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"Book Tracker 101"

I’ve become lazy ever since Ciao stopped paying Premium for book reviews and instead of carefully crafting reviews which meet our own exacting standards, I have instead moved over to Goodreads to drop my thoughts into. And that’s what they are really; rather than full ‘reviews’ it is more my immediate thoughts on completion of the novel. Most would not be worthy even of an SH rating here (in fact my shortest is a mere six words!), but then, Goodreads has never paid for reviews and so cannot judge.

What is Goodreads?

Goodreads is essentially a site that works as a book encyclopaedia, a rating and review haven, a personal store of your own reading habits, a way of marking progress to a reading goal, a browsing tool for new books based on your reading habits and a way of communicating with like minded people about books. If that was too long winded, then Goodreads is books. Think books, think Goodreads.

You want to keep track of your reading history including tagging genre’s or themes tailored to you? Goodreads. You want to check how a book was received by others before committing your pennies? Goodreads. You want to browse for books based on genre, theme or what your friends are reading? Goodreads. You need a synopsis for a school essay that you forgot about and is due tomorrow. Goodreads. Also SparkNotes. But start with Goodreads for the personal touch.
Click and Your Book Is Found

One of the most important aspects to Goodreads is the sheer quantity of books within the site; the vast majority of titles will have entries (and a great number of books not yet released) and if by chance it doesn’t, it is relatively easy to add the book yourself. This is a huge store of information regarding books and means that you can check virtually any book in a matter of seconds and find out everything from the back page blurb to edition information, genre information and series information, as well as other readers reviews and thoughts about the novels.

As a resource this is exceptionally useful, whether your purpose is to search for your next literary love affair or to keep a comprehensive record of books you have read through the years. The ability to add to the database is particularly useful for things like fanfic which wouldn’t otherwise be included, but allows for a greater breadth and width to the included works. There is virtually everything you might want to know about a novel on its page and a lot of things that likely aren’t of any interest to you whatsoever. You can add editions to book pages as well so if you have a different edition with a different number of pages, this can be taken into account.

A Record Through Time

One of the things that I love most about this site is the ability to archive my books with their relevant ratings and thoughts and then come back to it later. It’s helpful in terms of my quote books because it means I have a list that I cannot lose of what books I have read in what order. But it’s also just quite cool to look at. So at time of writing I have rated 333 books, 155 of which are this years reading list. That obviously isn’t a comprehensive list of all I have read, since I only started keeping track on the site properly last year… other years have a few books in them, but nowhere near what was actually read.

From those 333 I can scroll down in date order, in rating order or title or author order. I can separate them into different genres like ‘fantasy’ providing I have tagged them accordingly, or pick out the books which I have placed into ‘top-2017’ or ‘mental-health’ for example or I could pull out all of my ‘fanfic’ reads. You can look at your ‘read’, ‘currently-reading’ and ‘to-read’ shelves and update them as required. You can effectively create a series of digital bookshelves that you can keep track of your reading habits with to your hearts content and it doesn’t have to stay the same; I only created ‘top-2016’ and ‘top-2017’ last month to keep track of the special wow books in a year.

The Goodreads book challenge is also interesting as you set yourself a challenge of how many books you want to read in a year, and then providing you set the date read on the books as being in that year, Goodreads will keep track for you. It will then show lists per challenge year. For the anally minded, don’t be rude, there is also a stats page to show how many books, pages etc are read per year and what publication date books you read on a graph. The publication year graph is a bit of a fail because all you need is one really old book and it squashes everything else in the modern day up into virtually unreadable and there is a huge white space between 1890 and the 1990’s in my case. You can see the books by rating, you can see your top shelves (‘fantasy’ in my case won by a long shot in 2016 and is sneaking ahead of ‘contemporary’ in 2017). And you can see by pages; 42,000 odd in 2016 and just creeping up to 70,000 so far in 2017. I like stats. They are cool.

You can also now read a book more than once on the system which is a significant win. Previously, it wouldn’t log more than a single read of a book so you couldn’t add the same book into different years challenges.
You Mean I Have To Talk To People?

For every introverted people hater there is a forum… or not. Goodreads offers a lot of forums. All of which I ignore. So this is going to be a short section. Let’s just note that there are opportunities to talk to people about specific books, about specific genres, topics or questions. Via each book page, there is a forum section. Via the discussions you can talk about random things like what foods are mentioned in a book if that takes your fancy. Via groups you can find like minded people whether that’s mental health, fantasy or porn; the world is your oyster. There is an opportunity to ask authors questions and maybe get them answered. There are quizzes for you to test your knowledge about whatever book somebody else has gotten obsessed about or indeed for you to create your own quizzes. There is space to share creative writing and add new people to follow, whether that be popular reviewers or people who just happen to be online at the time.

More to my liking is the ability to follow friends – whether that be people you actually know or people you follow because you find them interesting online or they have good reading taste. You can see what others who are on Goodreads are reading, what they enjoyed or didn’t enjoy and potentially get ideas on your next reading adventure… or not, as the case may be. You can follow whether people are meeting their personal reading goals through the reading challenge and add books that seem interesting to your ‘to-read’ list.

