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.
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!
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.
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!
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!