Hi everyone! I decided that I wanted to try out a discussion post. I’ve never done one of these before, but I always love chiming in on them on other blogs, so why not do one here? 🙂
This is mostly just going to be me dumping my thoughts on Goodreads into a post, to be completely honest.
I’m sure most of you probably use Goodreads. I made an account a few years ago and I never really used it that much, but when I started book blogging, I started using it more. (Side note: if anyone wants to add me as a friend, please do! I barely have anyone on there.)
I mostly use Goodreads to quickly add things to my TBR and to sort of “log” my reading. Before I used Goodreads, I kept my TBR in a notebook. I still do, actually. I started that notebook when I was around 14 and have a bit of an emotional attachment to it haha But when I’m on the computer and see bloggers or other people in the reading community rave about a book or I just come across a book that looks interesting, it’s easier to add it to Goodreads and then update my notebook later. I also like keeping track of my reading progress. It helps me see which books I read really quickly and which books take me forever to get through which doesn’t really serve much of a purpose other than satiating my curiosity lol
I think I would enjoy Goodreads more if there was more interaction. I know a lot of this is due to me not having many friends on there. I tried joining a group, but I couldn’t stick with it. It seemed difficult to get to know people and to interact with them, even within a group. I wonder if that was because it had tons of members and if I would have better luck with a smaller group.
I know a lot of users have quite a few different shelves and make lists and everything. Up until VERY recently, I only used the same shelves that you get automatically: to read, read, and currently reading. Then I added a favorites shelf (although I haven’t added many books to that), an ARC review shelf, and a shelf for books where the author contacted me to review them. I really love seeing the different shelves that people come up with. There are some really creative ones I’ve seen! I want to start adding more shelves to better categorize books, but I’m afraid it’ll end up getting hectic and hard to keep up with.
Anyway, I’ll finish up by saying: I really like using Goodreads, but I think it would be more enjoyable if I had more friends on it and interacted more with other readers rather than just adding books to shelves and updating my progress.
What are your thoughts on Goodreads? Do you use it? Do you LIKE using it? What are some of your favorite (and/or least favorite) features?