Let’s Talk GOODREADS!

Posted February 8, 2016 by Keionda Lei Lewis in Discussion / 19 Comments

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I’m going to be honest here, I hardly ever use Goodreads and since I suck at being all social and stuff…well, I can’t use it for that either….

                                         Basically I’m just a SLACKA and I SUCK.

Nah. Not really. Ya, really.

I really wish I could use Goodreads, but pfft. If I’m being honest here, and Keionda likes honesty so, yeah, I just don’t understand Goodreads. I don’t understand how you can do the “social” thing on it.

And what the heck is up with “updating your status??” Someone please explain this to me because I can’t…I just..can’t.

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Since being social IRL isn’t my forte, I shall now go I’m the nearest corner, rock, and then proceed to weep. I WANT to he more social, but…but… I can’t. 

Some of you may be friends with me on Goodreads but my account is so sad and lonely since I never go on there so don’t judge me if you  know, I’m invisible. At least you know why now.

Apart from the fact that I don’t GET how the heck Goodreads works. I also think it’s because my TBR list is so freakishly, ginormously, monstrously huge (basically ALL THE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE BIG.) it kinda intimidates me and makes me not want to approach that place.

                                I guess I just need to suck it up and buck it up, eh?

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Another one I don’t really understand would have to be Instagram? I’ve been thinking really hard about getting one lately which is the reason why I added this social media platform on here. The thing is, do you just TAKE PICTURES of random crap and upload it, followed by a nice little caption at the bottom? I’m only considering doing this because I’ve seen a lot of authors use this platform SO NATURALLY, I’M CURIOUS, YOU KNOW?

                     So, please, please give me some advice? Help me out here! 

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                               OVER TO YOU:

What social media is your favorite? Which ones do you see the most people on? Any advice on instagram? OH! And, coffee WITH or WITHOUT whipped cream? Or, do you just despise coffee? That’s okay too. I appreciate your honesty. ♥

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19 responses to “Let’s Talk GOODREADS!

  1. Sophia Rose

    I’m glad I wasn’t drinking something when I started reading your post because I would have just spit all over my screen. You crack me up with the coffee thing after the GoodReads and Instagram question. Not a coffee drinker- at all, um no. Tried and it was epic fails several times.

    So, GoodReads, I love it. A lot. Like more than a lot. I practically live there. I keep track of my books on organized shelves I’ve created, I store my notes and reviews there, I keep my TBR list, and my wish list (as shelves) here, I keep track of what my book pals are reading and occasionally like or comment on their review or reading status, love using the quotes and lists to help me find things, I can make social updates (comments as I read a book or copy a quote) as I read that are sent straight to Twitter and Facebook. I am part of several reading groups and challenges there, I have author status and can do blog posts and take reader questions there, whew so much. See, I luvs it. Lots. I just played around and spent some time on it. I used the help page and asked ‘friends’ questions and eventually figured stuff out. You can use it as much or as little as you like so don’t worry if its not really your happening place at the moment.

    As to Instagram, I don’t have an account- mostly b/c I don’t tend to take random pics or even purposeful ones. But many people have these accounts. It’s like a visual Twitter from what I can tell. Maybe someday for me.

  2. I do keep track of all the books I read on there so I love it for that and I do try to be social but more often than now, I just don’t have the time to really use the site like I think it is meant for. I did in the beginning but..I would rather be reading or blogging than anything else.
    I’m terrible at updating my status too, especially during a read. I just never stop to think about it unless for some reason I’m already on it.

  3. Personally, I love Goodreads. As a blogger, it helps me to keep track of what I’m reading and what I have read – especially for wrap-up posts. I use the status update to write what I’m feeling at a certain point in the book, so I can reference that when I’m writing the review. I find it very helpful as a blogger, but I don’t think I have too much social interaction with Goodreads. Rarely will someone comment on my status’, I get likes quite often.

