I read a post last month on Tempest Books about how she organizes her Goodreads shelves, and thought it would be a fun topic for me to discuss too.
I’m a huge Goodreads fan. I track all my read books, my to-be-read books, and my wishlist books there. I do feel like I underutilize the ability to shelf books though. I have 4 exclusive shelves and 35 optional shelves. It sounds like a lot, but it’s really not.
My exclusive shelves are pretty self-explanatory. I have the standard 3 (read, currently reading and to-read), as well as one I created: my wishlist shelf. This lets me separate books I have (to-read), and books I want (wishlist). Much easier to see what I already have this way.
My optional shelves are much more varied. I started using Goodreads in 2010, so I have read-in-YYYY and 5-stars-in-YYYY shelves for each year to track what I read and what I loved. I have swap and swap-after-reading shelves to track my physical books. I have a couple tbr categories and a few wishlist categories, as well as shelves to track major incoming sources (Netgalley, BEA, etc).
Unlike a lot of people, I don’t have genre shelves, although that would be helpful sometimes. I also don’t have a freebie shelf, which I wish I had started. I would like to create one, but the idea of going through all my books to reclass titles onto these shelves hurts my brain. Even more than updating all my old posts (I’m only at Jan 2013, I tend to go in spurts).
The shelf I use most often, and the most important one to me is my writing-review shelf. These are the books I’ve read that haven’t had reviews posted yet. The content of this shelf is continually changing, and if you ever wanted to know what reviews were coming up, this shelf is a good indicator.
What about you? Do you use Goodreads shelves for book organization? Are you happy with your selection, or wish you had other shelves, like I do?