I have told several people IRL over the last few months about why I love Goodreads. I was shocked to learn that they’d never heard of it. They were keeping track of the books they wanted to read in various lasts – on their phone, on paper, etc. That was me back in 2013 before I discovered Goodreads. And it changed my reading life. Honestly.
5 Reasons I love Goodreads
1. Goodreads keeps track of what I want to read.
The reason I started using Goodreads was to consolidate my TBR list. I have the Goodreads app on my phone, which means I always have the list of books I want to read. And I always have access to the full library of books, so I can add books to my list whenever I hear about a book I want to read. Currently, my to-read shelf has 612 books on it, which is pretty insane. It may be time for another cleansing of my TBR list, but that’s something I’ve already written about.
2. Goodreads keeps track of what I’ve already read.
Goodreads helps me remember what books I’ve already read…or at least the books I’ve read since 2013. I have added some others that I know I’ve read, but I haven’t really tried to remember a more comprehensive list of books I’ve read. Knowing what I’ve read in the last 3 years is at least a good start. I have 472 books on my read shelf.
3. Goodreads helps me remember which books I liked/disliked.
As soon as I started using Goodreads, I started rating books, which means I can now recall whether I liked or disliked a book. Before August 2013, I could fairly accurately remember the books I’d read recently, but I didn’t always remember whether the book was good. That made it really hard to recommend books to friends and family. Goodreads rating make that much easier. (Blogging and reviewing books has taken it one step further and helped me remember WHY I rated the books the way I did.)
4. Goodreads allows me to see what my friends are reading.
I love getting book recommendations from people I know. When my Goodreads friends (who are most often friends in real life) rate a book they’ve read, it helps me decide whether I want to read the book. If they write a review, then it’s even better. Plus it’s fun to know what your friends are reading, so you can talk about the books. You know I love talking about books!
5. Goodreads has all of the book details.
I have an aversion to super long books (500+ pages), so being able to see the book length right away is really helpful when I’m deciding whether I even want to put a book on my TBR list. It’s also nice to be able to get information about release dates. Especially now that I read a lot of reviews on blogs, it’s nice to know whether the book is even out yet.
As a book blogger, Goodreads makes many other things a lot easier: grabbing book details for review posts, compiling lists of books for Top Ten Tuesday and other list posts, and sharing my reviews with other readers. But all of those things are really secondary to why I love Goodreads as a reader.