How do you organize your Goodreads shelves?
I think you can learn a lot about people and their reading preferences by glancing at their Goodreads shelves. Are you a someone with so many created shelves for organizing your GR collection that you’ve lost track? Perhaps you haven’t created any shelves, and you stick to the default options that Goodreads provides. Or maybe you fall somewhere in between, like me.
These are my exclusive shelves. Creating more of these was the best thing I’ve ever done on Goodreads in terms of organization. The TBR shelves have been amazing at helping me keep track of unread books I own vs. those I don’t yet.
I use the “to read” shelf for books I don’t plan to buy:
- comics, graphic novels, and manga
- books I want to get from the library
- potential blog tour books I haven’t been approved for yet
- books I want to look more into before adding to my WL
“On pause” are books I’ve started and set aside for now. I wanted a way to get them off my “currently reading” shelf without labeling them DNF, because I do plan to finish them eventually! Often these books are bind-ups that contain an unread volume and books I’m not in the mood for. I kept these books on my Currently Reading shelf for so long that I built up a CR shelf of 15+ books. When I realized I could update the status to leave a note of my current page number, the “on pause” shelf was born.
The “not for me” shelf is a new creation, which is why it only has a couple books on it right now. I’m using it to keep track of problematic authors and books I’m not interested in.
I call these the labeling or tagging shelves. These are boxes I tick off when adding a book to my shelves or when I finish reading a book. As you can see, I don’t have shelves for any genre, only those I want to be able to view at a glance. For example, I created the bullying shelf to keep track of options for the Anti-Bullying Readathon I participate in every year. The historical fiction shelf was created in the hopes that I’d be more motivated to read that genre (it hasn’t worked so far). I think most of the shelves pretty self-explanatory. Some of these are harder for me to remember to update than others, like the “for review” shelves that I’m constantly renaming and forgetting about. I love looking at other readers’ non-exclusive shelves. I think they tell a lot about someone’s reading preferences and habits. When I add someone new on GR, the first thing I do is scroll down to their shelves and see what they’ve created. It’s so interesting!
Tell me all about your shelves! How do you keep your books organized on Goodreads? Do you have a lot of shelves or just a few? Or many you haven’t created any! Let me know in the comments.