Goodreads

So I am going to make my 100 books in 2018 goal, I think. I’m 8 (7?) books away and I’m deliberately choosing mostly easy-to-read books so I have plenty of time to finish them before the year ends. I was writing a quick review on Facebook of the last book I read simply because it turned out to be way better than I expected, and I though I really should be documenting all of this on Goodreads.

According to my profile, I started my account in 2011 and I know since then I’ve tried – maybe3-5 times – to REALLY get into using that website. But, here’s the thing, every time I think I’m going to put some books I’ve read on this thing  – I get frustrated that I can’t put ALL of the books I’ve read on there. Like…every time I log in I see the number of books on my shelves or in my reviews and I think Uggg….I’ve read way more than that.

BUT DUDE! This would be a PERFECT time to use the website! Chronicling a whole year of reading? That would have been way easier than trying to keep a dumb spreadsheet which is what I’ve done this year. Now, as I’m trying to remember some of the books I gave 5/5 starts I’m really wishing I had an online reference so I could quickly see a review or something I wrote to remind myself of why I liked the book so much. I mean, I gave it 5/5 starts on my spreadsheet…WHY CAN I NOT REMEMBER A THING ABOUT IT?

So I’m thinking about taking the time over the rest of the week to catalog my books from 2018 and take time to refresh my memory about them. I think it will make my life much easier for my year-end review. I’m worried it may take so long that I’m wasting precious hours I could be reading, but I just read 3 books in 5 days so I think I can give myself a little bit of a buffer.

What are your thoughts about Goodreads? Do you find it as frustrating that you can’t just click a button, let it tap into your brain, and somehow know every book you’ve ever read? THAT WOULD BE AMAZING.

7 Comments

  • Bree / Frema

    I love Goodreads. I use it to track my yearly challenges and as a repository of books I’m interested in. I don’t worry about logging my whole library, for the reasons you mentioned. Sometimes I leave a review, sometimes not. It’s also fun to track re-reads!

  • Carrie

    I love Goodreads. It’s nice being able to look back and see the books I’ve read. It feels like an accomplishment. I will say, though, that the one time I left a review about a book I gave 3 stars on, the author responded to me about it and I was so embarrassed. So I stopped writing reviews. Ha. She was nice about it, though (thanked me for the constructive criticism, etc. I just never thought she’d actually read it!)

  • Ashley Cullen

    I love Goodreads! I especially love that it helps me keep track of what I want to read. I basically keep it open on my computer and my library website open too so I can add books to both! I was able to read 62 books this year I think, way more than I have in previous years. I think those challenges really encourage you to read more. I love those too!

  • Hillary

    I have also had a Goodreads account forever and I never do anything with it. I’m sure I would love it if I did — it seems like it would be a good way to keep track of what I read and find new reads to expand my horizons.

    The start of a new year is a good time to give it a try. Maybe I’ll set a reading goal for 2019.

  • LC

    I like using Goodreads so when I am at the library, I can quickly look and see what books I am interested in reading. Sometimes I go with one book in mind and if it’s checked out, I can’t recall what other books I wanted to read.
    Or if I am telling someone about a book I read and can’t recall the exact title or author, I can look at what I have read and tell them.

    (Hhhmmmmm….I see a memory issue here. Sucks getting old. LOL!!)

  • Sheila

    I absolutely feel you on the completist tendency… I resisted Goodreads for a long time for the exact same reason. Finally I decided to just start by adding books that I had loved, or finding authors that I had read several books from, and adding multiple books from their page. I mostly did that because I wanted to make their “Recommendations” feature work better. Then if they ever recommend a book I’ve already read, I go ahead and mark that one as read too. But I have given up on the idea of having an exhaustive list of all the books I’ve read…and it’s really okay. I’m glad I started using it. One complaint is that I haven’t figured out how to tell Goodreads that I read a book. I mean, I thought that adding it to my “Read” shelf did that, but apparently not. It knows *some* of the books I read this year, I think if I had it on the “Want to Read” list, then read it on my Kindle, it knows I read some of them? But not all? Anyway I have not used that feature but maybe it will work for you. Still I use it a TON to keep track of “Want to Read,” and I created some shelves like YA, Pending Series, and Romance for genres that I like and to keep track of authors if I’m waiting on the next book in a series. FYI I never write reviews but usually between the star ratings I give and the book description I can remember what I liked or didn’t like.

  • Angela

    Since I basically want to read every book ever written and there is no way I’m going to live long enough to accomplish that goal, I use recommendations and ratings by my Goodreads (mostly real life) friends to help me determine my reading list. Like several commenters above, the reading challenge inspires me to read more…100 books the past couple of years and hopefully 140 this year. I’m a fan!