Goodreads is a global platform with ‘the world’s largest community of readers’. Not only can you find new and interesting books, but you can also track your personal reading with goals and mark books for your ‘to be read’ (TBR) pile on the site as well.


I have been using Goodreads for a couple of years now and I have found that it is hugely convenient as a way to keep up with the most popular books as well as those less well known yet still as engaging. The suggestions are specially curated based on your reading habits to ensure that you can find the best books for you.


One of my favourite aspects, however, is how you can follow your friends and keep up with all that they’re reading in real time. It’s a fun way to get to know them even better through understanding their tastes at the same time as being exposed to different genres and authors. Of course, if you’d prefer to stay more undercover, you can always alter your privacy settings to prevent others from seeing your progress.


Ratings of books on Goodreads are decided by the community – the average, casual reader. This way you can get a good gauge on the book from people who may have no fancy for reading or from those who read a book a day; all have a say. If you aren’t convinced on the star rating though, read some of the reviews. Oftentimes they are raw and real, as from people who have nothing to lose, making the reviews sometimes as entertaining as the book!


Overall, I think Goodreads is a fun and inspiring way to continue reading, romanticising the whole process. It is absolutely free to sign up and explore with recommendations appealing to all.