    I love Instagram, but then again I love pictures. I mostly post pictures of my cats, whatever book I’m reading, my extensive/impressive mug collection, etc. It’s sort of like FB, but without all of FB’s lameness. As you mentioned, a lot of authors are on it and it’s fun to keep up with them and it’s also becoming a giveaway platform. Regrams (reblogging/reposting) is a very common way to enter an Instagram giveaway.

  4. I’m trying to be better at GoodReads because it’s the one platform where I can find people who have similar takes in books!

    And I’m attempting to get back on the instagram wagon for the third time now. Ugh.

  5. Girl I could not live my bookish life, if I did not have Goodreads. I spend more time on there than I actually should but I wouldn’t change it for the world. And Instagram I use to share bookish photos. I love all social media pretty much. Hope you can find a way to integrate it into your daily life better. it’s fun girl!

  6. I use Goodreads a lot. I just like keeping track of what I’m reading, or just seeing what others are reading. I recently got Instagram, so I’m not really into it yet. I hate Facebook. I’m hardly on Twitter, but I do have it connected to my blog and Goodreads. I’m on Tumblr a lot too. I’m going off the grid next week, and will only be on Goodreads to update my reading progress.

  7. I love Goodreads – but I don’t use it for the social media stuff at all… I just love having my books listed and organized, and I like to update on their the books I’m currently reading. Cause then I can go into the stats and see how many books I read in a year, and how many were 5 stars, etc. It’s just the organizing nerd in me that loves it. 🙂 I think it’s nice as a social media outlet to see what people are reading, and maybe if they like some qutoes – but page progress with no comment seems useless. I still need to learn to use it more effectively though.

    Instagram, I do enjoy more – it’s fun to take pictures of books and try to be as creative as possible. Some bookstagram pictures are so pretty. I get that it’s hard to find the use in it though – I hope you’ll play around with it more and see how you like it, it might be that that outlet is the social media that works best for you!

  8. I love Instagram and Goodreads. I’m fairly active on both (though not quite as much as before). I post pictures of books and bookish things, but I’m not that creative with my pictures. I like the clean minimalist look so I try not to over do it with the props. Goodreads is helpful to me because it keeps track of all my reads, TBRs and books I need to get. It is a scary place, yes. But not as scary as my physical TBR shelves at home. Yikes.

  9. I’m on Goodreads and Instagram. Goodreads, mainly because of the groups (Emma Watson recently started a book club on it!). I also cross post my reviews. Instagram is by far my favourite. The pictures are gorgeous, though, I don’t know if it helps in boosting blog traffic. I still like it. If you even plan on starting a bookish account on Instagram, be sure to use hashtags 🙂

  10. I wouldn’t survive without Goodreads, Ki! I’m what you would call hyperactive on Goodreads…and I love it! Goodreads is basically home to me. *stares into the distance with dramatic music playing*

    I do love Twitter (it’s pretty awesome) and it’s where I’m always lurking. I think Twitter is most influential these days, but could only be my bias talking 😛 Facebook used to be big once upon a time, but that too seems to be passing. I really can say nothing about Instagram–I do have a personal Instagram but there’s no bookish stuff on it. I do love seeing book shelfies and the sort on Instagram, so there’s that 🙂 If you’re going to try Instagram, consider me a guaranteed follower :*

    I’m a black coffee kind of girl–I need the unadulterated caffeine–but I’m also known to occasionally go wild with hazelnut lattes 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by @ Rhea’s Neon Journal!

  11. OMG, you are just too fun. 🙂 And I love your honesty. So I’m afraid we part ways on GoodReads, my new friend. I’m a tad obsessive about it. LOL I keep track of what I read (and what I’m currently reading) and GR does that for me. I swear, the minute I finish I book part of my ritual is updating it on GR. I keep track of what I’ve read, what I’m reading, my TBR… boom. Done. I will admit that I kinda suck at the social aspect of it. I don’t interact as much as a lot of people do, and I’m not involved in any group. And Instagram is fun. I follow a lot of people who post grogeous pics of books that are staged and posed with fabulous backgrounds and accessories… it’s quite swoony. (And P.S: I despise coffee. There, I’ve said it.)

