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Blog Life – Got Goodreads?

bloglifeYou won’t believe this, but I’m not on Goodreads! I signed up when I started my blog, but I found the website difficult to navigate and I was besieged by people wanting to be “friends” before I had even created a profile. I gave up and went back a few weeks later, but couldn’t figure out how to post my progress since I read exclusively on an ereader and the page numbering is different. In frustration, I deleted my account.

Now that some time has passed and I have mellowed out, I’m wondering if maybe I was too impatient . I like some of the widgets I see bloggers using and like the idea of organizing my reading list somewhere. Should I give Goodreads another go? What will it add to my life as a reader if I try again? What do you like about Goodreads?

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21 comments on “Blog Life – Got Goodreads?

  1. Julie
    October 16, 2013

    I love Goodreads!! I use it to keep track of what books I’ve read. My favourite feature though comes with the app which lets you scan books into your ‘bookshelves’. I had a blast using the barcode reader on my books. Now I do it at the bookstore or library too if I see a book I’d like to read later. I only have 3 shelves…to read, currently reading, and read. They are the default ones. I like that it keeps track of how many books I’ve read. I was able to set myself a personal reading challenge. I also like reading the reviews of books I am about to read. It also offers recommendations based on books I’ve read and rated. It also has some interetsing book groups/forums that I check out every now and then. I don’t use it like I do facebook ie for friends etc…but it is great for information about books and organizng your reading.

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    • ebookclassics
      October 17, 2013

      Wow, that scanner sounds really cool. I knew there was an app, but not about the scanner. I could definitely see myself lurking around the library or bookstore scanning away … heh heh. I also like reading the reviews on Goodreads before I read a book.

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  2. DoingDewey
    October 16, 2013

    I can’t imagine keeping track of everything I’ve read and everything I want to read without goodreads or something like it. I also like the feature that lets you check what books you and a friend have in common. As long as you’re not having trouble keeping track of your books though, I don’t think you’re missing out on too much πŸ™‚

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    • ebookclassics
      October 17, 2013

      I’m always taking on new books unexpectedly and get a little muddled up, so my organization could be better. I didn’t know about the feature where you can compare your book lists with a friend. See how much I don’t know about Goodreads?

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      • DoingDewey
        October 18, 2013

        I’m constantly discovering new things myself πŸ™‚ Actually, my most recent exciting find was the list of books divided by the places they occur, which can be very helpful for some challenges: https://www.goodreads.com/places. I know a lot of people are outraged over the recent review and shelf deletions, but there are a lot of things I still love about goodreads far too much to abandon it.

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        • ebookclassics
          October 18, 2013

          Another feature I didn’t know about! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and these great tips.

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  3. Juliana
    October 16, 2013

    I agree with Julie. I personally use Goodreads all the time, and I love that keeps track of all my reading for me. I do a personal reading challenge every year, and it keeps track of how many books I’ve read and does all the math for me. I also like being able to host multiple shelves (I have 10 at the moment). And I have become friends with a lot of people who’s blogs I follow, and get great recs from them!

    That being said, there is a bit of controversy surrounding GR right now since it was acquired by Amazon. I personally haven’t been affected by the changeover, but some people are starting to switch over. I’m keeping clear of the hubbub as much as I can.

    If you just want a site that can track your reading for you, you can also try listsofbests.com. It’s a really simple site to use, but it doesn’t offer a lot of the bells and whistles. I’ve been using that once since about 2005 — long before I knew about goodreads! Much less of the social networking aspect on that site, too, if that’s what you’re trying to avoid.

    Good luck with your decision! There are lots of sites out there, I hope you find one that works for you.

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    • ebookclassics
      October 17, 2013

      Thanks so much! Wow, 10 shelves? You must tell me what they are titled. πŸ™‚ I know people are worried about Amazon the acquisition and are switching to other sites, but it seems no one can beat what Goodreads offers right now. The social networking would definitely be a bonus to whatever organizing I could do on the site.

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      • Juliana
        October 17, 2013

        Yeah, that’s pretty much how I feel. The acquisition hasn’t affected me, so I’m not jumping off the ship just yet! Like you said, it just offers something that I can’t find anywhere else. Although, I have to warn you, my TBR pile is completely out of control since I joined. πŸ™‚

        Oh geez, what are my shelves? Haha. I know I’ve got the three they set you up with, plus one for books I’ve abandoned, another for books I’ve read more than once, and one for each challenge that I’m doing — Classics Club and the 1,001 books challenge. I’m at a loss as to what the others are right now. I’ll have to go check and get back to you!

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        • ebookclassics
          October 17, 2013

          Ha ha, I bet the shelves you’ve forgotten are very interesting! I like the idea of having separate shelves for reading challenges as this is an area where I get a little mixed up. Also, I would like to take on some bigger reading challenges in the new year and having a separate shelf would be helpful.

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  4. Ekaterina
    October 16, 2013

    Oh, by all means, give it another try! I’ve solved the e-reader problem by always choosing the edition with approximately the same amount of pages as my e-book have. Or you can switch to percentage. Widgets are also really nice for blogging πŸ™‚ If you choose to try, I’ll be among those queuing to befriend you πŸ™‚

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    • ebookclassics
      October 17, 2013

      I would love to be friends with you on Goodreads! I really like the widgets I see on blogs even the ones that just say “I’m reading this” …

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  5. lauratfrey
    October 17, 2013

    I like it, and as for the drama, I don’t encounter it at all in my daily updating and browsing. Some people are also pissy because they’re owned by Amazon, so if that’s an issue for you, you might stay away.

    I notice a LOT of new websites trying to be the next Goodreads. Booklikes is an interesting one.

    I share your frustration with page numbers, as I also read a lot on an ereader. It’s weird, the GR app on my phone allows me to input % read, but the website doesn’t (or I haven’t figured out how.)

    If you end up joining, can I be friends with you? πŸ™‚

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    • Juliana
      October 17, 2013

      Hey Laura,

      The website does let you put in percentage numbers, too. It took me a while to figure out. When you’re updating your reading status, you can actually click on the part which says “I’m on page ____” and it should give you an option to switch over to percentage read, instead. Sorry if I’m not describing it well, but it definitely does exist!

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      • lauratfrey
        October 17, 2013

        THANK YOU!

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        • ebookclassics
          October 17, 2013

          Thank you from me too! I’m going to try this as well … once I get myself set-up again.

          Laura, have you tried Booklikes? I haven’t check it out yet, but someone told me it’s good but not as good. The Amazon thing doesn’t bother me, but I could understand people would be upset if they started changing things or completely inundating people with ads or something.

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          • lauratfrey
            October 21, 2013

            Haven’t tried, no. Will get around to it one day!

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        • Juliana
          October 17, 2013

          Haha, no problem.

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    • ebookclassics
      October 17, 2013

      Yes, let’s be friends on Goodreads! I’m going to sign up (again) today.

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  6. Riv @ Bookish Realm
    October 17, 2013

    The only reason I haven’t quite Goodreads (yet) after this recent fuss is because I don’t use it for reviewing or socialising purposes at all – it is purely a personal place for me to track and search for books, and as such, it works. I am horrified to think I’d have to find and move to a new place where I can store books, create shelves, track progress…

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    • ebookclassics
      October 17, 2013

      Ha ha, it sounds like you’ve invested a lot of time getting your reading organized and this is what interests me the most about trying again.

      Okay everyone, I’m going to join Goodreads again! (Note: I typed “Bookreads” and had to correct myself. Freudian slip?).

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