Entering the World of Goodreads

I have a slight confession to make (I swear every post I write these days starts with a confession, maybe my blog should be called Confessions of a Bookthief!?), I am writing this post because I am procrastinating writing a project for Uni. It’s not too bad, I’ve written over half and planned the rest but I’ve just hit a wall, you know? so I thought I would come on her and share some news.

I recently set up a Goodreads.

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Ok, maybe it’s not the most exciting news in the world but I’m pretty pleased to have done it. Towards the tail end of this year I started thinking about it more and more and then when I saw everyone’s yearly wrap up posts with precise numbers about the books you’ve read and things and I decided I wanted to keep better track for myself in 2018. I also think it will help me with picking the next book I want to read when the time comes around.

The only problem is, I’m not 100% how to use Goodreads efficiently. That might sound silly but I’ve never used it or a platform similar to it before. I’m sure I will get there in the end, stumbling through the dark (I mean let’s be real, that’s exactly what I did with this blog) but I wondered if you guys had any tips on how to make the most out of it? I will literally take anything you can give me! (Although, and I’m probably not making the most out of Goodreads here, I’m not going to be using the ‘want to read’ function because as I mentioned in a post earlier this year,Β I don’t enjoy having a TBR) Also, am I overcomplicating this whole Goodreads thing?

So there we have it, just a short post because my brain is mush at the moment, but I would love to hear your tips and to connect with you over on Goodreads (Here is the link to my profile, it’s not very exciting at the moment but hopefully it will be soon)!

As always, happy reading!

*If anyone is in the mood for giving tips, how do you cope you hitting a wall when you’re essay writing or doing academic work? Again, I will take anything and everything you have to offer!

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15 thoughts on “Entering the World of Goodreads

  1. Welcome to Goodreads (I just added you!).
    I really love the yearly goodreads challenge. You can set your goal at the beginning of the year. Then everytime you finish a book within that year, it will automatically be added to your challenge. You can also change your challenge throughout the year if you read more books than expected or maybe less than expected. You just need to make sure that you mark the books as read in 2017. πŸ™‚
    I also enjoy the ‘currently reading’ button. That way you can keep track of how far you are in a book. You can write down the percentage you stopped at or the page number. You can also write comments whenever you update your reading progress if you want to.
    The shelves is also a good feature to you. You have three generic ones (want to read, currently reading, read) but you can any shelf you want. I for example have a yearly shelf, one for YA, Standalones, series, and even specifc genres. πŸ™‚
    I’m not really into all those groups you can sign into. It’s too much work for me personally and not too easy to use – at least I think so. Maybe I didn’t try hard enough. πŸ˜€

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    1. Aww thank you so much, this is absolutely amazing! I kind of knew about the goodreads challenge but I didn’t know that you could adjust the challenge so that makes me a lot more eager to have a go! I’m not reading so much at the moment because of uni work but I will definitely be trying all of this out mid January when everything is finished. Thanks so much again! πŸ’›πŸ’›

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      1. You’re welcome! πŸ™‚
        They also added a re-read feature this year which is very convenient. πŸ™‚
        Goodreads seems very confusing at first, but it will be super easy after a while. :):)

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  2. Welcome to Goodreads! I actually am a huge advocate for this app/website, and am always trying to get new people to sign up. It is fairly simple and straight forward to use! You can keep track of books you have read in the past, as well as ones you are currently reading. I know you said you don’t want to use the “want to read” shelf because you don’t like having a TBR- but I highly recommend it. If anything else, it helps you easily choose your next book once are are finished with one. I add any and all books that sound interesting, that are mentioned a lot in the blogging world or elsewhere, and then I have a nice big selection for when I hit that reading slump, or am not sure what to pick up next. But again, that is entirely up to you.

    I joined some groups when I first got going but I found it really hard to keep up with, so I ended up removing myself from most of them. I do however you suggest entering giveaways when you get the chance! I haven’t won anything yet, but there are a lot of giveaways, all the time, and I know people who have won so, it doesn’t hurt to put your name in the running (it doesn’t cost ANYTHING to participate).

    And that’s really about it! If you even have any questions, there are many people in the blogging community that use it, and are more than willing to help you out (me being one of them!)

    Happy reading!

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  3. Sometimes when I hit a wall when i’m writing an essay, I do something else for a while and then come back to the essay. Often if you are not in the right mind set it is not the best time to try to force yourself to produce something. Or perhaps if you really want to do something related to the academic work you want to produce you could try a different approach? Maybe simply produce a mind map of your thoughts of where you might want to go next, reflect back to the topic at hand and the content you’ve produced so far.
    I know how you feel!
    I hope this helps, keep plodding on, you’ll get there! ☺️

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    1. That’s what i started thinking like it’s so demoralising when you force yourself to write something when you’re not in the mood and then realise when you go back to it in a better state that it needs to be majorly edited anyway! Thanks, so much for the tips, I think I actually might try making a mind map because I am just really struggling with putting my thoughts together on one section of my essay so that sounds like a really helpful idea! Thank you so much!! πŸ’›πŸ’›

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  4. Awesome!! Welcome to goodreads! Personally I don’t think goodreads is the best place to keep track of a tbr even if you had one. If you did use it for that, i recommend making smaller lists with your want to reads. I think it’s good for keeping track of reads- especially for seeing stats at the end of the year. I also like to have a wider selection of read books (usually favourites) from a couple of years before I joined, just cos it’s really useful if you ever do lists or tags. Hope this helps!


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