Goodreads Groups & Why You Should or Shouldn’t Join Them

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In case you’re not familiar with Goodreads, it’s a book website that has (just about) every book ever on its site, all the information you could want on the book/author, and even allows you to create a profile to keep track of all the books you’ve read and their ratings, and the books you want to read. It’s really an amazing site that I’m so grateful I discovered.

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There’s more than just books to Goodreads. There are discussion posts, giveaways, and my favorite of all… the groups. Goodreads appeals to readers of every kind. They have groups for readers of Romance, Young Adult, Mystery, Classics, MM, and every other genre out there!

In these groups, you can find people who have the same interests as you! Not just in books, either. My interest is reading challenges. So, I’ve found many (and when I say many, I mean MANY) Goodreads groups that have tons of fun reading challenges, individual and team. I’ve grown somewhat addicted to the challenges and can’t help myself from signing up when I see a new one open. Sometimes I feel that, even though I enjoy it so very much, these challenges are becoming stressful for me. And isn’t the whole point of signing up for things you like is so you can have fun and enjoy it? How can you enjoy it if it’s stressful?

So I wanted to take a look at the pros and cons to Goodreads… to see if signing up for Goodreads groups is a good thing or a bad thing. Or maybe even both!

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Let’s take a look at some of the PROS of joining Goodreads groups:

  • Being able to discuss your interests with others
  • Making new bookish and non-bookish friends
  • Discovering NEW interests
  • Challenging your mind
  • Um… because it’s FUN!

Alright. Now the CONS:

  • Overwhelming and stressful at times (only if you overload yourself)
  • Time consuming (only if you become addicted, like me)
  • Your TBR list will sky rocket (but is this really a bad thing?)

Well. It looks like the Pros outweigh the Cons. Am I right? So, if you aren’t a part of any Goodreads groups, I highly recommend you join some! They are such fun and there are some really cool and interesting people out there to discuss books and other interests with. I, personally, love all the reading challenges there are out there.

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I want to give you guys a list of some of the groups I am in on Goodreads that I feel some of you might be interested in.

Stress Free Reading Challenges :: This group is for readers of any and all genres and focuses mainly on fun, stress free reading challenges. When I say “stress free”, I mean No Deadlines, No Page Count Requirements, and No Book Restrictions of any sort. (PS: I am one of the moderators of this group)

YA Buddy Reader’s Corner :: This is a group for lovers of YA, but it also caters to readers of other genres as well. It puts a lot of focus on Buddy Reads and has a team challenge monthly that are always super fun.

Nothing But Reading Challenges :: My very first Goodreads group I ever joined! This group has so many awesome individual reading challenges and even an individual reading Role Playing Game! They have group reads every month and mega-huge team challenges a couple times a year.

The Challenge Factory :: Another group with lots of fun challenges! This group has several individual and team challenges, and lots of great people.

My Vampire Book Obsession :: This group caters to lovers of the paranormal genre, mainly vampires, but it’s not a requirement to read those type of books to be a member and join the fun over there! They are under new moderation and have added lots of great stuff!

For Love of a Book :: A group that caters to all genres, has monthly group reads, lots of fun challenges like Pokemon GO, and even has a really awesome and unique “incentives” program. You’ll have to check it out to see what I mean!



I could go on all day about my millions of Goodreads groups… I love each and every one of them. But I highly suggest you check some of these out, or even go on Goodreads and browse their many different groups if none of the ones I listed appeal to you. You may find something you weren’t expecting to find!

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My Questions for you guys…

Are you in any Goodreads groups? If so, do you ever find them stressful?

If you aren’t in any Goodreads groups, has this discussion post sparked your interest at all? Do you think you’ll join some?

Let me know in the comments below!

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119 thoughts on “Goodreads Groups & Why You Should or Shouldn’t Join Them

  1. I’m in two Goodreads groups. BooksEverAfter, a Dutch bookclub and of course Stress Free Reading Challenges ;).
    To me the really big Goodreads groups, like Nothing but Reading Challenges and the Challenge Factory are overwhelming and a stressful.
    Great post! And interesting topic for a discussion! (and you’re right Goodreads is addicting)

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    1. I agree that the bigger groups can tend to be a bit overwhelming at times. Especially when the huge team challenges are going on. That’s what I love about SFRC… no stress!! It’s great and definitely refreshing. I’m so glad you joined the group. I’ve never heard of the other group you’re in (but I can’t read Dutch) 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed the post and thank you so much for commenting!! ❤️

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  2. I’m a member of Goodreads, but have yet to join any groups. Reading your post has persuaded me to join some, though! You’re right, the pros definitely outweight the cons 🙂 My main concern about joining was not being able to keep up with reading challenges etc. I work random shifts and on top of that, despite being a book blogger, I’m not always the fastest of readers.