Who Said That?

There is also a quotations section which if I didn’t have my own quote books to try and keep up to date, I would probably be more interested in. It does mean you can search for quotes by author, book, genre, theme etc to your hearts content though.
A Bit O’ This An’ A Bit O’ Tha’

In addition to the above there are a whole host of extra miscellaneous features that you can play with to your hearts content. There are book giveaways which you can enter – and although I haven’t yet won one, I live in perpetual hope. My fiancé does not however think I need more books. There are recommendation pages in a variety of formats. There are lists for every rhyme and reason, subject matter galore; best books of the decade, best books written by Iraqi’s, best strong female character, most interesting magic system… the list is endless and you can split it by genre etc. There are quiz’s to test your book knowledge. There are top books based on a variety of recommendations, including Goodreads own polls. Essentially, there’s lots.
’Tis Only A Flesh Wound

There are minor niggles, of course there are. Firstly, Goodreads is now connected to Amazon which means there are limitations on what they will allow in a review; no author centric stuff on beliefs or such like. I don’t tend to review like that anyway but some people are less than impressed and have moved onto other pastures green. What really does get my goat though is that people can rate a book without having read it….and this is counted in the ratings! Books are rated that haven’t even been released yet. Some idiots see looking forward to reading a book as a reason to rate it with five stars before even opening the cover. How does this make sense in the slightest!?

I’d also like the stats page to be more detailed; I’d like to see break downs of pages per year with an average per year and the shortest book as well as the longest. I’d like to see breakdowns of pages per genre or by tag. I’d like to see star ratings per genre. I’d like the publication year page to be able to be readable…or at least if it was searchable then you could take off the really early books that make it so unreadable. I’d like some fun facts to be included; how far up the Eiffel tower would my 2016 book pile go? How many trees would I have killed if they were all paperback? How many elephant babies would my books weigh? I’m odd though so feel free to disregard this paragraph.
Do I Recommend?

As a tracker for my books, I do indeed. I like somewhere to place random thoughts on books that can vaguely class as reviews but require no effort. I like being able to keep log of my ratings on various books and glace back at all the things I have forgotten. I like being able to look at lists for inspiration, even though I really don’t need inspiration!! I need to get through the myriad of books that I already have before I get any more inspiration! Most of all, I like that it is free and I can keep lists and keep track of things and make myself smile at how many books ahead of target I am. Sixteen at time of writing if you are interested. Tough if you aren’t. You know now anyway.

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    Nicely done
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    I really like the site - super recommendation!
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Ive become lazy ever since Ciao stopped paying Premium for book reviews and instead of carefully crafting reviews which meet our own exacting standards, I have instead moved over to Goodreads to drop my thoughts into. And thats what they are really; rather than full reviews it is more my immediate thoughts on completion of the novel. Most would not be worthy even of an SH rating here (in fact my shortest is a mere six words!), but then, Goodreads has never paid for reviews and so cannot judge.

What is Goodreads?

Goodreads is essentially a site that works as a book encyclopaedia, a rating and review haven, a personal store of your own reading habits, a way of marking progress to a reading goal, a browsing tool for new books based on your reading habits and a way of communicating with like minded people about books. If that was too long winded, then Goodreads is books. Think books, think Goodreads.

You want to keep track of your reading history including tagging genres or themes tailored to you? Goodreads. You want to check how a book was received by others before committing your pennies? Goodreads. You want to browse for books based on genre, theme or what your friends are reading? Goodreads. You need a synopsis for a school essay that you forgot about and is due tomorrow. Goodreads. Also SparkNotes. But start with Goodreads for the personal touch.
Click and Your Book Is Found

One of the most important aspects to Goodreads is the sheer quantity of books within the site; the vast majority of titles will have entries (and a great number of books not yet released) and if by chance it doesnt, it is relatively easy to add the book yourself. This is a huge store of information regarding books and means that you can check virtually any book in a matter of seconds and find out everything from the back page blurb to edition information, genre information and series information, as well as other readers reviews and thoughts about the novels.

As a resource this is exceptionally useful, whether your purpose is to search for your next literary love affair or to keep a comprehensive record of books you have read through the years. The ability to add to the database is particularly useful for things like fanfic which wouldnt otherwise be included, but allows for a greater breadth and width to the included works. There is virtually everything you might want to know about a novel on its page and a lot of things that likely arent of any interest to you whatsoever. You can add editions to book pages as well so if you have a different edition with a different number of pages, this can be taken into account.

A Record Through Time

One of the things that I love most about this site is the ability to archive my books with their relevant ratings and thoughts and then come back to it later. Its helpful in terms of my quote books because it means I have a list that I cannot lose of what books I have read in what order. But its also just quite cool to look at. So at time of writing I have rated 333 books, 155 of which are this years reading list. That obviously isnt a comprehensive list of all I have read, since I only started keeping track on the site properly last year other years have a few books in them, but nowhere near what was actually read.

