discussion: how do you use goodreads?


Hello, fellow bloggers!

Once again, I apologize for the fact I’ve been a mess lately. I’m taking the weekend to write blog posts, reply to comments and blog hop, so hopefully you guys don’t mind if you see my face popping up on two-week old posts, because, as I’ve stated before, I am a mess.

Because of that, I felt like it was the perfect opportunity to share about how do I use Goodreads and discuss with you guys more about it as well. You’ll soon learn that, much like every other aspect of my life, my presence there is also messy af.

Goodreads is this online platform where you can track all the books you’ve read, give them ratings, organize them by shelves, see other people’s comments about it and so on and so forth. By the way, you can follow me there if you want *shameless self promo*.

As for how I use my Goodreads:

1. I track all the books I’ve read, but not necessarily the time it took me to finish them.

I can not understand only adding books to your Goodreads *a month* after you’ve read them. Like, no. I read books solely so I can see the little bar on my Reading Challenge move. That is my source of motivation.

I will say, though, that I do not add books as soon as I start reading them, so the time it takes me to finish a book is definitely a loooot longer than typically showed in my Gooderads. I’ve been trying to better about it this year, but I almost always forget to add the day I start a book.

2. My TBR shelf is a mess

I do not use my TBR shelf as an actual TBR shelf at all. I don’t know why I’m like this, honestly. But the Goodreads interface is not the most user-friendly and so I’d much rather have phone-notes on the books I want to read, other than adding it to a shelf.

There are books on my TBR which I owe physically, others I don’t. There are books I owe physically and haven’t added there yet.

So, yeah, it’s pretty much a mess, much like my life.

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3. I do have different shelves for different genres and representations

I’ve only done this recently, but it’s been a life-saver. If I’m writing a recommendations post under a specific genre or rep, I can just go for that specific shelf and see all the books I’ve already read that could go for that post.

Since I’ve been tracking how diversely I’m reading this year, this also has come in handy. I’m tracking it in a separate notebook I have, but I’ve been using these shelves a lot, just in case I forget the specifics for each book.

4. I do not write lengthy reviews for every book I read

I know! Probably the biggest crime of having a Goodreads account is not writing reviews, but I just don’t care that much.

I’d much rather white a lengthy review for my blog, where I feel more comfortable sharing my thoughts and being able to format the way I want to. Also, the response on my blog is much better than it would ever be on Goodreads, so I’d much rather share it here than anywhere else.

I do write one-sentence thoughts for each book I read, but that’s about it. I end up always going deeper in my monthly wrap-ups anyway, so I don’t worry that much.

Plus, I don’t think every book deserves a lengthy review. Sometimes, it was just mediocre, and I don’t have that many thoughts on it, so I don’t stress trying to find words for something I don’t even want to talk about on the first place.

I do appreciate Goodreads reviews, though! Every time I’m interested in a book, I end up reading some reviews and especially after I’ve read it, I always look at people’s thoughts and see how we agree or disagree. I just don’t have the same level of diligence, truly.

5. I do have a Goodreads challenge – and this may be the first year I’m closer to achieving it

I know many people do not have Goodreads challenges and don’t care about them, which I do not judge at all. Last year, I didn’t set a number for the challenge either, and it was freeing in a great way.

This year, though, I wanted to work my motivation and aim for something that was high for my previous standards, but still achievable, which is why I chose 40 books as my initial challenge.

We’re halfway through the year, and I’m 70% into it already. It makes me super happy to know I’m much closer to achieving it than I’ve ever been before.

I’m 11 books ahead on the challenge, where in previous years, I’ve only been around two books ahead and probably many behind.

Despise being close, I do not think I’ll be raising the number. I don’t want to get overconfident and ruin it by the end of the year, so I’ll just stick with 40 and see where I can go from there.


That is all I wanted to share with you today. Now, I ask for you guys to continue the discussion in the comments: how do you use Goodreads? Do you write reviews there or in your blog only? How do you shelf your books? Do you use the challenge feature and how close are you to achieving your goal? Let me know! 😌

25 comentários sobre “discussion: how do you use goodreads?

