Goodreads is the go-to web site for book lovers, but even avid users are often discovering new features. Are you using Goodreads as effectively as possible?
Have you ever read a book, intended to review it, and then…forgotten about it? You can prevent that from happening by fully utilizing the features on Goodreads.
Update Your “Currently Reading” Status
Update your reading progress consistently as you read books, and don’t just update with the page you’re on. Including even short notes about your feelings while you’re reading the book will make it easy for you to go back and reflect on the elements that made the strongest impressions on you.
Leave Yourself Reminders in “Private Notes”
Many Goodreads users don’t know that when you go to the “edit review” screen, there’s an option to add “private notes.” This is a good place to jot down any thoughts and big impressions that come to you immediately after you finish reading a book. They don’t have to be organized or sound pretty because no one can see them but you, but they will help you put together a review later. (One catch: There is a character limit, so you might not be able to write everything you want.)
Post Your “Initial Impressions” before Posting a Full Review
Your Goodreads friends and followers will often be interested in your reaction to a book the moment you finish it. You don’t have to write a full review, but you should consider writing a few sentences of your “initial impressions” in the review space. This will satisfy your friends’ curiosity and give you a good starting place when you want to write your review.