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message 1: by Paul (last edited Aug 30, 2018 10:30AM) (new)

Paul Stout | 6 comments Hopefully I captured your attention with the title. Rather than 2,800 of us suggesting books we remember to be "clean," why can't Goodreads add a simple rating system so every reader can suggest a parents-guide for each book. For example, with every book I read, a drop-bar would appear that allows me to suggest whether it's G, PG, PG13, R or even X rated. Then, when I'm looking at a prospective book to read, I can easily see that:
2% gave it a G rating
4% gave it a PG rating
88% gave it a PG-13 rating
6% gave it an R rating
0% gave it an X rating

This would give me an educated idea what themes, words and other objectionable materials are to be found.

I'm calling on all 2,800 of you to second this solution (and it doesn't have to be this specific solution) and ask the developers at Goodreads to adopt something like this. This could supercharge their install base, and that's what their advertisers want, right?

Who is with me on this? Any other suggestions as to how we can make this happen?


message 2: by Jason (new)

Jason | 1 comments Great idea!


message 3: by Katelyn (new)

Katelyn (veralicious) | 1 comments I think this would be such a simple change. I'm here for it!!


message 4: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Davis (portia2012) | 2 comments Not a bad idea at all


message 5: by Joan (new)

Joan (jomarcho1) | 35 comments I think so too.


message 6: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 103 comments That would be handy for finding books you aren't familiar with.


message 7: by Anna (new)

Anna Faversham (annafaversham) | 221 comments Excellent idea.


message 8: by beekachoo (new)

beekachoo Wallace | 1 comments That's a great idea, and it should be easy to implement!


message 9: by Robyn (last edited Aug 30, 2018 06:06PM) (new)

Robyn (rbyrd6) LOOOOVE it! Compass Book Ratings is a website that has a rating system going. The drawback to their website, for me, is that it is mostly children's/YA books and you have to wait for their people to read and rate a book so it is not super current. I would love if Goodreads would add a simple feature like you are suggesting.


message 10: by Anna (new)

Anna Faversham (annafaversham) | 221 comments Book Cave is a good newsletter which rates the books very carefully. I have the newsletter and I advertise on there.


message 11: by Bj (new)

Bj Thornley | 3 comments This sure would save a lot of time and money wasted on books I get, only to toss them after the first few pages. Maybe authors or editors would be willing to provide this kind of service to readers.


message 12: by C. (new)

C. | 297 comments Excellent idea!


message 13: by Anna (new)

Anna Faversham (annafaversham) | 221 comments @ Bj - Book Cave asks authors to assess their work against a check list, so it can be done.


message 14: by EJ (new)

EJ Johnson | 32 comments I agree. Good idea.


message 15: by Charmaine (new)

Charmaine (wistad) | 22 comments Yes! But how do we go about it? Is there a way to contact the developers? It would have more impact if MANY of us did it.


message 16: by Anna (new)

Anna Faversham (annafaversham) | 221 comments Perhaps if someone(s) could devise a check list and then you could approach the librarians and they could approach... and then bit by bit authors could voluntarily complete check lists.

That's just a quick thought off the top of my head.


message 17: by Sallyavena (new)

Sallyavena It would be good. Until goodreads does something about it though, you can check out the websites compassbookratings.com or commonsensemedia.com. Both have an extensive ratings system when it comes to things like language, sex/nudity, and violence. They don't have every book, but it's a start that can give you an idea of what a book contains.


message 18: by Gaelynn (new)

Gaelynn (hunsmom5) | 1 comments I think this is a great idea - especially being able to see the percentages for the ratings.


message 19: by Tracie (new)

Tracie | 2 comments I support this! It seems like it would be very straightforward way to get an idea of a book's content without reviewers having to count swear words or describe explicit scenes.


message 20: by Diane (new)

Diane Rapp (dianerappauthor) | 94 comments Makes sense to me.


message 21: by Lisha (new)

Lisha (momcares) | 17 comments Love the idea. How do we go about showing our support?


message 22: by Sherry (new)

Sherry | 7 comments Great idea!!!


message 23: by Debra (new)

Debra | 3 comments Good idea! I have always wondered why books were not rated. I have donated books to thrift stores that I just couldn't finish reading because of the language and explicit sex.


message 24: by T (new)

T | 4 comments I'm in!


message 25: by Kerry (new)

Kerry Johanson | 3 comments I would LOVE this.


message 26: by Kerrie (new)

Kerrie | 4 comments In!!!!


message 27: by Jamie (new)

