Goodreads 2


For casual and avid readers Goodreads is social networking site that does three thing really well.

  • First, it’s a place to share with family and friends what books you are reading and see what they are reading.
  • Second, Goodreads has some easy to use tools for keeping track of the books you have read and the books you want read.
  • Third, Goodreads is place for both new and established authors to have a dialog with their fans.
  • Bonus feature for library staff that work directly with the public, Goodreads is an excellent resource to get the current reviews and opinions of newly published books and an useful site for assisting patron’s with reader advisory questions.


Goodreads is user friendly! Start your discovery here by signing up for an account. Want to see a detailed overview of the sign up process before you start? Check out this slideshare presentation from Queens Library

=====>If you have a smartphone be sure to get the Goodreads app!

Video about Goodreads app

Poke around a bit on the Goodreads site be sure to click on each of the top level menu items:

  • Home
  • My Books
  • Groups
  • Recommendations
  • Explore


1. Add some books- add at least 3 books you’ve read and 3 books you would like to read (make sure you add them to the right shelf). Bonus– create some book shelves of you own and assign books to different shelves. For more information on how to do this visits the Goodreads Help section titled My Books

2. Look at Goodreads book recommendations based on your reading interest.

3. Explore listopia.


Join our group discover*play*connect: 2012 Edition

Now roll a six sided die (one your own) or click the graphic to link to virtual die.Complete the activity that corresponds to your roll.

1. Add new friends. (For help on how to do this click here)

2. Add a Goodreads feed to your blog. (For help on how to do this click here)

3. Become a fan of an author.

4. Comment on a review.

5. Search for Goodreads member in your city.

6. See who’s online now. (To see who’s online now click here)

I’ve often wished there was a “Goodreads for Movies”. I even made a shelf titled “Saw the movie”. Write a small post for your blog, what do think of my idea? Would you like to see the Goodreads format expanded to include other media?

This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Fall of 2012.  This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was authored by Ginny Jacobs for Townsville Library. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


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