Other States That Never Made It by Michael J. Trinklein
The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo
I entered for each of these books and didn’t win any of them. Krissie has great luck! The GoodReads Giveaways page says that “Winners are picked randomly at the end of the giveaway” and I received a recent e-mail from ENC Press after a recent giveaway that advises that “GoodReads does the random picking,” however, I am beginning to wonder…
I did read 100% of the books that I won and rated all four of them. I actually reviewed two of them or 50%. I noted that Krissie has rated only 16.7% of the books that she has won from the GoodReads giveaways, but shows a review for 100% of the 72 books on her First Reads bookshelf. Her typical review is as follows:
“First it has to arrive in the mail, and then I have to find the time and motivation to read the Others, and then I can read this one. I have a new plan for the Others. I’m not sure it’ll work out very well, though.”
Can someone explain what is going on with GoodReads giveaways? How do so many First Reads end up on Krissie’s bookshelf? Are the books given away randomly or is some other method used to give away the First Reads books?
One last thought, I sure hope that Krissie doesn’t enter for Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James, because I really want to win a copy of that book!