I ask people to answer this simple question when they send me a friend request on Goodreads: Why do you want to be my friend? Sometimes, people ignore the question, which makes me reluctant to accept. Sometimes, I get "Your picture is hot." Hello, it's Grace Kelly. *rolls eyes*
This week, I got this request:
I sent this reply:
The person who sent the request joined Goodreads in May 2012 and has one friend listed. I'm a bit suspicious. I assume that the publisher may still hold the rights. If not, the author surely would. Wouldn't that make it illegal to share it? That's why I replied that it wasn't legal. Just because it's out of print on the publisher's website doesn't mean it's in the public domain. I consulted with my team of experts (Kris, Chris, and Tam) and got some feedback from some other folks who would definitely know about this issue. As one of my experts said, "She's talking out her arse." I guess you can guess who that was. :)
Has this person just made an honest mistake? Maybe, but the way she went about this whole friend request definitely shows a lack of social skills/tact. Is she simply trolling and trying to see how many people she can get to give her free books? I don't know. Either way, it doesn't appear that she really wants to be my friend. Who sends a friend request with that type of question in it?
Apparently my reply to her ticked her off. Here's what I got in return:
This is where I start to feel a bit bitchy. Her profile is now set to private; therefore, I can't reply to her final message. Here's what I would have sent:
Rescind away, darlin'. It's not like I was accepting. Why would I accept when you, a person with one friend, blatantly stated you were sending the request because you wanted a book from me? Hello, do you walk up to people and say, "Hi, will you be my friend? Now give me five bucks." I don't think so.
By the way, the book she requested falls in the middle of a series. Of the fifteen books on her "read" shelf, none are from this particular series or by this particular author.
Am I thinking about this too much? Being too cynical? Too much of a rabid bitch?
I did refrain from sharing her name; although, as Chris pointed out, she could just be a sock puppet.
I've already posted that I met my reading challenge for this year (350). I've been contemplating next year's goal. I assume that I'll make it the number that I manage to have read by the end of 2012. Is that how you folks determine your goals, or do you do something else?
As of the time I'm composing this, I'm at 383.