5 Reasons You Need a Goodreads Account

by Amanda Stewart
@mandijstewart

I know, I know. We’re all already on too many social networking sites. One more seems like one more too many. But this one is different. Are you on Goodreads? Heard of it? A few years ago, a friend told me about Goodreads: basically the social networking site for bookworms. I was hooked. I made an account and have been thankful ever since. Below are 5 reasons you need to go create a Goodreads account.

  1. You don’t lose track of all those books you want to read. Goodreads allows you to keep track of what you’ve read, what you’re currently reading, and what you want to read. I used to have post-it’s everywhere with book titles that people have recommended to me and I struggled to keep them all in one place. Goodreads saved the day.
  2. You can scan. When you’re at Target and you see a book you want to read, you can easily scan it through the Goodreads app and it’ll allow you to add it to your shelf of choice. Super easy. No more taking pics of books on my phone and losing them in the abyss of my iPhone pictures.
  3. Reading challenges. You can set goals for yourself for how many books you want to read in a year, and then update your progress along the way.
  4. It’s social. You can connect your account to your Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. I like to share via Twitter when I finish a book. You can also have friends/followers and share books with one another. I like how my feed shows me what my friends are reading and how they are rating the books. You can write reviews and even recommend books to people.
  5. Lists. I love lists of all kinds. But book lists? The best. Goodreads has a lists section where you can browse all sorts of different compliations of books. Books on leadership. Best books of the year. You name it.

I did not take the time to go back and add all of the books that I’ve read prior to my Goodreads accounts’ existence but I suppose you could! Having this account has helped me organize my reading so much better. Let’s be friends, share books, and all read a little more. That’s what #postgradlife is all about, right?

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