It’s been around four months since I’ve started using Goodreads properly – verdict? I really like it.
I’ve made my profile public by the way – whoops for not realising that you could only see what I was reading if you were a Goodreads member yourself.
Since some of you have been kindly answering questions on how you use Goodreads etc when I first started, here’s how I’ve been using Goodreads. Be warned, a fair bit of navel-gazing ahead:
- I’ve always jotted down what I thought on books I’ve read over the course of the year, but since logging them on Goodreads, I’ve spent more time thinking about what I’m writing – Goodreads feels more public than a Google Docs spreadsheet linked only from my blog (err… that’s because it probably is *rolls eyes*).
- I’ve started copying over my Goodreads reviews (or thoughts? I hesitate to call some of my notes reviews really) over here on a semi-regular basis, as you may have noticed. That’s because I want them on my blog somewhere. I feel as though I should apologise for the duplicated content if you’re following me on Goodreads and reading my blog, but I figure you can just skip over the blog posts as they’re not very often (umm… only two so far, in actual fact). Does it really bother anybody?
- I like the update feed on my home page when I log on – it gives me a feel for what everyone’s reading. I’ve actually added my Friends feed as an RSS feed in Google Reader as well, for a quick skim every now and then. And I like being able to comment/respond on individual books.
- I love that Goodreads makes it so easy to search for a particular book and add to your books. It has been super-easy keeping track of the monthly new releases (though I will say the publication/release dates can be a bit iffy at times) and getting covers/blurbs for my posts. I am all for time-saving tricks.
- The rating system… Goodreads has the 1 to 5 star system (1 = didn’t like, 5 = it was amazing) which I’ve been using. As always, my ratings are skewed towards the positive – my average is 3.3 for 33 books as of today. I haven’t yet used the 1 star rating (as I doubt I would finish the book if I really didn’t like it, though never say never), but have a number of 2 stars (it was ok). I’ve avoided getting into the 0.5 ratings (slippery path, that…), but what I’ve (ahem… sneakily) done is use the favourites shelf – not all my 4 stars (really liked) are on my Favourites shelves, though all my 5 stars are. So you could argue I sort of have a 4.5 rating.
- I have been trying to get my shelves to reflect how I want to view my books – this is probably still a work-in-progress. Apart from Favourites and the usual genre tags, I have Series, 2011 New-to-me Authors, and Short Stories shelves. The first two were things I captured in previous years, while the third is a new category because I haven’t previously kept track of short stories I’ve read. I’m also using the standard To Read shelf for upcoming releases, but may split this at some point between the actual upcoming releases and already-released books I just want to read. And I have a Maybes shelf, which is sort of self-explanatory.
- I’ve still not really explored the groups feature – the only group I’ve joined is the Karen Chance fans one, and that because I received an invite – and I don’t really say no to anything 😉
If you’re on Goodreads yourself, does the above sound familiar? Totally different to how you’re doing things? I’m curious.