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Why I Love Goodreads

goodreadsI joined Goodreads as a digital way to keep track of the books I read. Over time, it has grown to a community where I chat with like-minded bibliophiles who love books, words, and anything related. Here are some of the activities I pursue on Goodreads:

Chat with those who read the same book

There are lots of ways to connect with like-minded readers, starting with Discussion Groups. I get a lot of feedback from Goodreads’ members on reviews I post which I always follow up on. If it sounds like we have similar interests, I reach out, say hi, comment on their reviews or book choices.

Get recommendations in my genre

Most authors I like only write a book a year so I’m always looking for new writers. Goodreads is a great place to find those.

Add and read reviews

Before I read a book, I check out what Goodreads members are saying about it. Then, when I’m finished, I share my review and always enjoy the feedback I get from others.

Connect with authors I like

Goodreads’ authors are amazingly accessible. Often, when I review one of their books, they drop in on my Goodreads’ stream or my blog to say thank you or chat. Who would think someone as busy as Ben Coes would take time to say hi. He did! When I become famous, I’ll do the same.

When I become famous, I’ll do the same.

Receive free preview copies by great authors

Lots of authors offer free books on Goodreads through promotional giveaways. Truth, I have never won one of these, but lots of others have because I see their comments all the time. These are both Indie authors and NYT best sellers. So, I keep applying (and getting turned down).

Promote my books

Goodreads offers a variety of ways to promote your books such as giveaways, free sample chapters, and Ask the Author. I haven’t taken advantage of these yet. Anyone have experience with this sort of advertising? Results?

Enter competitions

Every year, I try to predict how many books I’ll read the upcoming year. Goodreads has a widget that will track my progress. I can stick in my blog’s sidebar so visitors can check how I’m doing. Here’s an image of how I did last year:


I can’t believe how many people participated this year and all the books they read:


How about you–do you use Goodreads? If so, let’s link up!

More about the love of reading:

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Why do I Write?

I’m in Love With NetGalley

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her non-books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May, 2017. Click to follow its progress.

66 thoughts on “Why I Love Goodreads

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  2. You know, I am on Goodreads both as reader and author, but for some reasons, I’ve never really gotten into it. I’ve tried to partecipate in forums (but I’ve never been a forum user, really). I’ve tried to follow the home stream. I do post reveiws. But it never rolled for me. I don’t know why. I’m probably using it in the wrong way.

    There are other places (especially phone apps) where I can exchange bookish thoughts, and I’m enjoying them a lot more.
    May just be simply a matter of personal likings.

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  3. I started my Goodreads long time ago when it was a new service. I used it to track my books (as I have many in different countries). I think I neglected it a little bit lately due to its mobile app limitation. Upon my last check, I think they are getting better. Thank you Jacqui for encouraging me to go there again and check on my account!

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  4. I love Goodreads for all your reasons too. I just can’t find the time to spend more time there, but I link my blog there, all my books and bio, and love the reading challenge and reviewing books I’ve read. I’m in several groups i just can’t find the time to participate in. 🙂

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  5. I joined but I rarely go there because I find it a little confusing – but that’s just me I guess. I’m a bit of a sticky beak though and go there when someone writes a blog about authors behaving badly and am sometimes astounded the way some authors snap at reviewers! 😀

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  6. I love Goodreads and have found it useful for readers and writers. I couldn’t see a Goodreads button on your sidebar for me to follow you. I did look you up though and am now following you. A great post!

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  7. I used to be much more active on Goodreads, but as my blog gets busier, I haven’t been on there as much. Your post inspired me to get back there. It really is a great place for readers and writers. The stats are amazing! Millions of books read. Awesome.

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  8. I love Goodreads! I created my author account, joined forums, and set up Giveaways. Very useful. It all helps get your book into avid readers hands! I also set a reading challenge. 20 is my goal in 2017 and I’m 6 books in.

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  9. I love Goodreads, it encourages me to read and also suggests wonderful books! I love reading community reviews, too, it certainly beats a book chock full of good reviews but none of them legitimate. 🙂

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  10. I’ve been a member of Goodreads for nearly two years and I love the concept but struggle to find time to do it justice – I love the sense of community you describe. Last year I did take part in the book challenge and completed that. It was very useful for keeping track of all the books I’d read!

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