Good day, Virtually Readers! Today, I’m going to take you through how I use goodreads shelves. It’s a totally random post, but people were interested. Thank you for being interested, everyone! I do so like goodreads, though, especially when you can see how your reading tastes have changed. I have a very haphazard shelving process because I’ve developed it over the years, so this is basically like revealing the inner workings of my brain. Feel free to friend me on goodreads, by the way-my profile is set to private automatically, but say you came from the blog and I’ll accept your request.
Part One: The Star Shelves
Because I’m really cool, I don’t have shelves called ‘five stars’ or anything like that. Instead, it’s a secret code of words which I am now revealing to you. The only problem is that sometimes I forget which word corresponds to which rating. I’ve been using this system for the last 2 years.
- Fabulous: five stars
- Practically-perfect: four and a half stars
- splendid: four stars
- worthwhile: three and a half stars
- good-enough: three stars (as in, it was good enough but nothing special)
- meh: two and a half stars
- not-good-enough: two stars
- I don’t actually have shelves for one and one and a half because I haven’t read any of those books since I started this system
- disappointment: for any rating, basically means I wish it was better.
Part two: the made-me shelves and other reaction shelves
These track my responses to a book. They’re pretty self explanatory
- made-me-think (all decent books should be on this shelf)
- worth-more-thought: this basically means I need more time to process my reaction to the book.
- made me research. Either the author or the subject matter.
- hyperventilates: I’m really/was really excited about this book. created when I found out about Clariel.
- branching out. This isn’t what I’d usually read
- dnf: I didn’t finish it
- on hold. I started it and plan to finish it…but not yet.
- so-punishing. I did not enjoy this.
Part three: the genre shelves
Again, these are fairly obvious. I’ve added them over the years.
- subset: contempary which is basically empty but when I initially got goodreads at the end of 2013 I apparently didn’t know how to spell
- fantasy-realms (this is supposed to be basically for high or middle fantasy books in a different worlds but isn’t really because I initially used it for all fantasy)
- magic-and-other-madness. This is basically for all books with magic or paranormal activity
- political-fantasy. Initially this was supposed to be for all books set in a fantasy land but without magic (e.g. The Winner’s Kiss) but now denotes all books with a heavy focus on fantasy politics.
- short-fiction. For short stories and novellas.
- sciffy: I didn’t want to write out sci-fi, because that’s who I am.
- non-fiction. This really needs sub-categories, but I haven’t done them yet.
- adult: Same thing.
Part four: the year shelves.
This is the year where I read the book.
- my-childhood. As in, I can’t remember exactly, but I read it at some point.
Part five: the rereading shelves.
These are a mess because they were developed at different times.
- read-again-and-again. As in, this book has been, or is worthy of, being read again and again. Some of these are from when I was younger and I probably no longer think that.
- rereads:s in, this was a book I reread.
- want-to-reread. As in, if I want to reread a book I should look at this shelf. Not very well used because I don’t know what I want to reread and when I want to reread it (or rather, I do, but I don’t put it on that shelf necessarily)
Part six: the reviewing shelves
These I basically used to keep track of review. By combining the year shelf and the review shelf I can see everything I’ve reviewed that year. A review is anything with more than one idea, more than 300 words or else serious though and procrastination behind it.
- to-review. I used to use this feature when I would mark a book as finished then write a review. Now I don’t, so it basically has the books I’m never gonna write a review for.
Part seven: The content shelves
These indicate the stuff which happens in the book and are very haphazard. This post could basically be summarized as haphazard lol.
- bad-life-choices. (the characters usually, not mine)
- diverse (this shelf is way too broad and poorly defined)
- too-much-dithering (one of my favourite shelves along with magic and other madness)
Part eight: miscellaneous
These shelves are basically everything else that doesn’t fit in any of the parts above. Hence, extra explanation.
- arcs: I got an arc. a very small shelf
- for some reason I separate these and not physical/ebooks.
- book-is-better-than-beautiful-cover. Basically it deserves or surpasses its’ cover.
- fangirl-worthy. It deserves some measure of devotion.
- forgettable: my newest shelf, for books that fail to leave an impression.
- maybe: I mean I might read it. Maybe. Dodginess.
- school: I read this for school. I don’t actually put all school books in here though so it’s incomplete.
- white-girl-in-fancy-dress-cover. Inspired by a trip to the library where I came back with about seven books featuring white girls wearing fancy dresses on the cover. I wanted to track this design phenomenon and its impact on my reading. The shelf has 64 books on it, which I think says a lot.
- short-and-sweet. This isn’t about length, this is about how long it takes me to read them, e.g. a 600 page book I read in one and a half days will still be on the shelf.
- write-faster-author. I want to read more by this author.
- Yes: I don’t even know why I created this shelf (tell me your secrets, 14 year old Shanti) but basically all books I feel even vaguely positive about are shelved this way, making it some of my most useful shelves.
I have 71 goodreads shelves which is probably way too many, because just shelving a book is a chore. Oh well, it’s my funereal. How do you use goodreads, if you have it? Which of these shelves is your favourite, and what’s a book you would put on it? tell me in the comments.