Jamie | 3 comments I'm all for this, as I currently have to go to ratings websites and hope the book is listed.


message 28: by Paul (new)

Paul Stout | 6 comments Thank you all for your comments and positive comments about this concept. Some of you encouraged me to contact Goodreads directly, which I did early this morning. I received an immediate answer that this will be discussed with their development team. The person who responded, Carlos O, also said he would personally love this feature. If any of you would like to respond directly to Goodreads on this subject, that may be helpful. They also suggested to join the "feedback" group for any new ideas. Thank you again! I'm hoping we see some changes soon.


message 29: by Tyler (new)

Tyler Stout (tystout) I like the idea of rating ~3 areas (language, violence, and sex) on a scale of 1 to 10. Crowd-sourcing this is a great idea.


message 30: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Wright (sasha728) | 1 comments Great idea.


message 31: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (rdlevee) | 22 comments I'd love to have a rating on book content.


message 32: by Joel (new)

Joel (sundavrgarm) | 8 comments It would be a good idea to create a suggestion topic in the feedback group


message 33: by Vickie (new)

Vickie Kelley | 21 comments Great idea!


message 34: by Chantre' (new)

Chantre' | 3 comments Great idea!! I’m all for it!


message 35: by Joel (new)

Joel (sundavrgarm) | 8 comments This suggestion got posted in the Goodreads feedback group, so head over there and give it some support, along with some thoughts on how it would work or how to balance it.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 36: by Vickie (new)

Vickie Kelley | 21 comments Wonderful idea!


message 37: by Paul (new)

Paul Stout | 6 comments Thanks Joel. Yes I'm feeling like the only person who can see in the valley of the blind. They are berating any suggestion of a clean read rating as too crazy to understand.


message 38: by EJ (new)

EJ Johnson | 32 comments I tried to post on the feedback but was declined because I’m not a member of the group.


message 39: by Stacy (new)

Stacy | 6 comments Paul wrote: "Hopefully I captured your attention with the title. Rather than 2,800 of us suggesting books we remember to be "clean," why can't Goodreads add a simple rating system so every reader can suggest a ..."

This is a wonderful idea. I have a tendency to mention how clean books are in my reviews, sometimes that is the only thing that I will mention. I hate to pick up a book and find that it is filled with material that I consider inappropriate. I know that everyone has different standards as to what they believe is clean, but if everyone was able to select a rating, I believe that you could at least get an overall idea.


message 40: by Rachel (new)

Rachel B (rachel36) | 5 comments This would be great! Hope they take it on.


message 41: by Ellyse (new)

Ellyse | 1 comments That would be amazing!


message 42: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 3 comments Has any headway been made on this idea?


message 43: by Sara (new)

Sara | 1 comments I would LOVE this!!!! I work at my local library and have been working on creating a Clean Reads list for our patrons. So glad to have found this group!!!


message 44: by J.P. (new)

J.P. Choquette (jpchoquette) Sara wrote: "I would LOVE this!!!! I work at my local library and have been working on creating a Clean Reads list for our patrons. So glad to have found this group!!!"

That's a great idea. I might run it by our librarians!


message 45: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (howerr) | 1 comments Yes!!!!


Happy Reading Watching (nashelie) love this idea!!!!:)


message 47: by Carl (new)

Carl | 5 comments It is a good idea to have a rating system. However, ratings are subjective. What is "clean" to one person, may not be "clean enough" for someone else. So, first, we must define what "clean" is. I mean, do we allow two curse words, or none? Do we allow some sexual content, and if so, how much? Who is to decide, the movie ratings system? I have seen some movies that they said were okay for teens that I did not think were fit for adults. Additionally, do we apply these standards to only print copies, or do we add e-reader versions and audiobooks?

As an audiobook narrator/producer, I am struggling, also, with finding good material to put my name to. Perhaps we can further this discussion to put some meat to the bones already suggested by Paul!


message 48: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey Duncan  | 1 comments Fantastic idea!! I was literally wanting the same thing and could not find something to rate my books anywhere!! You spend so much time looking for a good book then you have to leave it because of the language and so fourth. What can I do to help it move forward??


message 49: by The Flipped Page (Susan (last edited Jun 20, 2019 06:37PM) (new)

 The Flipped Page (Susan K) (theflippedpage) | 48 comments One thing I do is I always rate it at the top of my review, hoping it will be there to help readers who are looking for a clean read. That being said, that is one of the reasons I started following a certain blog although they don't always review books I read, the content is very clear.


message 50: by Susan (new)

Susan | 1 comments Yes! Goodreads! Please do this!


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