If you haven’t heard of Goodreads, then stop what you’re doing right now. This is an app you won’t want to miss. First and foremost a huge shoutout to my best friend, Courtney, for introducing me to this app. I probably check this app more than any of the others on my phone these days.
What is Goodreads?
In simple terms – Goodreads is a free app that allows you to keep track of books you’ve read and what you want to read. I’m sure you’re sitting there thinking, “okay, why do I need this so badly?”
Well, when you first sign up for Goodreads, you get to sort through and select your favorite categories and rate books that you’ve read and ones you want to read. From there, the app will give you further suggestions of what to read. These can also be added to your Want to Read list – more on this later. You can also connect the app to Facebook and see your friends’ recommendations and what they are reading. Don’t worry, there are no spam notifications/requests on Facebook when using this app. *No more Farmville repeats.
You can update the app to reflect the novel you currently are sucked into and even track what portion of the book you have read by entering the page you are on (no more lending books to a friend who returns them with a bunch of dog-eared pages) or a percentage of the book that you have read.
Goals and Lists
If you’re anything like me, you love lists – I have them everywhere, which is starting to be a problem since I tend to misplace things. Well Goodreads can track books that you have read and that you want to read in the future, with your “Read” and “Want to Read” lists. It’s a great way to never forget a book you want to read.
One of my favorite features of the app is the challenge. At the beginning of the year (or at any point) you can set a goal number of books that you want to challenge yourself to read and as you mark books as read throughout the year, it automatically adds them to your list and to marks another off on your challenge. The app will tell you when you fall behind on reading and will guide you towards meeting your goal. I love it. My challenge for this year is 25 books, which will put me several ahead of what I read last year.
You can rate and review books, as well. There is the typical 5 star scale and you can leave lengthy reviews about the book. Additionally, I haven’t found a book I want to read that isn’t on the app yet, including some that JUST launched and aren’t on a popular topic. I’m very impressed with this simple app.
As you can see, you can sort through your “Want to Read” list in several different views, search for books, and even scan books you have in your personal library. The home page allows you to check out what your friends are reading and acts as a news feed for the app. It’s a very simple and intuitive app, that I can’t stay away from.
Whether you’re an avid reader or you’re just trying to get into reading, Goodreads is a must have app. You’ll never miss a book suggestion again, whether it be over a cup of coffee with your friend, on a radio or podcast, or even an advertisement on the web. Just grab your phone or tablet and add it to your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads. They even have a website where you can login and view your account, if you’d rather do it on a webpage instead of your iPhone. Your profile and book picks carry over seamlessly from handheld device to the web. I highly recommend this app/website to anyone who likes a good book.
Have you used this app before or do you have it now? Tell me what you think? What is currently on your reading list? Are you participating in any reading challenges in 2017? Let me know! I’d love to hear about them! I’ve linked some of the books on my “Want to Read” list below!
*There are some affiliate links in this post. Thank you for supporting this site.