How to: use Goodreads like a pro

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Today on my how to series, we’re talking about how to use Goodreads like a pro. If you happen to not know what Goodreads is, it’s like Facebook but for books. You can keep track of your TBR and what books you’ve read, and can make shelves for nearly anything you want. You can rate and review books on it. Essentially every book you can think of is on Goodreads, and it’s a great way to find other book lovers.

However, even if you know what Goodreads is, there are some things about it you might not know. So today, I thought we’d go through and I could show you some of the features available on Goodreads.

Quick disclaimer: I’m not trying to say that I’m an expert or the best at this, by any means. These are honestly just things I’ve found work for me, and that I wanted to know when I started my blog.

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Did you know Goodreads will give you recommendations based on books you’ve read? There are two places to find this feature: the top under “browse” and down along the side.

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Once there, you can choose the shelf or genre you want to get recommendations for. These recommendations are based on your ratings of other books, so the more books you rate, the better recommendations.

You can also indicate if you’re not interested in a book.

based on readFinally, you can recommend books to other people, ask for recommendations, and see which books you’ve marked as not interested.

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Finding different editions of books

On Goodreads, you can also specify which edition of a book you own/read. This is useful for keeping track of how many pages you’ve read as some editions have more or fewer pages. It’s also fun to look at the different covers of popular books.


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Fun Goodreads features

There are so many other great things about Goodreads. There are giveaways, author interviews, groups for readalongs, discussions, quizzes, a way to track your favourite quotes. Some of my favourite groups are Top Five Wednesday, a weekly meme,Β Our Shared Shelf, Emma Watson’s book club, and Brilliant Books You’ve Never Heard Of.


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Seeing your reading stats

You can also see stats of your reading. You can see the number of books and pages you’ve read over the years, and see how many books you’ve read from each publication year. This can be a fun blog post to do at the end of the year, too!

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On “my books”, select “stats” near the top

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Organizing your bookshelves

You can organize your shelves by number of ratings, number of pages, average rating, publication date,Β anything you’d want, really.

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So those are some of my tips for using Goodreads! I hope this was helpful and you learned something! Do you have any tips for using Goodreads? Let me know!!

If there’s anything you want me to cover, let me know and I can do my best!

Thanks for reading! xx

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29 thoughts on “How to: use Goodreads like a pro

  1. It feels good to be learning more about goodreads and what you can do– like recommendations and groups to be a part of. And I didn’t know about the stats so that is pretty cool!! You can use it for so much more than just tracking your reading. Thank you for making this πŸ’›

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  2. Ahh these are lovely tips! I recently discovered the detailed statistics with the graphics of the books you’ve read per month and ahhh somehow it made me happy to see my reading progress this way haha I love it πŸ™‚

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  3. I did know about the different editions (it’s so helpful when tracking reading progress because then you get that more accurate percentage) but I’m pretty sure the others I didn’t know about so this was super interesting! I usually use the app so I’m going to have to explore the website on my laptop now! I need to look at them stats! πŸ˜‚

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  4. I’ve only recently discovered that I can show my Kindle highlights on Goodreads. (Recent discovery because I’ve recently started, you know, USING MY KINDLE. I don’t know how long this feature has been around. πŸ˜‰ ) They really do have some neat features on GR.

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      1. LOL, that certainly makes sense! Mine is all connected kinda accidentally. I don’t remember when I connected GR to Amazon, but now that it’s there I’m afraid of what I’ll lose if I try to disconnect them.

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  5. Hi. I’m really bad at GR, so this is very helpful. I always felt like I was not entirely using it up to it’s full potential, so these are really great tips – thanks! 😊

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  6. I’m so behind on my blog posts so that I missed this one when you first posted! Such a useful post, thank you for writing it. I use Goodreads but I don’t know how to use Goodreads efficiently so this is beyond helpful, thank you.

    I do really wish they had a DNF option though, that would make life infinitely easy!

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