    Thanks for your insights! 🙂

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  3. I am only in the austentations book club (in which you read one Jane Auten book a month) but I’m not really active at all. I do read the books but I don’t post.

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  4. I’m in some groups there, but I only check often the ones for Top 5 Wednesday and Book Traveling Thursday hahaha Book clubs aren’t really for me, I just like to join some because they’re themed marathons (summer, halloween, christmas …) or because they have nice challenges that I eventually would like to join 🙂

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      1. Dutch, Japanese and English are easiest for me 🙂 I can also read German books easily, because I have studied basic German at school and for the rest it’s quite similar to Dutch. Also Ancient Greek (with a dictionary for the more uncommon words), but that’s just reading (not speaking/writing of course). And then some very basic (holiday) French and some Latin-with-dictionary and I also started studying Russian a bit (I can translate written sentences using a dictionary but that’s a veeeery slow process :p).

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  5. I’m REALLY bad at using Goodreads – like, I’m only there to add things to my TBR (and even then that’s not my ‘active’ TBR), look up book information, and mark books as read when I’ve completed them. I think I’m in a couple of different groups, but I’ve never really joined in the discussions and such – I personally get enough of those on Twitter/blogs and barely have enough time left to actually BE on Goodreads.

    However, I love this post, and thank you for recommending your favourite groups! I’ll definitely take a look at them when I get the chance and see if any book/buddy read catches my eye. 💕

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  6. I’m completely addicted to GoodReads and absolutely love the team challenges. I’m currently captaining one of the teams on NBRCs mega team challenge and while it’s time consuming and stressful at times it’s so much fun. I love meeting people from all over the world, getting book recommendations and being pushed a little out of my reading comfort zone.

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    1. Yay! Another GR addict like me! Lol. I’m on team Dumbo Octopus in WOBBLE and it’s been a stressful few months, but so fun at the same time. I really enjoyed their team challenge this year. I usually captain for NBRC’s team challenges but I passed this time because of how long WOBBLE was going to last. I also love meeting people from all over the world and making new book friends. One of my favorite parts is all the awesome book recommendations I get!

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      1. Yeah, my team is definitely trying to battle it out. But there’s no way we’ll catch up to them now. My team probably hates me lol. The last month or so I’ve been behind on my reading… so instead of reading 2-3 books a week, I’ve just been reading one. As competitive as my team is, they are probably mad at me. Ah, well!

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  7. Stress Free Reading Challenges sounds like a fun group. I am a member of some goodreads groups but none I really pay attention to. I am a member of Top 5 Wednesday but don’t always contribute.. it depends on the topic for that week.

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    1. SFRC is very fun! And we’re all so laid back over there. I’m a member of Top 5 Wednesday as well, but like you said, I don’t contribute every week. I try my best to, but sometimes I’m just so busy! I hope you’ll check out SFRC or some of the other groups I listed. You really would love it!

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  8. Great post, Megan! I’m in a quite a few Goodreads groups but only post on a couple of them. I do try and read the BOTM for each though if I’m able to! I love joining groups to see what everyone is reading. I just recently joined Oprah’s Book Club group as I wanted to read more literary fiction like I used to before I started blogging. 🙂

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  9. I am so useless with actually using my GR account. I go through phases where I keep it up to date, but they never last. I am a member of one group, but I haven’t actually participated yet. You have got me thinking that I really should though.

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  10. Hey, I’m also in YA Buddy Reader’s Corner. My favorite and only group I’m active in. I love group challenges there, but am only participating when I know I’ll have enough time to read 8+ books. And if it’s a group challenge, I love those.

    Goodreads is really time consuming. That’s why I took a longer pause recently. Because I had no time to be as active as I was used to.

    I also love talking about books with my GR friends on review comments section and in inbox.
    Tbh, I always prefered Goodreads over blogs.

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    1. YA Buddy Reader’s Corner is my second favorite group! I’m playing their team challenge this month again. I love it over there. You could always do like I do and join a “Just for Fun” team on the challenges. Where it’s no requirement to read any certain amount of books for the month. I do that so I don’t get stressed out. I used to prefer Goodreads over blogs, but now that I’m blogging… I dunno. I still love GR of course! But blogging is awesome too! I love seeing what fellow bloggers are reading and liking, as well as my buddies in Goodreads groups! Thanks for commenting.😊

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      1. I’m also participating this month. I’m in medium team. 🙂
        Since I started blogging I noticed that being a blogger has more perks then being an avid reader who reviews book on GR.
        And I also got to know some people I wouldn’t even meet otherwhise, so I am happy to be blogger, but still GR is what got me into reading and starting my blog in the first place… 🙂

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  11. THIS is an amazing post!! I was thinking of joining in some groups for a couple days and it was very helpful to see someone writing about this! I will definitely going to look at them and start participating in them!
    thank you, for writing about this topic! ☺

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  12. I am the type of person who manages to take every single situation and make it the most stressful event of my life! While I incredibly juggle all the appointments between my son and I, work and my daughters extra circular along with family moments, the buck seems to stop there 😦 I am horrible with time. This is why I never buddy read as well 😦

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  13. I am part of the Austentatious book club. I have been pretty good at posting on there so long as I read the book. I have a hard time with classic novels so sometimes I don’t finish them even if I really try. Also I have been interested in joining some groups or other book clubs but every one I come across is always reading the newer books that are coming out and I can’t afford to buy new books.

