Stop Failing at Goodreads: A How To Guide

When I think about or even open my Goodreads account, the first thing to pop in my head is “We’re going down, down in an earlier round and Sugar we’re going down swinging.” (If you didn’t sing it, I am judging you so go back and sing the song!) Why would fall Out Boy’s debut single pop into my head when I open Goodreads? Because I have legit been struggling with keeping up with what the heck I am reading!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Goodreads, let me enlighten you; Goodreads is essentially Facebook for book lovers. It is a social network that allows you to keep track of, discuss, and discover books. A lot of people, like yours truly, use the site to track how many books they read just to see how often they are reading. The rude child in my head (Yeah, I have one of those. Don’t you?)just said to me “Why do you need something to tell you if you are reading often? Can’t you tell by the fact that you pick up a book as soon as you put one down?” Well..because the platform is there and I sometimes forget what I read or overestimate how much I have read. There are some times when I swore I have read like 10 books and I read…2. Not the point!
I have fallen so far behind in Goodreads it isn’t even funny, so as I was at work and thinking for the twentieth time (accurate number) that I really need to update mt Goodreads, I wondered how many other people are failing at Goodreads. Also, is anyone else so worried about it that they get anxiety when even opening the page?
Here’s the thing, reading is what most of us do for fun. We love books and have a terribly hard time saying things like “I don’t want to read a book.” and everything else is just an extension of our love for those books. Apps and websites that help us get and stay organized are fantastic because we can feel proud of ourselves for keeping up with them, but they aren’t a necessity. If you update regularly, great! If not, great! The important thing is that you read books that matter to you (even if you read hideous books like Twilight, The Blackbirds, or Kindred) and books that make you feel things. The best way to successfully use apps/websites like Goodreads is to have fun using them! I know it’s fun getting likes and friend requests, or simply seeing that you have completed your Goodreads challenge for the year, but it shouldn’t make you feel like a failure for not updating the last 7…no 9…who knows how many books, you have read. Enjoy the app for it’s features but its supplementary to your reading and enjoyment, so don’t sweat it.

Question of the Day: How do you keep track of your reading and how do you handle falling behind on track keeping?

Ciao Book Monsters!

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  1. I love Goodreads and the fact that I can shelves according to genres and label my entire TBR that way. I also keep a separate spreadsheet for books read for the yr and also a spreadsheet on favorite authors with a list of their books I still need to read or purchase along with dates for new releases. I do sometimes fall behind and wind up having to add 10 books at a time to my spreadsheet to catch up. I just need to be more disciplined.

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  2. I’m on Goodreads all the time. However even though I place my reviews on there and have lots of ‘friends’, I never really converse with anyone, which is really bad. I should make time to talk to people on there.

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  3. I really like goodreads, it’s a great way of keeping track and the TBR list is wonderful because I would forget the books I had seen around and I always forget to write stuff down.

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  4. I update my currently reading quite frequently and to keep track of what page I’m on (some people in my house think it’s funny to move bookmarks, spoiler alert, so not funny) but I don’t post like text updates as I read because I don’t always have something to say hahaha. I mainly use GR as a way to organise my many, many, many reading lists since I’m a bit OCD about stuff like that. I’d recommend getting the app for your phone if you want to use it a bit more, it makes it much easier. P.S. Love the FOB reference ❤

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    1. That’s the sad part… I have the app. I’ve recently caught up though. I wasn’t as far behind as I assumed I was. I would kill someone for moving my bookmark on purpose. My family knows they can lose lives messing with my books and bookish things so they spare themselves the agony.

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      1. Yeah my boyfriend likes to play the ‘I know what page you were on, what’s it worth game’ but he usually quickly decides it’s not worth my wrath and tells me – or I bluff and say I don’t care because I added it on Goodreads and he just puts it back.

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  5. Yeah, I definitely use Goodreads to keep track of my reading! I love seeing all of the books that I read, and it’s a really handy way to keep track of their publishing dates as well? But I also have an excel spreadsheet where I keep track of genres and my rating and everything so that I can create pi charts at the end of the year.

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