Many of you might have been wondering when, if ever, I would post a discussion topic. Well, that time is here and now! Thanks to Parajunkee’s fabulous book blogger organizer, it made me rethink and reduce how I run Girl of 1000 Wonders.
It sounds silly, but by looking at my posts on a singe sheet, ordered from top to bottom, I saw holes in my posts each week for August. That’s when inspiration hit, where I could fit in these discussion topics. I’ve seen some fantastic discussions at other blogs, so I figured it was time I kicked it up a notch, and my reevaluation helped me see just where I could do that.
I don’t know what to call this feature. I listed it in the Sunday Post as Thoughts on Thursday, but it sounds bleh. Perhaps I’ll just keep it clean and simple: Discussion. What do you think of that?
Goodreads is an amazing book resource, and a great way to get involved in book discussions and other readers. If you haven’t heard of it, you must live under a rock. I’ve had an account since I was in college, when I first heard of it. I didn’t know anything about it, or how to use it, but I started using it to track my books and my reading. Mainly, what I’d already read and what I wanted to read. Then I discovered the quotations, and picked out some from a select few books to favorite. Of course, I entered some giveaways back in the day when I truly had free time, and the trivia buff in me couldn’t resist the never-ending trivia quiz.
Now, my Goodreads usage is pretty much limited to my reading history and wants. I don’t have the time (or the inclination) to update my reading percentage and thoughts on a book. That’s just too much for me.
I’ve seen others who created all kinds of shelves. After Brittany’s call for wishlists, I created one. I also created a MUST BUY shelf. I don’t know why I never thought of it before, but you can put a book on more than one shelf. Don’t ask me why it took me this long to figure that out. Then I thought about specific blog features and how I could create shelves to help me keep track of that info all in one space.
I’ll admit, I have a difficult time keeping it up to date. That’s the drawback that I know will fall on my shoulders. It’s one more thing, but if I’m going to do it, I need to be serious about it. Remember when I talked about weeding out my Kindle? Well, I’m doing that this fall and next spring. I got serious about it, so Goodreads, we’re going to get serious! … slowly…
Now there are all these extra things on Goodreads, that quite frankly, overwhelm me beyond belief. I don’t even know where to start, or how. Like the lists. They’re infinite massiveness makes me panic.
One new thing I have discovered is that Goodreads syncs with your Amazon ebook downloads. Awesome! What wasn’t so awesome was that at first, I went in to Goodreads and added them ALL from over the past year and a half to my TBR shelf. Talk about a dogpile of books. It’s a good feature, but for me I should have kept them separate so I could know which books to start clearing out of my Kindle. It would make me life a whole lot easier.
My Goodreads usage is, well, lame. No doubt about it. And my TBR shelf? It’s insane…like nearly 3,000 books.
Just call me out on it know: I need to get with the program. But I want to know:
- How do you use Goodreads to work for you?
- Which features do you use?
- Which features do you ignore?
- How do you work it into your blogging time?
- How do you decide which books to put on your TBR shelf without getting an insane amount like I have?
Leave a comment telling me how you use Goodreads!