Using Goodreads to Find What You Need
Using Goodreads is one of my favorite ways to find the best romance novels or romantic suspense books. Goodreads launched in 2007 and is now the largest site in the world for readers as well as finding book recommendations.
How Goodreads Works
Have you wondered how does Goodreads work? Or, who should use Goodreads? There is something for everyone, and readers can tailor the experience for what they’re searching for.
While some may be under the impression that this website is just for people who post book reviews, or those looking for book reviews, there are many ways that using Goodreads can help you find the best romantic suspense novels or even the best romantic suspense authors — and everything and everyone you love to read.
Following Author Pages
It took two years after Goodreads’ inception, but in 2009 it made it possible to follow the authors you love as well as other reviewers. This allows you to get updates on whoever you are interested in for their books or even their insights into the books you love. You’ll also be in-the-know about new releases or what the author may be working on next, and you will be the first to know when an author you’re following has a Goodreads giveaway available.
Seeing Who Authors Follow
By seeing who your favorite authors follow, you can find another author that you’ll fall in love with, since many authors follow those in their same genre.
Finding Niche Groups on Goodreads
Niche groups are an excellent opportunity to get the most out of Goodreads. Groups come in all types of categories since they are user-created. For instance, you can find groups like Books –> Romance –> Romantic suspense, and each of the niche categories will have individual groups, like Unapologetic Romance Readers, which has over 1,200 members. Following these members’ discussions is an ideal way of finding more of what you love.
Specific Sub-Genre Reviews
You can always check out some of the sub-genre reviews to get an idea of what others like about books in that sub-genre. For instance, if you look at the Shelves area, there is a plethora of sub-genres on those shelves where you can find books and their reviews and ratings. Check out the Genre list and see for yourself how many choices there are to find a favorite.
Listopia is a section of the Goodreads website that has lists of books, such as the Top 100 Romance Novels on Goodreads or All Time Favorite Romance Novels. These lists are created by users and anyone can vote on them, so you get an unbiased look at the results.
Ask an Author
The Ask an Author section back in 2014, and there are plenty of authors using Goodreads who participate. This section allows you to submit a question to any author who participates. If they answer your question then you are not only notified but the question and answer are posted on their author page for the rest of the community to see.
There isn’t one type of person using Goodreads. It’s not relegated for one type of person, a specific age or a certain type of reader — it’s a community for everyone who loves reading. No matter what type of books you like or the author you follow, you can learn more about the author, find books you didn’t know about, or get recommendations and reviews on books that you might have missed out on.
This post was submitted by a guest blogger.