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  12. I mostly use Goodreads just to catalog the books I’ve read and post a review. I mark when I start a book and when I finish it. That’s about it. I have shelves but they’re a hot mess that I don’t really follow lol I don’t interact with anyone on there or spend days perusing books or anything like that. I’m in and I’m out! Haha

    I love Twitter and that’s my main social media thing. I have but don’t ever use FB and I just added Pinterest (I find it boring so I’ll probably dump it) and Instagram which is kind of fun. I did it mostly because people kept asking me to. I tweet my pics so I’m not sure why they want both *shrugs*

    The problem I have is other than twitter I really don’t feel like spending my whole day scrolling through feeds of multiple platforms. I don’t care so much about looking at other peoples pictures or pins.

    My WoW pick

  13. Great post. I use Goodreads, but not really as a social site. I use to track my books. I keep my TBR list there. I like that I can sort by release dates to see which of the books that I know I want to read to know when the next book comes out. I also like that I have a full list of books that I’ve read there. I have many books there from before I started blogging, so that list is more complete. I also have a list of books there that I might not review. I don’t do the status updates. I rarely even comment on reviews on Goodreads.

    For my social media, I’m mostly on Twitter. I love being social there with other bloggers. I also have a Facebook account. I’m rarely on it, maybe once a day. I don’t have Instagram.

    Once again, love the post.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  14. I kinda hit up all the social media–goodreads, pinterest, instagram and especially Facebook. I pretty much live on there. I like Goodreads for keeping track of my review books and ratings. It’s helpful when going out shopping if I can’t remember if I have a book or not I can check my Goodreads shelf. lol But it’s not all that user friendly I don’t think for conversations. Pinterest is fun for ideas and I get a TON of blog hits because of things I’ve pinned there. I love instagram too. It’s fun to take a snap a day and see them over time. I have it auto post to FB and they get a lot of traffic usually. I’m anti-twitter. Can’t stand twitter and am only there by force. lol

  15. evaallbooksconsidered

    I also don’t get the updating your status thing — I only update how far I am in a book/thoughts about books as I read nothing in general! I do like it to see what other people are reading and what their thoughts are though in real time!

    And I love insta, just don’t use it re: books LOL

    Also, just added you on GR!!

  16. Oh honey you do crack me up.
    I use Goodreads to track what I’m reading or what I’ve read (very useful for my monthly wrap up book tube videos). I don’t use the to read option all that much anymore because I had TONS of books on there that I’ve lost interest in so I had to like cull an enormous amount of titles from the list.

  17. Olivia-Savannah

    I’m not a goodreads gal either. I do put my reviews up there, but that is mostly just to help authors along and not really for myself. Oh, and I have a bookclub there but the groups are way easier to manage than my own account. I have a written tbr so I don’t have that thread looming every time I log in, and I don’t ever update my status. I wouldn’t even know how. But BOOKSTAGRAM IS AMAZING. Go to instagram and search #bookstagram and there, girl, you will see all the glorious artwork pictures bloggers take with books! That’s what my account is like too 😀

  18. I like Goodreads but I don’t use the social side of it much, I use it for my reviews and keeping track of my books (although tbh, it’s mainly my wishlist and not my actual books because there is SO MANY OF THEM). Sometimes people like my status updates (on a book I’m reading) and I’m momentarily confused because I forget everyone can see them (and lately I’ve just been swooning all over the place lol).

    I like instagram, but mainly because I like looking at other people’s photos. Mine are mostly of the books I have and my cats (and sometimes other random things, like baked goods I made), sometimes even my face (omg) when I am feeling presentable 😛

    But I like Twitter the most, I think I follow too many people though because I lose track every now and then, but it’s good for on the go updates!