I left Goodreads in April 2013.
First, a little background. I joined over four years ago as a reader and reviewer. I liked that I could keep track of what books I've read and what ones I had lined up in my TBR pile. I also reviewed books at the time for my own review blog and for another more popular one and cross posted them at GR.
Then in May 2011 I became a published writer. My review time was cut, but I decided to continue to rate/review books for my own pleasure.
I was told as an author I should join some of the Goodreads groups and interact with readers. Okay, sounded plausible. I was immediately told "You're an author. Goodreads is for readers." Errr, okay. After a few more chilly receptions, I left the groups.
Well, after witnessing poor behaviour in so many corners of the site, I'd had enough. I deleted the bookmarks and apps, unconnected Goodreads from Facebook and Twitter, and removed my blog and bio. Unsubscribed from all feeds, notifications, and emails.
I was going to delete my account, but decided against it. I had rated and/or reviewed over 600 books in two years, why should I delete it? That was a lot of hard work. So I took down my avatar and haven't looked back.
Guess what? I don't miss it. I can't tell you as an author how much stress has been removed from my writing life. If you like Goodreads, that's great. Enjoy. Me? Done.
I decided to take it a step further. I don't write reviews, I usually don't read any reviews (mine or anyone else's), and in most cases, I don't solicit for reviews. More stress gone. It has been so freeing.
Hardly a day goes by and I see someone on Facebook upset over a poor review/rating or treatment at Goodreads. Please, take my advice. Stop going there. Believe me, your blood pressure will thank you. Its not worth getting upset over. Yes, I became rather distraught over my first gif laden, snarky 1 star review. Now if I come across one, I laugh it off and move on. I will admit it took a long while to get my head in that 'let it roll off my back' mode. It can be done—by no longer looking at reviews.
Since I used to do reviews, I know it's not easy to write one. Neither is writing a book. So know I appreciate all reviews, reviewers, and bloggers. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and are free to voice them. Just as I am also entitled to ignore Goodreads and focus on my writing. I would never try and tell someone how to write a review or how many stars to give a book, movie, or restaurant. Its all subjective. Hell, I toss quite a few DNF's in the recycle bag. We all have our likes and dislikes.
Social media is a great tool for getting the word out and connecting with readers. For me, Goodreads is not one of them.