I have concluded that it was just too much trouble for too little gain. There are many tools out there that do a better job of this, and not all of them are terrible.
After a little bit of dabbling around, I have landed on LibraryThing as my online catalogue of books. I’ve been using it for a couple of years now but have only recently settled on a consistent logging habit.
LibraryThing might not look as pretty as Goodreads, but it has some pretty nice customisation options. There are a lot of things you can do to organise your books – perfect for the nerds who like to fiddle.
And there’s even a dashboard showing a breakdown of your library: by publication date, by genre, rating, author’s gender – it even shows a breakdown by whether the authors are dead or alive.
So the long and short of it is that I will be doing most of my book ratings and cataloguing over on LibraryThing now, and you can find my library here.