Are you on GoodReads? If you’re trying to learn more about a topic or advance in your career, reading can be the path to your success. Goodreads is the place to track your reading progress and keep a list of the books that you’d like to read.
What Is GoodReads? From their website:
“Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world. We have more than 9,600,000 members who have added more than 340,000,000 books to their shelves. A home for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, GoodReads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more. GoodReads was launched in January 2007.”
Reading is essential if you want to be a writer. From Stephen King, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
What can you do on GoodReads? Let’s take a look, if you are a reader, you will love this! If you are a reluctant reader, you can find just the right book easily.
1. Set up a profile on Goodreads
Very basic information, yes, however; a crucial thing that many overlook when joining a new site. I know how it goes, you go to check out a new website, don’t know if you will like it so you skip the profile step. Then you never go back to it. Break this habit and create your profile at the beginning, you can always update it later.
There are two kinds of profiles: reader and authors. This is my author profile on Goodreads.
2. Find your friends or make new ones
This allows you to connect with your friends from any of these networks or you can invite people via email.
3. Add your favorite books
Click on “My Books” in the top navigation menu and add away! You can add books into read, currently reading, to read categories or edit your bookshelf to add your own categories.
There are additional categories of feature, sortable, sticky, exclusive and recommendations.
4. Find book recommendations
You can check many places for recommendations including a feature called “ask for recommendations” which sends a request to your GoodReads friends. Very cool!
5. Rate books to get better recommendations
Once you rate twenty books, GoodReads will begin making recommendations for you based on your own ratings. I need to work on this section myself.
6. Find awesome quotes
I love the quotes on GoodReads. You can sort by keyword or author and save your favorites.
7. Add some of your favorite quotes
You can add quotes that you like to share with others which is thoughtful.
8. Join or start a discussion group
They have recently active groups and featured groups such as The Perks of Being a Bookworm: A friendly place to discuss books and everything about them. We have monthly fiction group reads, bi-monthly non-fiction group reads, regular recommendation swaps between members and a bi-monthly ‘Broadening Your Horizons’ section, in which a genre is selected and we each read a book which fits the criteria. We always welcome new members.
And Book Junkies: A group for anyone with eclectic tastes. Really, we have no specific genre we like to adhere to. Join if you like to read anything and everything. I love Book Junkies rules:
9. Create a reading challenge for the year
I’ve set up my 2016 challenge with twenty two books. I challenge you to set a goal for yourself and track it for the year.
10. Be social
You can share information from GoodReads to Facebook and Twitter directly. You can also search the discussions tab and find interesting discussions. When I looked there were discussions on The Hobbit and The Four Agreements, The Hobbit had 87 different discussions going.
11. Add a widget to your website
There is a cool quote widget that you can add to your blog to display your favorite quote or GoodRead badges.
12. Enjoy the awesome app for iPhone or iPad
It’s free on iTunes and its perfect when you are reading in bed, finish your book and want a great recommendation for your next good read.
Have you tried out GoodReads yet? What are your favorite features? Do you think you might try it?