  1. Yeah I never write reviews on goodreads… lol. It’s just too much work and I think a star review says enough in my case. I mostly just use goodreads to track my reading challenge, and to also know what books to get based on my tbr

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    • I do get a lot of recommendations from Goodreads and that’s one of my favorite things about it too! I even have a folder on my phone just filled with screenshots of books I found through Goodreads and think are pretty interesting, lol.
      Thanks for stopping by, Em! 😌


  2. This is an amazing post, Lais! I agree so much with a lot of what you wrote here.

    I really just use Goodreads as a place to keep track of the books I’ve read, to update my reading challenge, and to be my TBR (that’s where we’re different, haha). I also never write Goodreads reviews?? I would never be able to do that for all the books I read. XD

    I would love to do different shelves for various representations and genres, like you do, so that it would make posts easier…but I know that I would never be able to stick to it and it would likely be fruitless for me to even try. I do feel more inspired after reading this post, but I know my inspiration wouldn’t last long, lol.

    Also, congrats on your amazing progress on your Goodreads goal. ;)

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    • Thank you so much, Olivia!
      As much as I find Goodreads reviews helpful if I’m looking at a certain book, I just do not have the patience to write them myself, hahah. But I do appreciate the ones who do it!
      I feel like now, it would be a lot of hardwork to shelf every book you have on Goodreads, especially if you have a lot. I think I only had around 100 books when I did it and it was tiring, so I can only imagine if there were over 300+!
      Thank you so much! And thanks for the lovely comment! 😊

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  3. I relate SO much to only adding books to my currently reading and updating that I read them to my goodreads just so that I can see the satisfaction of seeing myself get closer to completing my goodreads reading challenge. Oof same by goodreads tbr shelf is a mess. Since I have way way more books in my actual tbr than it says on there, I just add books that have yet to release to my want to read shelf. I’m the worst at updating if I don’t want to read that anticipated releases anymore though. I actually started writing lengthy/more in-depth reviews of the book I’ve read and posting them to goodreads recently. Since I find that my rating fluctuates a lot when I don’t write down my thoughts first immediately after finishing a book, I find that goodreads is a good way to hold myself accountable to write down my thoughts first since I immediately update if a book has been read on there. My reading challenge is set to 75 books which is stretching it a little because I average like six or five books a month, but so far I’m ahead, but not by much. I feel like I’m still stretching it a little but I think I actually have a chance at reading 75 books. Congrats on your amazing reading challenge progress though, and this was a great post that discusses goodreads because I think everyone uses it differently!

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    • I think writing a review immediately after reading a book is really really smart! I definitely need to get better at it and I totally understand it being very useful for you. I like to believe I have a very good memory, though, so not always I see it being necessary.
      I have faith that you’re going to make it, Caitlin! Really! And thank you so much!
      That’s why I was so excited to share this post, actually. I think it’s really interesting to see just how much we diverge on how we use it.
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! 😊

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  4. My Goodreads profile is also a mess! But I wanna do better at it, so I’ll definitely try to improve over the Summer break (which will only happen when I’m done with my exams, later this month). When I first created my account, I’d go crazy over everything it offered, especially reading clubs and giveaways. Lately, not so much. I use it mostly to track my reading progress and my shelves (and my main shelves are my tbr – books I already have but unread – and what I’ve read in the past years). Occasionally, I remember to check out the Beta/Sensitivity reading groups. But I’ve never used it as a social media! What I wanna do when I have some time is to create new, better shelves (for the same purpose you mentioned) and also cross-post my reviews because I always forget that!
    Great post! 😊

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    • Man, I’m so glad I’m not the only one! Through this post, I actually found out there are a lot of people like me who just don’t have organized shelves on Goodreads or proper reviews for each book and I think I feel better somehow, hahah.
      I have never used the features of reading clubs and giveaways on Goodreads, actually! I should probably get better at it, though, because I have heard of a few people actually winning it, so I think it’s legit!
      I am the worst at using it as a social media, to be honest. I’m still trying to figure out how to actually reply to comments on your updates, hahah.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Marta! 😊

