Using GoodReads

GoodReadsLast November, I joined GoodReads. I know this mainly because I was roaming around online (doing that procrastination thing, you know), came across a link to GoodReads, clicked, realized I had an account and signed in again. And at the top of the page, it tells me I joined in November.

Which is all a roundabout way of telling you I haven’t done anything at all with my GoodReads membership. Kind of makes sense, because I signed up back when I was heavily in the midst of deadlines, so I really didn’t have the time to get to know the site and start using it.

I have the time now. So I’ve been browsing around the site, and it looks really really interesting. But it’s kind of overwhelming. I’ve looked through the site itself a bit, and did a bit of googling about it as well, but I’m still not sure how to use it.

It does look like a fantastic place to chat about books.

I’ve been toying around with getting one of the iPhone apps that let me build a library database (complete with scanning using the iPhone camera), and both of the apps I’m thinking about would let me export the database in csv format, so I would be able to upload my file to GoodReads. That might be handy.

And I think I might start using the feature that lets me post a GoodReads review I write directly here to MsBookish. That wouldn’t be bad at all, either.

There’s also the GoodReads iPhone app itself to check out.

All you active GoodReads users, any tips for a newbie to the site? (Almost forgot: here’s my profile page. Please do friend me!)

26 thoughts on “Using GoodReads

  1. Kim

    I started out just using it to get updates on what my friends were reading and, when I remembered, to post what I was reading. I’ve been doing better lately about posting my books and have even written a few short reviews. I guess my advice boils down to “start small and go slowly.” And have fun! :)

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    1. Belle

      I’ve joined some groups now, Kim. And back to “now what” :) It looks like the iPhone app comes with a scanner, so perhaps I should build my library database that way!

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  2. Dorte H

    I found you!

    I don´t chat much there (my blog and facebook are enough, I think), but I list most of my books there, and my writer friends have told me I should create an author profile.

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    1. Belle

      I think you should create an author profile too, Dorte. (I’ve been reading Joe Konrath’s blog lately … )

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  3. heidenkind

    Oh, I lurrrve Goodreads. I use it all the time, seriously, LOVE IT. The iPhone app is pretty good, too, although it can get a little buggy at times.

    If you have a kindle you can also connect your kindle highlights and notes to Goodreads!

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    1. Belle

      I love reading your “currently reading” reading-in-progress blurbs on Facebook – I will definitely have to check out the iPhone app because it will probably help me use the site more often (I’m not usually at my computer when I’m reading!)

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    1. Belle

      I’ll have to give the app a try. Just realized it comes with a scanner too but if it doesn’t work for me, I might just go the other route and buy one of those library database apps …

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  4. Mrs. Q: Book Addict

    I really love Goodreads, I use it mostly for cataloging. When I go to the bookstore, I check my Goodreads Iphone app for newest wishlist items. I had a 3G Iphone and the scanner was a hit or miss, now I have the Iphone 4 it is amazing! I hope you enjoy it.

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    1. Belle

      I’m really starting to like the fact that I can use Goodreads for putting together my own catalog of books, especially since I was looking at other iPhone apps to do this with! I have a 3G iPhone, though … will have to give it a try and hope for the best!

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  5. rhapsodyinbooks

    I joined, but I haven’t a clue how to use it. I can’t even find my own reviews when I post them! I also use Library Thing, and I like it much better, because for one thing, I can figure it out! But they probably have a tutorial on Goodreads – I admit I haven’t taken the time to look!

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    1. Belle

      I signed up for LibraryThing too, even earlier – I think it was in 2008! But never got around to using that either. I’ve spent a bit more time on GoodReads tonight. It feels kind of like Facebook for readers!

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  6. C from Opinionated Ant

    Yeah I joined in ’09 and use it in spurts. I do really like it especially making shelves! Can’t say anything about the apps since I don’t have an smartphone though… but I’d imagine that could get addictive.

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  7. Jules

    I joined but don’t use it much, I prefer LibraryThing. I do like the reading status it has for books you’re currently reading, I never update it, but I do like the idea behind it. I also like that you’re able to comment on eachother’s reviews. But for the most part I’m a LibraryThing Geek.

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  8. Care

    YAY! We’re now goodreads friends! I use it every single day. It’s my go to place for clicking on books I hope to read some day. If I found out about the book from a blog review, I copy/paste the link into either the private notes or right into the big square for reviews OR if that blogger is a goodreads friend, it is easier to credit them for the rec. SOMETIMES I write reviews, sometimes I drop in the link to my blog review but I love using the status updates for quick notes while reading.
    I love it. :)

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  9. patti

    I got on Goodreads just b/c a lot of readers seem to respond to my author page there and I get pretty good traffic.

    Sure wish I had time to post all the little books on my shelf; I LOVE doing that but just can’t find the hours in the day:(

    I’ve missed you!
    Patti

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    1. Belle

      I’ve decided not to worry too much about adding the bulk of my books to my shelves; I’m going to mainly use it to help me with my currently reading, have just read and want to read lists!

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  10. Molly

    I have been a member at goodreads for a couple of years now and I probably have my booklist about 60% complete. I have joined a few reading groups – although I have yet to actively participate in any.

    I would love to read all the discoveries you have made about this site – and perhaps this summer I can begin to fully utilize all it has to offer.

    And each time I read one of your posts that mention the amazing apps you use – I am tempted to purchase an iphone :)

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    1. Belle

      I do love my iPhone, Molly :)

      I’ve joined some of the reading groups, too, but haven’t had time yet to jump in and participate.

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  11. Margot

    I joined GoodReads and LibraryThing at the same time but I haven’t kept up my GoodReads account. I just went over to be-friend you and had to look up my name and password. Ugh. But – I have been telling myself to update GoodReads and become active on the site. I know there are various book groups to join and I know I’d enjoy that. I’m with Molly – I hope you’ll update us on what your progress is on GoodReads and if you manage to find a tutorial or some other helpful hints.

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    1. Belle

      So good to see you back, Margot! What I’ve been finding very helpful is looking at the “currently reading” and “to read” lists that friends are posting. I’ve added quite a few titles to my own to read list. And with everything being handy through the iPhone app, I realized today when I was at the library, it makes looking up things on my to read list a breeze!

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  13. Rural View

    I use GoodReads to catalog my books and to write reviews, but the best thing about it is that I’ve won several books in the Early Reviewers giveaways.

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  14. Beth F

    I have GR account but I haven’t added any books. I’ve added books to Library Thing off and on but I keep forgetting to keep up with these data bases…

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  15. LuAnn K

    I use Goodreads to keep track of what I have read and what I want to read. When I read a book blog recommendation I add that to my to be read shelf. I originally joined it because of the giveaways. I have won one book that way!

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