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A Readers’ Advisory Podcast about becoming better library staff by reading books we hate! Every month we read books from a new, randomly picked genre; then on the podcast we discuss our reading choices, experiences, opinions, appeal factors, and other related topics as friends and library workers.

Feb 18, 2020

This episode we're discussing Ratings, Reviews, and Tags! We talk about subject headings, our most used tags, malicious metadata, how we use star-based rating systems, the value we see in bad reviews, art styles that are morally wrong, and more!

Plus: A data-driven analysis to find the most unfinished book on Goodreads!

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In this episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | RJ Edwards

Media We Mention

Links, Articles, and Things

What are the most unfinished books according to Goodreads?*

  1. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  4. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  5. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  7. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  8. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

*Based upon the top 50 most tagged titles from these shelves. Data taken on 2020-01-20. 

(I missed “not finished”.)

Here’s the spreadsheet if you want to see the other titles.

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Join us again on Tuesday, March 3rd we’ll be discussing Non-Fiction Climate Change books!

Then on Tuesday, March 17th we’ll be talking about Objectifying Books!