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      • I’ve never gotten anything from Goodreads giveaways but you never know haha Groups are kinda useful tho! I used to reply to comments on the laptop version because I find it easier, but isn’t there a reply button? o:

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      • I don’t think so??? Or I’ve never noticed a reply button that has been staring straight at me for the past seven months, lol. Goodreads is a great platform but I just wish it could be more user-friendly sometimes. (I mean, don’t even get me started on their search feature, which is a mess most of the time, hahah).

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  5. Ahhh I’m terrible sometimes at adding books to my currently reading shelf, sometimes I do so after I’m already done with the book hahahaha. I just keep on forgetting to do it somehow?
    I recently started making a couple of goodreads shelves and I have to say it’s been helpful to track the upcoming releases and the books I have as ebooks, since I keep on forgetting whether or not I have them on my e-reader or just can’t find my copy on my shelf hahaha. I’d love to keep track of representations with my shelves, too, but… I just don’t have the dedication to do all of that ahah.
    Lovely post! :)

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    • Same here! I have to constantly remind myself to add the books I’m currently reading!
      I can understand that! When I started doing shelves for each rep, I think I only had around 100 books added and it was already painful. It would be a lot of hardwork if you have more than 300+, so I understand you, hahah. But having different shelves for e-books and physical ones can be very helpful! I should probably start doing that too.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Marie! ❣️

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  6. I’ve been wanting to use goodreads more lately so I’m excited to see how you use it.
    Sometimes I take a while to add the book that I’ve started on goodreads but when I’ve finished it I am usually on time too 😂
    I’m so glad to hear that your TBR includes all sorts because I am the same!! I rarely organise it so it includes some books I’ve remembered to add and some that I probably don’t want to read anymore 😂
    Ooh.. having different shelves for different genres etc. sounds like a good idea. I might try that myself one day (it may take me a while because of procrastination though 😂)
    I am trying to write more reviews on goodreads but they are not as in depth as I would on a blog post but I thought it would help me to get better at reviews. But we’ll see how long I keep it up 😂
    Yes well done on your goodreads challenge 70% is impressive!! 😊
    I think I actually use goodreads pretty similarly to you!!
    I reading enjoyed reading this post!! 💛

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    • I relate sooooo much! I had quite a lot of titles on my TBR shelf that I wasn’t even interested anymore, so recently I did some cleaning and deleted all of those.
      I always find Goodreads reviews helpful and nice to read; I just don’t have the patience to do it myself? Lol. But I do appreciate the ones who take their time!
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Sophie! I’m glad to hear we use it very similarly!

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  7. I’m a pretty frequent user of goodreads 😂
    But I don’t do the whole organising my shelves things because it’s so. Much. Effort.
    I write reviews & update it in real-time because I love doing stuff like that (I am like you, I love watching my little reading challenge bar go up!) I also think it’s so cool seeing the percentage go up & it helps me break down the book & read it quicker than I would without the percentage (idk why 😂)
    The reviews also remind me about my thoughts for my book updates.
    2018 was my first goodreads year & I think my reading challenge was like 15 or something because I had absolutely no idea how much I read in a year! I ended up reading 50 books that year so massively underestimated myself 😂💕

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    • Oh my, I totally understand you! It was a lot of work shelving all the 100 books I already had on my Goodreads at the time, so I can only imagine doing it if you have around 300 books there. It would take forever, probably, hahah.
      Wow, that’s actually amazing! I typically overestimate myself and that’s probably why I’ve never reached a single Goodreads goal, hahah.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Xandra! 💛

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  8. I mostly use Goodreads for… I don’t know, a mix of crazy TBR and keeping track of books but it’s super unorganized because my read shelf includes a whole list of books I read several years ago so out throws everything off 😂

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