Do you use Goodreads?

@boiboing (12524)
Northampton, England
March 20, 2017 3:23pm CST
A couple of years back I discovered - later probably than most people - the book site 'Goodreads.com' and I'm currently in my second year of their annual Reading Challenge. I love a good target to aim for and last year, recognising that I'd really not been reading as much as I used to, I set a target to read 40 books in 2016. I smashed my target and completed 71. This year I knew I'd be so busy at work that I didn't want to set a target that would be too tough. I like to win - but I don't like to work TOO hard, if you see what I mean. So I set my target at 52 books - effectively one per week. I like to build up a little bit of a buffer, just in case for any reason I really can't read for a few weeks, and now I'm at 16 books. I think that puts me about 4 ahead of the pro-rata target. Do you use Goodreads, and if you do, are you doing the Reading Challenge? How are you doing?
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• Trinidad And Tobago
20 Mar
First I am hearing of this. I will recommend this for my niece to check it out. Is the Reading challenge just a target or you qualify for something? I am a great reader, but I hardly get the time to read anymore.
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
20 Mar
No it's just a personal target. I find it keeps me on track.
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• Trinidad And Tobago
22 Mar
@boiboing My niece says she has been on this website for a few years now, but do no do the challenge. She reads a book a day. She said it's a really good site but she found another site where she downloads thousand of books per day.
@dodo19 (28125)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
20 Mar
Yes, I am on Goodreads. I am doing the annual reading challenge as well. I've set mine at 25. I figured that this would be a good goal to reach. I think I might be able to reach it. I'm going to try.
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
20 Mar
It's important to have targets that are achievable - otherwise they just scare you off.
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@dodo19 (28125)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
21 Mar
@boiboing Very true. They can be scary and hard.
@pgntwo (21769)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
20 Mar
Never tried it, as far as I can remember.
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@egdcltd (5865)
20 Mar
I joined last year. My challenge for this year is 250 books. I'm currently at 49, 4 behind. Some aren't very long but quite a bit of what I've read this year isn't listed on the site.
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
20 Mar
Wow 250? That's a lot. How do you find the time?
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@egdcltd (5865)
21 Mar
@boiboing I don't think I'm actually going to hit that target - the only reason I'm currently close is from reading a number of ebooks that were listed on Goodreads but which don't have many pages. Perhaps 30-40 genuine ones at most. Then again, I've also read a whole bunch of stuff that isn't listed, from 1 page up to a couple of dozen. Perhaps some with more. Back when I was at school I did a sponsored read and read 60 books in 6 weeks. I didn't do a whole lot else admittedly. I read so much because I've read a lot and am as a result a pretty fast reader.
@xFiacre (10508)
• Ireland
20 Mar
@boiboing I find that each book I read suggests what I should read next. I'm having a bit of a lull at the moment though and haven't read anything new for a few months - must be depressed.
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@Corbin5 (82104)
• United States
20 Mar
I only use Goodreads if I have a book here and I want to read the reviews of the book before I read it. Wishing you the best of luck on this challenge!!
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• Peoria, Arizona
20 Mar
I do use good reads but I don't do the challenge haha it makes me feel like I am in school and pressured to read. When I feel pressured, reading isn't as fun! I do like to keep a list of how many books I have read and it also helps me find so many more books to read.
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@RubyHawk (21393)
• Atlanta, Georgia
20 Mar
I've never heard of GoodReads. What is it..
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
21 Mar
It's a book website. Some would suggest it's THE book website. Millions of book reviews - mostly more honest than the ones you'll find on Amazon.
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@RubyHawk (21393)
• Atlanta, Georgia
22 Mar
@boiboing Do they sell books or just review?
@msiduri (5840)
• United States
20 Mar
Yes. This is my third year with the reading challenge. I think I'm up for about 50 books. I just finished two in the last couple of days, biographies of Edgar Allan Poe. Don't ask.
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
20 Mar
Sometimes it gives me a little oomph to get on and start the next one.
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@msiduri (5840)
• United States
20 Mar
@boiboing I get to meet and talk to people who like books. That's fun, too.
21 Mar
I do, I am, and I have absolutely no idea. I just wait for the email which tells me 'yay!' or 'nay!' I like to enter the giveaways, but in three years I've only been picked to receive two books.
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
21 Mar
You're lucky. That's two more than me.
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@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
21 Mar
I joined it recently but haven't done much with the site yet
@MALUSE (33004)
• Denmark
21 Mar
I know Goodreads but contrary to you I'm all against target setting. It's an infectious disease I've noticed on many writing sites.
@JudyEv (101183)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar
I don't know this site but perhaps I should check it out.
@rina110383 (23645)
21 Mar
I use Goodreads to check reviews of a book that I plan to read. No, I don't do the reading challenge.
@celticeagle (114510)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Mar
I get their newsletter. Has turned me on to several good ones.
@BelleStarr (32148)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Mar
I have never seen Goodreads and I would undoubtedly lose the challenge, these days I barely read.
• Philippines
21 Mar
Yes, I'm on Goodreads. I have tried setting my reading challenges a few times but never accomplished any so far. LOL. But that's okay. I set another goal this year - to read just 10 or so books for the year. So far I'm getting close and it's only the first quarter of the year. Funny.
@KristenH (20500)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
20 Mar
Yes I do. I don't do the reading challenge though. But I do post reviews there at least 2-3x a week. I used to be a member of Shelfari, before it merged with Good Reads a year ago. Feel free to friend me.