One of the more interesting features of Goodreads is the "recommendations" page where the site recommends books according to an algorithm. They based their recommendations on the books I've added on my shelf (taking into account my reader ratings) and books which were enjoyed by other readers with interests similar to mine. How they do this thing was a mystery.
According to Goodreads, I'll enjoy the following 10 books in the "classics" genre. They actually named 50 titles, but it's too bothersome to list them all.
1. The Divan by Hafez, because I added Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám of Naishapur.
Unless a copy landed on my desk, I don't foresee myself buying this book.
2. Antonin Artaud: Selected Writings, because I added The Ubu Plays by Alfred Jarry.
The book was edited and selected by Susan Sontag, the probable connection with Jarry. 720 pages. It's not on the reading horizon for me.
3. Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline, because I added The Plague and The Stranger by Albert Camus and The Castle and The Trial by Franz Kafka.
I have a copy, so Goodreads scores this one.
4. The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil, because I added the two Kafka novels and The Loser and Wittgenstein's Nephew by Thomas Bernhard.
I am interested.
5. The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, because I added Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Maybe. Because I thoroughly loved Saint-Exupéry's book. And because of the kick-ass title.
6. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, because I added A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold.
7. The Riddlemaster of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip, because I added the first three books of Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle.
Not in this lifetime, no.
8. Selected Writings by Guillaume Apollinaire, because I added two books by Jorge Luis Borges.
Finally, a poetry book! I'll read it, given the chance.
9. Q by Luther Blissett, because I added Umberto Eco's The Island of the Day Before.
I think I won't enjoy it. The premise is insufferable.
10. Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser, because I added a book each by John Williams, Kafka, Stefan Zweig, W. G. Sebald, and Bernhard.
This turned out to be a Euro-centric list of recommendations. But Walser has long been on my wish list. So, I'm good with it.
At 5 out of 10, Goodreads barely passed my unscientific bookmatching test for classics.
The other genres which the site provides recommendations for are: fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, and philosophy. They also give recommendations based on your entire "read" shelf or any shelf category you happen to create (e.g., favorites list, postmodernism, procrastination).