How I Organize My Goodreads Shelves

Posted October 20, 2019 by Kim in Discussion / 1 Comment

How I Organize My Goodreads Shelves

One of the biggest struggles I have when it comes to blogging is staying organized. I know I’m not the only person who finds this a challenge. I’ve talked in the past about parts of how I keep my reading life in control (*cough* Trello *cough*) but I’ve never talked about my Goodreads shelves. I’m not sure if this is super exciting or not, but I thought it was worth sharing.

If I’m being totally honest, my Goodreads shelves are a work in progress. Just when I think I’ve finally got it all figured out, I decide I want to do something different with them. Or track something new at any rate. My most recent addition is trope shelves and they’re kind of a hot mess. I need to go back and do some backfilling, but who has the time? 🤷🏻‍♀️ One of these days… Maybe.

I’m sure you know you can add your own shelves to Goodreads. But did you know you can set them as “exclusive” so you don’t have to add books to one of the default shelves (Read, Want to Read, or Currently Reading) to categorize them? This is the single most satisfying discovery I’ve made on Goodreads. My shelves would be more of a mess than they currently are without this feature. It’s super easy, too. Just click My Books and then look for “edit” to the right of Bookshelves. (Full disclosure: I don’t know if you can do this on mobile. I’ve never tried.) From there, click the little checkmark for the shelves you want to make exclusive. Here are my exclusive shelves:

Goodreads Shelves

The first three are more or less self-explanatory, but I do treat my Want to Read shelf a little differently than most. It’s books I actually own. Not books I want. That’s what my Wishlist shelf is for. My Audible Romance Package TBR shelf needs to be renamed since the program name changed, but you get the point. Kindle Unlimited TBR is pretty clear, too. I like to know NOT to buy a book if it’s available in one of my subscriptions. Especially considering I’m likely to purchase a print copy if I love it. But I digress.

The DNF shelf shouldn’t need much explanation, nor should Waiting on Release or ARC. Hard Pass is mostly for authors behaving badly or books I KNOW are not Kim books for whatever reason. I have to track them so I don’t forget my intention to never read them. 😂 Lost Interest and Maybe One Day could probably be combined… they mean more or less the same thing. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I created two. I’m sure past Kim had a reason, but it doesn’t make much sense to me now.

See what I mean about a work in progress? 😂

Next up? Challenges shelves. I think they all speak for themselves.

Goodreads Shelves

Keeping track release dates (or months, at least) is important to me, so naturally I have shelves for each month’s releases. I clean these out so only have 2-3 years at any given time. I’ve never seen a reason to keep them longer.

Goodreads shelves

I’m a nerd who likes to track things — and write about favorites or new-to-me authors later in the year – so these shelves come in quite handy.

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I know Goodreads allows you to add the date you read a book in your review, but I like seeing the numbers all in a line like this. It also makes it easier to track my Goodreads Challenge. Side note: I have no freaking idea how I read so damn many books in 2013 and 2014. 😅

Goodreads shelves

Remember when I said I liked to track things to make life easier later? It’s mostly for the Top 10 challenge I host each year. Which also has its own shelves. Just because. 😉

Goodreads shelves

As I mentioned above, I’ve recently started adding shelves for tropes and story characteristics. They are a total work in progress and I’m not going to waste your time with those. I swear some have like 3 books on them. It’s not even worth talking about. 😂 I also have shelves to help me remember where the books came from (from the publisher, from the author, NetGalley, Edelweiss) and what format I own (finished copy for review, print ARC, eARC, audiobook). Oh, and the all-important Cover Love shelf, of course.

I could literally go on and on, but I’ll just say if you want to see all my shelves you should just check them out on my profile. I think I hit most of the high points here, but if you have any questions leave them below. I’ll answer just about anything or help however I can!

Let’s Chat

Do you use Goodreads?
Are you an obsessive updater like I am?
Have you customized your Goodreads shelves or do you stick to the basics?

Kim
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