From those 333 I can scroll down in date order, in rating order or title or author order. I can separate them into different genres like fantasy providing I have tagged them accordingly, or pick out the books which I have placed into top-2017 or mental-health for example or I could pull out all of my fanfic reads. You can look at your read, currently-reading and to-read shelves and update them as required. You can effectively create a series of digital bookshelves that you can keep track of your reading habits with to your hearts content and it doesnt have to stay the same; I only created top-2016 and top-2017 last month to keep track of the special wow books in a year.

The Goodreads book challenge is also interesting as you set yourself a challenge of how many books you want to read in a year, and then providing you set the date read on the books as being in that year, Goodreads will keep track for you. It will then show lists per challenge year. For the anally minded, dont be rude, there is also a stats page to show how many books, pages etc are read per year and what publication date books you read on a graph. The publication year graph is a bit of a fail because all you need is one really old book and it squashes everything else in the modern day up into virtually unreadable and there is a huge white space between 1890 and the 1990s in my case. You can see the books by rating, you can see your top shelves (fantasy in my case won by a long shot in 2016 and is sneaking ahead of contemporary in 2017). And you can see by pages; 42,000 odd in 2016 and just creeping up to 70,000 so far in 2017. I like stats. They are cool.

You can also now read a book more than once on the system which is a significant win. Previously, it wouldnt log more than a single read of a book so you couldnt add the same book into different years challenges.
You Mean I Have To Talk To People?

For every introverted people hater there is a forum or not. Goodreads offers a lot of forums. All of which I ignore. So this is going to be a short section. Lets just note that there are opportunities to talk to people about specific books, about specific genres, topics or questions. Via each book page, there is a forum section. Via the discussions you can talk about random things like what foods are mentioned in a book if that takes your fancy. Via groups you can find like minded people whether thats mental health, fantasy or porn; the world is your oyster. There is an opportunity to ask authors questions and maybe get them answered. There are quizzes for you to test your knowledge about whatever book somebody else has gotten obsessed about or indeed for you to create your own quizzes. There is space to share creative writing and add new people to follow, whether that be popular reviewers or people who just happen to be online at the time.

More to my liking is the ability to follow friends whether that be people you actually know or people you follow because you find them interesting online or they have good reading taste. You can see what others who are on Goodreads are reading, what they enjoyed or didnt enjoy and potentially get ideas on your next reading adventure or not, as the case may be. You can follow whether people are meeting their personal reading goals through the reading challenge and add books that seem interesting to your to-read list.

Who Said That?

There is also a quotations section which if I didnt have my own quote books to try and keep up to date, I would probably be more interested in. It does mean you can search for quotes by author, book, genre, theme etc to your hearts content though.
A Bit O This An A Bit O Tha

In addition to the above there are a whole host of extra miscellaneous features that you can play with to your hearts content. There are book giveaways which you can enter and although I havent yet won one, I live in perpetual hope. My fianc does not however think I need more books. There are recommendation pages in a variety of formats. There are lists for every rhyme and reason, subject matter galore; best books of the decade, best books written by Iraqis, best strong female character, most interesting magic system the list is endless and you can split it by genre etc. There are quizs to test your book knowledge. There are top books based on a variety of recommendations, including Goodreads own polls. Essentially, theres lots.
Tis Only A Flesh Wound

There are minor niggles, of course there are. Firstly, Goodreads is now connected to Amazon which means there are limitations on what they will allow in a review; no author centric stuff on beliefs or such like. I dont tend to review like that anyway but some people are less than impressed and have moved onto other pastures green. What really does get my goat though is that people can rate a book without having read it.and this is counted in the ratings! Books are rated that havent even been released yet. Some idiots see looking forward to reading a book as a reason to rate it with five stars before even opening the cover. How does this make sense in the slightest!?

Id also like the stats page to be more detailed; Id like to see break downs of pages per year with an average per year and the shortest book as well as the longest. Id like to see breakdowns of pages per genre or by tag. Id like to see star ratings per genre. Id like the publication year page to be able to be readableor at least if it was searchable then you could take off the really early books that make it so unreadable. Id like some fun facts to be included; how far up the Eiffel tower would my 2016 book pile go? How many trees would I have killed if they were all paperback? How many elephant babies would my books weigh? Im odd though so feel free to disregard this paragraph.
Do I Recommend?

As a tracker for my books, I do indeed. I like somewhere to place random thoughts on books that can vaguely class as reviews but require no effort. I like being able to keep log of my ratings on various books and glace back at all the things I have forgotten. I like being able to look at lists for inspiration, even though I really dont need inspiration!! I need to get through the myriad of books that I already have before I get any more inspiration! Most of all, I like that it is free and I can keep lists and keep track of things and make myself smile at how many books ahead of target I am. Sixteen at time of writing if you are interested. Tough if you arent. You know now anyway.
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LiveMusicLoverLyn 11.12.2017 20:39

Nicely done

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I really like the site - super recommendation!

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well shared

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