As I have mentioned in about every single blog post and social media account, I am obsessed with books. And because of that, I have become obsessed with the website, Goodreads, and its app. I have called it my favorite website numerous times (because I’m only a little lame) and I have rated 220 books and reviewed 80 books. I turn most of my new reviews into YouTube videos because I like to pretend that people care about what I have to say about my books 🙂
Goodreads, on Twitter, claims that they are “the largest site for readers and book recommendations. Find new books, recommend books, track your reading, join book clubs, win advanced copies, and much more!” The website premiered in 2006. And in March 2013, Amazon announced its acquisition of Goodreads. I was oblivious to all of this and joined the site in November 2013. I had recently moved into my first apartment and was looking for an efficient way to catalogue and keep track of my books.
Goodreads is amazing because each book on their site is connected to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, various other stores, and even your local library! They make it easy to find and locate books, whether through its genre or the month it will be released. They recommend books to you too! Goodreads also makes it easy to connect with friends and other book lovers, through groups, discussion boards, quizzes, and quote sharing.
I spend at least an hour every day on the Goodreads site or app. It’s probably sad, but I love seeing what my friends and fellow BookTubers are reading. I discover tons of new books this way and through the “lists” feature. The lists are created by users and are made up of categories, like “Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once,” “Comics & Graphic Novels by Women,” and “Best Books of the Decade: 2010’s.” I haven’t made any lists yet, but I have added books to lists!
Plus, Goodreads offers book giveaways from authors and publishing companies – most are new releases or advanced reader copies – and you can even browse giveaways by genres, so you’re only entering to win books that you’ll actually read. This is another way I find books to add to my “to-read” shelf (I’ll explain more about shelves below). I enter at least 5 giveaways every day. At this moment in time, I have won 16 books through the Goodreads giveaway program; including 9 this year! And this feature was kept pretty hush-hush by Goodreaders for a while, like our own personal secret…but now everyone knows about it, so I don’t feel guilty telling you.
You may not know, but I am very meticulous when it comes to my library and organizing my books. I do have an Excel sheet that I update a few times a year, but Goodreads makes it so much easier. They have a feature where you can scan the ISBN of your books and then, you can create bookshelves to categorize your own collection of books. I have shelves like, “Favorites,” “Own,” “2017 Acquired Books,” “Shakespeare,” and “Middle/High School.” I do have about a dozen books that are too old and unique to be on Goodreads; I could add them if I wanted, but I don’t 😛 Goodreads is great like that.
Last but not least, one of the features that probably everyone uses: the Reading Challenge Tracker. Over 2 million people use the tracker to monitor their reading throughout the year. I started using it last year, because I actually had time to read after graduate school. I challenged myself to read 50 books this year and I’m already up to 29 (though I am in the middle of 2 novels and 3 cookbooks). And with the tracker, you can also monitor how your friends are doing with their reading challenge and give them encouragement to keep reading!
Are you a Goodreads member? If so, what’s your favorite feature?
Feel free to follow my reviews or add me as a friend at www.goodreads.com/ashleykress