09 Apr 2016
09 Apr 2016
Sept 2021 Update: This is no longer working due to Goodreads API changes, and I don’t use Goodreads enough to bother updating it.
I recently started using Goodreads because I
was curious about how many books I read in a year (so far in 2016 the
answer is “4”, in case you were curious). I also made a web page that
draws plots of Goodreads activity, which you can find
here. You have to enter a
Goodreads “user id”, which is the number in the URL on a profile
page. For example my profile URL is
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/51772290-james-porter, so my user
Mostly this was just an excuse for me to do some web frontend programming, but one surprisingly fun thing that I’ve been doing is just typing random or potentially interesting numbers into the user id box and seeing what comes up. Often the result is “nothing”, but here are some potentially interesting things I’ve found:
At one point I found someone with over 120 thousand pages of reading logged, but I forgot to write down their user id. Also, perhaps unsurprisingly, most people tend to rate the books they read four or five stars. Anyway, you can use this to visualize your own activity, your friends’, or just poke around randomly at others and see what you find, hopefully it’s amusing!