Reading Hacks with Goodreads

Posted On Friday August 30, 2019

What is Goodreads?
Goodreads is a free app that allows users to track what books they have read, are reading, and want to read with emphasis on writing personal reviews for each book. Basically, it’s Facebook but for books.

5 Reading Hacks with Goodreads:

1. Replacement Bookmark

Never have a bookmark when you need one? Put your book in your “Currently Reading” list and use the app to track which page you’re on.

2. Find Your Next Read

Goodreads is full of user-generated book lists, which can be a great help when you’re looking for something new to read. By looking at which lists the last great book you finished is included on, you get tons of suggestions for what to read next.

3. Discuss Books with Friends

You can connect with friends who also use Goodreads and send each other recommendations, like each other’s reading updates, and comment on each other’s reviews. Your reviews can be as in depth as a lengthy, detailed review, or as little as an out-of-five-stars rating. You can cheer each other on in your personal Goodreads Challenges when you set a goal for how many books you want to read each year.

4. Remember that Book from the Bookstore

The most useful feature for on-the-go reading life is the scanning feature of the app. Point your phone’s camera at a cover of a book and add it to your ‘Want to Read’ list (very handy for wandering around your favourite bookstore but knowing you can get the same book for free at the library later).

5. Vote for Your Favourite Books

Once a year, Goodreads holds a Choice Awards where you can vote for what you think the best book in each category was. The 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards saw 5,027,741 votes cast, and provided even more reading suggestions for everyone who voted.

Come in and ask us about how to make Goodreads work for your reading habits.