Hello everybody! I wanted to take the opportunity today to talk about Goodreads, one of the most well-known social media sites that focusses on books. I actually had an account on Goodreads before starting my book blog, and then I decided that I wanted to start anew, since I had given a lot of my childhood favourites 5 stars but didn’t really know if I would still rate them 5 stars nowadays. Thus, I deleted my personal account and created a new blogging account.
So that was the intro! Let’s talk about the 6 main ways that I use Goodreads!
1. Reading reviews
The huge advantage of Goodreadsis the fact that all of the reviews and ratings for one book can be found on that book’s page. I don’t need to search for reviews in a search engine. A huge advantage is also that I first see the reviews written by my friends, who are all part of the diverse book blogging community (diverse book bloggers and allies). Next, I see reviews written by people I follow, also diverse book bloggers and allies. And after all of them, I can read reviews written by the other members of the Goodreads community.
2. Writing my own review of a book
It’s very important for me to make sure that the books I review on here, don’t have stereotypical or harmful representation and that I include critical warnings about the text (i.e. possible triggers, passages that could make a reader upset) in my review.
If you check out the Goodreads page of a book, you can find all of the reviews under that one book!
When I’m reviewing a book, I can check out what #ownvoices reviewers have said about the book. I do this regardless of whether I am an #ownvoices reviewer or not, since sometimes, I might have internalised a microaggression or missed a microaggression while reading the text. If I am going to criticise representation, I make a point of looking for #ownvoices reviews and including them in my post (either Goodreads link or if they have a blog, I use their blog link).
Then I check what the positive reviews (4 -5 stars) have said about the book and what the negative reviews (1-2 stars). I do look at the 3 stars reviews as well, but I don’t usually look through as many as I do for the other categories. If I am going to give the book a positive rating, I make a point of going through quite a few negative reviews and vice versa. I feel like this gives me the possibility to check if I’m being too harsh or too lenient on the book. It also gives me the possibility to check if I missed mentioning important issues in my own review.
Since, I first see reviews written by friends and people I follow, I also have a higher possibility of finding a review written by someone who has experience in criticising representation.
3. A virtual TBR
I try to blog hop as often as possible, and the downside on that is that my TBR grows quickly. Goodreads is my to-go platform for adding new books to my TBR. I can add them to my to-read shelf with one click, and take them off with just one click if I decide I actually don’t want to read them.
4. Choosing which books to buy
My process of choosing which books to buy:
- go on Goodreads
- browse through my to-read shelf
- click on books I feel like getting
- check if my friends or people I follow have opinions on the books
- skim through other reivews
- decide whether I want to buy it or not
And I can do all of this on Goodreads, I don’t need to go to a different platform and check to see whether people I follow have added their review to that platform. Also, I can include my preferred online shop to my Goodreads account and there will be a small button that I can click to go to the shop and directly buy the book after making a positive decision.
5. Liking reviews
The review with the most likes, is the first to be found in the community section of the book reviews. Since, a lot of diverse book bloggers work tirelessly at discussing and analysing the rep, I use the like button to give their review a boost and heighten the chance of it being read.
6. Reading updates
A cool part of Goodreads, is the ability to update your reading process and thus give the people who follow you real-time insights of your thoughts of the book. I love seeing what other people think of books that I enjoyed or books that I still want to read. It gives it a fun and social aspect.
Those are the 6 ways that I use Goodreads! If you want to follow me on Goodreads, you can find me at Huntress of Diverse Books.