March 9, 2020

How to Use Goodreads

*Hello my loves! I'm back today with a kind of how-to post on Goodreads. I thought it would be fun to go over how and why I use Goodreads to track my reading. I might also include the other things I use to track my reading. Well, let's get into it!


How to use Goodreads.


Tracking current reads.

This is probably the most common use for Goodreads. At it's most basic it is an excellent way to record your reading. You can see my Currently Reading shelf here.

Keeping track of recommended books.

I also used Goodreads to keep track of the books that people have recommended to me. I used to do this in a notebook but it was not convenient and most of the time I forgot about them. You can see my recommended shelf here.

Books I've read.

This seems like a no brainer but I felt like I'd include it here anyway. I have been tracking my reading on Goodreads for a couple years now and it's so cool to look back and see how my reading habits have changed over time. See all my reads here.


New releases that I'm interested in.

I also started using Goodreads to keep track of books that are releasing in the current year that I'm interested in. It shouldn't be but sometimes it's really hard to find out what books are releasing and when. So I have a dedicated shelf just for new releases.

Books I bought in the current year.

Normally I would put any books I've bought on this shelf.  This year, though I decided I wouldn't be including books I've purchased this year on my unread shelf. The reason being that I learned a lot about book buying last year and I've only been buying books I've either already read or that I know I'll actually read. If I have any of these books left on this shelf at the end of 2020, then they will get moved to my unread shelf for 2021.

Books I didn't finish.

Last year I kept pretty good track of this and then a month or so ago I decided that I didn't need to keep track of the books I never finished. But, here I am, keeping track of it again. I think I stopped doing it because Goodreads will recommend books to you based on what you have shelved. I don't really like getting recommendations based on books I didn't care for. Anyway, I'll see how it goes this year.

Unread books I own.

This is the biggest thing I track on my Goodreads. I have a shelf titled Unread Shelf, and I put every single unread book I bought before 2020. Yes, even my ebooks. It's really helpful for me to remember that my big goal for 2020 is to read all of the books on this shelf. And seeing that number dwindle every month gives me big satisfaction. I can't wait until this number is 10 or below. 

Books to buy.

Since I don't shop on Amazon I needed a place to keep track of books I'd like to buy. Goodreads seemed like a great option. Every once in a while I'll go through this shelf and remove books I'm no longer interested in or that I know I won't read.

Unread nonfiction books/read nonfiction books.

I do keep my nonfiction and fiction books separated. I put a bigger priority on reading fiction and I don't have a goal to read all of the nonfiction books I own this year so I decided to separate them.  You can see the nonfiction I've read here. And my unread nonfiction here.

Reviews for ARCs

Another thing I've started doing in recent months is putting up reviews for ARCs I've received. I don't read many ARCs but I needed a place to put my reviews and Goodreads is a great place to do this!

That's it for how I used Goodreads! I hope you found some new ways to use your own Goodreads account. Oh! Since this is a post about Goodreads it seems like a good time to ask if you want to be friends on Goodreads! I love following along with other readers! You can find my profile here. 

Happy reading friends,

Alicen