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  14. I love Goodreads, and I used to participate in the groups I’m part of frequently. That lessened right around the time Goodreads changed their layout, and it wasn’t on purpose. In fact I just realized lately how little I visit anymore unless it’s to update what I’m reading. I do love to join challenges, and especially buddy reads! Great idea for a post.

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  15. I haven’t heard of any of these but I need to check them out. I thought you joined Hype or Like Friday a while ago. I’m way behind on my posts for that group. 😂 One of my cons for Goodreads groups is when the moderators spam you with non-stop emails until you have no choice but to leave the group. I had to do that last week with one that was annoying me.

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    1. Yes! I did just join Hype or Like Friday! I’ve made some recommendations for topics in there too, but not sure if they’re any good. Lol. Yeah, I don’t like getting all those spam emails either. I’ve only left a group one time over that though. And it was just because I wasn’t active in that particular group. 😊 Thanks so much for commenting!

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  16. I joined two challenge groups and while I loved reading with a challenge in mind, the groups themselves didn’t have that much activity 😦 Now I don’t have the time to join a group (it does take a lot of time and effort to keep up with some conversations/challenges), but I would love to join one whenever I have more time in my hands. Your group of stress free challenge sounds really good 😀

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  17. I’m a part of a few Goodreads groups but have never posted in one. I just don’t feel like I have the time for them. Between blogging, school, work, reading, and various other social media accounts I don’t even feel like I sleep enough 😂. I might have to check out some of the ones you listed though. It’s always great to find another way to connect with people through books. 😊

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  18. I’m definitely part of goodreads groups but I keep finding myself leaving them because I keep forgetting to participate in it. And my friend and I use to share a goodreads account and now she’s left so I can’t keep up with the groups she’s created. I do enjoy my Indian Goodreads Group though. Just one monthly read and discussions.

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  19. I’m in a couple of groups but I shy away from challenges (apart from the main Goodreads personal one) because I know that I’d get stressed if I didn’t do well – that’s a personality thing and nothing to do with the challenges. It is lovely to have such a good site to get inspiration from even if the TBR is sky high!

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  20. I am in a couple groups on goodreads although most of them are not active anymore which kinda sucks. One of the groups I feel overwhelmed sometimes, its a weekly blog post one, because I really really want to do the topic and then…nope. It doesn’t happen (usually because of university). Maybe next year I will join the stress free reading challenge one!

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  21. I used to be a GR Groupie (heh) before I started my blog. I was very active in The Netherlands and Flanders Group, Bookworm Bitches, and The Rory Gilmore Book Club. All awesome groups and there are so many more out there with amazing challenges just like the ones you mentioned up here. However, I just can’t seem to combine it with blogging :(. Too little time, too many ARC’s :3

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  22. It has always crossed my mind to commit to a group on Goodreads, but its the fact that I’d have to put a lot of time into it for it to work properly that stopped me from enjoying the idea! Your post does make it tempting now though! 😛

    – Lashaan

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  23. Wow. You definitely utilize Goodreads more productively than I do. I mostly go on every now and then to see what my friends are up to or to check if they’ve read a book I want to give them as a present. Sometimes I recommend books to my friends solely because I think they’re funny. Like, look! A book about a cow! They probably all secretly think I’m annoying. 😉

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  24. Great topic! I steward a CanadianContent goodreads group (mostly CanLit although we do talk about all genres of reading. It is a fun group with an amazing membership of readers that share their love of books… only problem… my to be read mountain continues to grow!!! lol

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  25. Wonderful post Megan!!! I used to participate in a few Goodreads book clubs and really enjoyed it. It really helped me discover great books that I may not have otherwise found on my own. Since starting my blog, I haven’t been nearly as active on Goodreads unfortunately…

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  26. You know I have MASSIVE love for Goodreads! And lately I haven’t had time for challenges, but my favorites were always the alphabet challenge (read a book starting with the letter [S]) and cover color challenges (read a book with a [green] cover)! But now my reading is so up in the air that I can’t even do that.
    I did just lose my job, so I’m going to be on the blogs more, but until school lets out, I am unfortunately at an all-time reading low. I used to read three books a week, and now I’m lucky if I finish one. It’s so frustrating! I can’t wait to do tags again, too!

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