Goodreads is the largest book review website on the internet. As of April 2017, it had 55 million members who wrote 50 million reviews and added 1.5 billion books. According to Quantcast, a website ranking and data collection site, around 400,000 unique visitors access the Goodreads each day from all around the world. Those numbers are all very impressive, but they don’t solve my problem.
I don’t have the slightest idea what to do with Goodreads.
I have a Goodreads page, but I haven’t done much with the rest of the site. There are great forums, lists of fabulous books on every subject imaginable, quotes from novels, ways to win books, and places to ask authors questions. But there are so many ways to interact with the Goodreads community that I don’t know where to start. I’ll admit that I usually don’t even look at a book’s Goodread’s rating before deciding to read it.
I have, however, seen that a ton of people in the bookish parts of the world use the site. So maybe this is a questions for all of you: how should I use Goodreads? Are there particular forums you love? Do you use it to find books? Am I betraying some secret society of readers by not using Goodreads?
Help me book lovers. You are my only hope.