Social media has taken the world by storm, and shows no sign of letting go. Publishing, in particular, has taken a love to Twitter. Most of my feed is made up of my favorite authors, agents, and editors. Readers took a foothold on twitter as well, with #fridayreads and, with us comic book readers, #newcomicday.

Goodreads.com is a website I adore, in theory. When I first found it I spent hours setting up my shelves, adding and review books I read, and setting my to-read lists. I was going to use Goodreads as my virtual library – and my to read list. But then months passed, and I didn’t update goodreads once. I’ve “rediscovered” goodreads lately but it seems to be just another website I need to remember to check.

So my question to you is: How do you use social media to back-up your reading?

17 Responses to Goodreads?

  1. Katherine says:

    I agree! I love Goodreads in theory and every time i return to it after an absence, I am sad that I have been away so long. But, it just doesn’t keep me coming back.

    And I have no answer to your question. The ideal site would be quick and easy to update and fun to spend time on. Maybe the fact that my Goodreads account is separate from everything has something to do with it.

    I signed up for Pinterest with my facebook account and find it much more fun to interact with.

  2. Alli says:

    I’m the same with Good Reads. I set it up and occasionally pop in there but I find Facebook and Twitter suit me when it comes to finding out about books to add to my TBR pile. I found last year I was spending too much time on social media, including reading lots of blogs and I have now cut back to a select few (yes, DGLM is on the select few list!) and honestly, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on the ones I’ve cut out. I’ve freed up my time to do what I should be doing — writing and reading books!

  3. My friends and I use Goodreads to get recommendations from each other about what to read next. There are so many books I randomly see or hear about…I love that I can just pull up my Goodreads app on my iPhone and add it to my “to-read” list so I won’t forget about it.

  4. Jenny says:

    Goodreads is the best website for recreating the ‘browsing’ experience in a bookstore. Their recommendations are generally spot on. It’s easy to explore and poke around. I love it. But I’m pretty active on it as well because I have a couple groups that I’ve joined. It’s a fantastic community when you want to talk books and writing…and not politics or celebrities.

  5. JJ says:

    I use Facebook, follow some folks on Twitter, but that’s all I can handle. Facebook gives me a good, broad range of books, authors, things going on in the writing world. If I want to go deeper, I go looking. I’ve had Goodreads invitations but have never joined. It seems confusing and I really don’t have the time – but then I carry a heavy workload daily.

  6. Stephanie says:

    So weird, I had the same kind of reunion with Goodreads today. I’m still not quite sure about it. The ratings aspect gives me anxiety and I just give everything four stars. Goodreads fail.

  7. Nathan says:

    I was very excited by Goodreads at first, but I wound up with the same feeling you mentioned above — it’s another site to check, and I don’t need another site to check.

    Instead of social media I find new writers on blogs, mostly. There are about 40 books on my fireplace mantle that are waiting to be read, everything from Godel-Escher-Bach to Lee Childs to Michael Chabon. There’s really no need for social media to help me find new things to read when I am so far behind!

  8. Tamara says:

    If I were the type of person who picked up a book and read it and then picked up another and read it, I would love Goodreads. It’s like collecting books virtually, another milestone in a wonderful journey.

    However, I don’t read like that. I pick something up and read one night’s worth. Then the next night I pick something else up. Then I return to something I started five years ago and read a ways and get bored. Then I get excited about a new book I just bought and read it through in one sitting. Then I hear an interview on NPR with an author and I already have her or his book and I pull it off my shelf and read it through over the course of a week. Then I order the new Best American Short Stories and savor it slowly in between all my other reading.

    Needless to say, it would be exhausting to try to keep up with all this. I really want to love Goodreads, but it’s impractical for the way I read.

  9. Yet another person in the same situation with Goodreads. Like some of the others, I tried it and found it to be yet another thing I needed to remember to check along with all the other social media. I went back to simply keeping a Word doc and Amazon wishlist of books I want to read, and that’s worked better for me.

  10. I really love Goodreads. I don’t spend a massive amount of time on it, but when I hear about a good book, I look it up on Goodreads and see if it’s something worth reading. The reviews on the site have proven helpful to me before, too.

  11. Clix says:

    When someone recs a book to me, I generally check out reviews on Goodreads. I also use it for my TBR list. I’m not really good at updating it with what I’ve read, though!

  12. Kristi says:

    I started using it more when I put their Android app on my phone. I can use the built-in camera to scan a book’s bar code and it puts the book onto my shelves for me. Half the e-books I read are also on my phone, so it doesn’t take that long to click over and make an update when I’m done. It also emails me occasionally to tell me when my Goodreads friends have made updates (once a week or so), which prompts me to go over and make my own updates.

    In past years I’ve tried to track my reading habits by blogging about them, so this is just another version of the same thing, except there are other people joining in the conversation. And unlike Facebook, I don’t have to scroll through a million pet posts or pics of their kids to see if they liked a book.

    If its not interesting enough to you, don’t do it :) Maybe after a year, when its no longer shiny and new, I will give it up too, but for now its a fun toy.

    • Yogesh says:

      / I’ve been a member of Goodreads for a colupe of years, at least, although I don’t log in very much. I’d like to join your bookclub, but I’m not sure I can reliably commit to it, my reading habits are somewhat haphazard.

  13. ryan field says:

    I only go to goodreads once in a while. It can be a snarky, petty place sometimes with questionable reviews left by people with fake identities. And though I’m on most social media I can honestly say it doesn’t influence my reading list. The last book I read was mentioned in people magazine. The book before that was a recommendation at a party. I find social media interesting, but in a backward way.

  14. Lorelei says:

    I get all the reading material I need trying to keep up with the major literary awards and critics’ favorites and recommendations from writer friends I respect. I find random social media sources worthless.

  15. emily says:

    Mostly I check out the bestseller lists for fiction, New Yorker reviews and NYReview of Books for new titles in my non-fiction area of interest — anti-war literature, pacificists in wars from Napoleon to contemporary conflicts, women’s history and the development of seafaring technology from sail to nuclear subs.

    One historic tidbit I just love is this: Vietnamese pirates in the eighteenth century scourged trade shipping in the South China Sea [circa 1800s] were led by a powerful couple. When he died, SHE took over the leadership position successfully!

  16. emily says:


    those pirates were operating in the nineteenth century — oops.

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