How do you use Goodreads? That is today’s million dollar question (if I had a million dollars….) But really, I am curious. I know a lot of people use Goodreads in a lot of different ways. Ways that keep changing. And this might sound kind of bad, but I don’t use Goodreads that often – I just don’t find it as useful as I did before. And it really has nothing to do with all the other websites that share a similar purpose, but more to do with me. But what about you? Do you use Goodreads? And if you do, how so?
Nowadays, I primarily use Goodreads for blogging. I use it to look up books, download book covers, and for copying book synopses. Occasionally, I’ll post reviews on Goodreads, but that’s only if I have time (or if I remember…)
For Book Recommendations
I first started using Goodreads to get more book recommendations. All of my friends read popular books, the books that were “in” at the time. Books like Divergent and The Hunger Games. Books like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. The only problem was those were the only recommendations they could give me, but I had already read all of them like a million times before so I turned to Goodreads for recommendations. If you add some of the books you read before and rate them, Goodreads and generally generate some really good recommendations. In fact, I found most of my favorite reads through recommendations by Goodreads.
As a Reading Log
I tried doing this but it didn’t really work out… if you check out my Goodreads profile, it still says I’m reading a book that I started over a year ago. No, it does not usually take me a year to read ONE book so you do the math. I blame it on the fact that I’m too busy and interested in starting my next read to update my Goodreads account, but it probably has more to do with the fact that it doesn’t rank very high on my to do list and I can get lazy and forgetful…. Some people are really meticulous, updating their status with page numbers and quotes. Me? You can forget it.
Goodreads is also good for reading other people’s reviews before you decide to start reading a book. Now, I only do this for books I know I’m not going to review. After I started blogging I got this fear that reading the reviews of others will somehow influence my opinion and feelings about the book.
To Keep Track of TBR Pile
Haha, probably one of Goodreads most useful purposes for me. To keep track of my TBR pile that never, ever, ever seems to get smaller. It only ever gets bigger. How else can I keep track of all the books I want to read? Writing them is too much of a pain and Goodreads is convenient – it’s super easy to add books to my TBR shelf. The only problem with this system is I don’t really update it when I read books. That might be one of the reasons why my TBR pile never seems to get smaller….
What about you?
What do you use Goodreads for?
How do you use Goodreads?
Do you have any other uses than the ones I listed?