What is Good Reads?

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Do you love to read?

Do you keep a list of books you want to read?

Do you ever find yourself picking up a book and trying to remember if you already read it?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you MUST check out Good Reads if you haven’t already.

The number of avid readers I have talked to recently who did not know about this website shocks me.

So today, I want to take the time to explain what Good Reads is, the features of it, and how I use it.

What is Good Reads?

It is a website, which also has a convenient app, where you can track books.

You can create “bookshelves” for yourself. You can set up an annual reading challenge. The site allows you to see reviews of books from every day readers like yourself. You can add your friends to your network so you can see what they are reading and how they are rating books they’ve read. Good Reads will make recommendations of books for you to read based on other books you’ve finished.

The features:

Bookshelves- If you click on the book icon that says “my books” you can create shelves. When you select a book you click on the down arrow next to “want to read.” This will allow you to pick which bookshelf to put a book. You can select one that is pre-set or create a new shelf.  I keep my shelves pretty simple. They are: Want to Read, Currently Reading, Read, and Abandoned Reading.

Yes, I have been known to abandon reading a book. It is not common, but life is too short. I have finally come to the realization that there are too many good books to read that I don’t have to finish a book I’m not enjoying. It took 30+ years to be okay with that.

Search-You can search for books by title or author with the search button. Another option is to scan the book cover and barcode to add it to one of your shelves.

Reading Challenge If you click on the “more” button you can find reading challenge. This is where you will set your own reading challenge. Once you finish a book it shows up here for your challenge.

For this year I challenged myself to read 52 books for the year.

As of today (end of September) I have finished 49. Barring a catastrophe it should be no problem to reach that goal.

to read book list
My reading list before fully committing to Good Reads

You will also be able to view any of your friends’ challenges by clicking at the top under “Friends’ Challenges.” You will also be able to see what books they read if you click on their name. Like all social media, you can like or comment on your friends’ challenges and reviews.

Recommendations- This feature is also found within the “more” area. Good Reads will recommend other books to you based on what you have already read. I had not used this feature until late this year when Good Reads recommended Night Road by Kristin Hannah. I had not read anything by her and now I LOVE her books.

Books I'm reading
Just a few of the books I’m currently reading.

Good Reads is AMAZING and has made my reading life even more enjoyable.

Now whenever I get a good book recommendation I can add the title to my “want to read” shelf. I used to have pieces of paper with book titles all over and I would inevitably lose them.

When I am at the library trying to figure out what to read next I just look at my list and chose from one of the 200+ books that are currently on my list.

I can track the progress of books I am currently reading. Yes, I tend to read multiple books at a time. Usually a fiction and nonfiction or two. It depends on my mood for what I want to read at any given time.  There have also been times that I had to return a book to the library before finishing it and I can keep track of what page I was on for when I check it out again.

When I am chatting books with friends or family I can easily recommend several books to them. In the past I would forget a title or which book I had just read. Now it’s a quick click away on my fingertips.

If you love books and love to read, you owe it to yourself to create an account on Good Reads and explore all it has to offer.

You will never be at a loss for what to read next.

If for some reason you are, definitely check out one of my favorite podcasts, “What Should I Read Next.” I listen to this one weekly and it is pretty normal for me to end up with at least 3 new books on my “want to read” shelf afterwards.

Since we’re talking books today, what is a book you recommend that I read. Please put your recommendations in the comments section below.

Three books I’m recommending right now

“I Let You Go” by Clare Mackintosh- I’m still amazed at the author’s writing. A sign of a good book is a plot twist that has me rereading to figure out what I missed.

“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman


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