A lot of my friends won’t sign up to the great world of book social networking because of the outdated and complex ways the sites are run. I can confidently say, after joining Goodreads in 2013, I’ve navigated the do’s and don’ts of virtual bookshelves!
DO: Create Book Shelves You’d Actually Use
Some of my online GR friends have a thousand different shelves. That’s great, if it works for them. For me, that’s waaay too many. How would I keep them up-to-date? I need clear and concise shelves that I would definitely use at least once a month.
DON’T: Make Shelves for Every Series
When I scavenge other people’s profiles, one of the biggest turn-offs is when somebody has “10,000+ books shelved” due to multiple listings of books. This most popularly happens when people group every single series, even if it’s a duology! It’s pointless. Goodreads has already organised the series for you, there’s no reason you can’t just click into the author’s profile to see the order and other information.
DO: Learn the Basic HTML Codes
This is more for fun if you’re a frequent reviewer/interacter (on polls, groups and general statuses/comments) on the social network (i.e. Goodreads, Bookstr, or LibraryThing). I didn’t start properly reviewing (as in, with a decent length and reflection) until 2015. Mainly because I couldn’t figure out how to code anything, like GIFs (which are my favourite thing from other people’s reviews).
Here’s my cheat sheet that I keep in my Notes.
It’s a handy trick so I can just copy and paste it into my discussions in seconds, without stuffing it up (we’ve all made rookie mistakes not closing the brackets).
(I’ve added spaces next to the first and final <, backspace if you want to copy):
Read more bookish goodness on my book blog: < a href=“https://constantravingreviews.com”>Cal’s Constant Raving Reviews< /a>
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< spoiler>< /spoiler>
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For GIFS: < img src=”https://www.goodreads.com/image…” width=”400″ height=”100″ alt=”description”/ >
For reviewing format, check out my post: Reviewing Style.
DON’T: Compulsively Add EVERY Book You See to Your TBR
When I first joined, my TBR grew to 500. That’s insane. I was 13. I read probably 4 books each year, if I was bothered (Spoiler: I got glasses later in 2013 and boom. Books = life). You’ll never know what you actually want to read when you just add everything you seem slightly interested in. Make sure you study the author and the synopsis. Is it something you’d actually pay for or find at your library? If it’s no: no matter how hyped it is: DO. NOT. ADD. IT.
DO: Update Your Shelves
Do you have a shelf that was for your birthday two years ago, and you’ve read all those books by now? DELETE THE SHELF. Or just the books you have read, and add any new ones. Then send it to your family and friends… mwahahahaha.
Here’s a look at my shelves: