Chat Between Chapters: Goodreads, Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

June 5, 2016 Chat Between Chapters, Featured Posts 13


 So we all know that you can easily fall down the rabbit hole that is Goodreads. Share some thoughts and experiences you have when hanging out there.

Julie Review Avatar Julie:

You know what’s fun about Goodreads? You log in, and you get sucked into an endless loop of finding books to add to your list, updating shelves, and stalking your friends’ shelves. You know I’m right.

Ooh, I got a GR friend request, you may think. Let me log in real quick and accept.

Ooh I wonder what books this new friend has been reading lately.

Oh look we have this author in common. Does this author have any new books out or maybe something new soon?

Ooh let me add these to my to-read shelf. And then check reviews from others. And then see what other books people who liked book X are reading.

And it never stops until you force yourself to close the browser window. Sometimes it feels like I spend more time reading about books and chatting about books, than I do actually reading books.

Anyone else feel this way and have similar thoughts/experiences on Goodreads?


I navigate to Goodreads so frequently that my browser knows where to head when I just type “g”. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad. But I am definitely on Goodreads a lot.

My rabbit hole is the listsopia and explore functions. Need a new mystery – there’s a list for that. YA Romance/Urban Fantasy. There’s a list for that. If there is something you are looking for – there is a list for it.

I use the Readers Also Enjoyed function as well. Especially when I can’t figure out what to read next. Sure, I have hundreds of books on my TBR list. But sometimes, nothing appeals. And I just need something new.

And not to brag, but I actually won a Goodreads giveway a few weeks ago. I didn’t even know people ever won those!

What about you? Do you get sucked into Goodreads? Or not use it at all?

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13 Responses to “Chat Between Chapters: Goodreads, Falling Down the Rabbit Hole”

  1. Tina at Mommynificent

    I haven’t figured Goodreads out enough to get sucked in yet. I just update my status and try to write a few thoughts about each book I read. Now I’m a little scared! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on!

  2. Silvara

    I try not to get sucked in too often. There are a lot of other things I’m already addicted to, and if I spend time on ALL of them, there will never be time to read or blog! *laughs*

    That said, I admit that after accepting friend requests, I have to go do the “compare books” to see if we have anything in common. I also go through the listopia’s when bored. And I always look through the “readers also enjoyed” when checking out a book, or adding a book to my TBR.

    I love entering the giveaways too! Though I’m trying to limit myself there since I have so many books already on my shelf that need to be read. I’ve won 3 times in the last year already, which feels like a lot since I don’t enter that often!

    • Julie

      Hey winning 3 times is awesome! Giveaway entries are a good rabbit hole to fall down.

  3. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    Ooooooh do I get sucked in! The rabbit hole is real. SO REAL. In fact, just you guys talking about it made me mosey on over to Goodreads. It’s a problem. I feel like I *should* have nothing to do over there, but somehow I end up spending like, an hour looking at a shelf of books that release in 2019 or something insane. It is DEFINITELY a struggle!
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  4. Wendy

    I LOVE the “readers also enjoyed” feature. And, yes, lists. I no longer get distracted by the Trivia or other quizzes. Sometimes I feel a need to reorganize my shelves–not just add new topics, but break down shelves that were too broad originally, which means moving books over. THAT can be a time suck for sure!

    • Julie

      Oh yea, the readers also enjoyed, that is a huge rabbit hole and has caused me to add way too many books to my to-read shelf aka books that have sparked some interest shelf, not a true tbr shelf.

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