How Do You Organize Goodreads?

My Goodreads account is pretty well-curated. I have some genre shelves, some intended audience shelves, and an exclusive shelf for those I didn’t finish.

But here’s my dilemma:

I use my “to-read” shelf to help determine my next book to read. It’s like my constant running list of what is next on my literary to-do list. Typically I select those books that I have review copies for or have physically in my possession (I would really like to one day say that I’ve read every book I own instead of a bookshelf of a ton of question marks).

But what about those books that just catch my eye? Those that either Goodreads recommends for me or those that I stumble across due to the blogging community or friends? Those books aren’t a “priority” read; I will likely not read them until I am more confident with where I stand with my review copies. Do they belong on my “to-read” shelf?

Now I know that there is the ability on Goodreads to sort your books–to rank them and create a real queue. But that is always so hard for me to keep up with and I tend to ignore that.


So I created a shelf called “would-like-to-read”. I was about to place all those books that aren’t on my real queue there to separate them from those that are real priorities. But where do I draw that line? It’s really not as clear cut as I was hoping.

How do you create your reading queue? How do you make distinctions between books? What tips could you give me with my little dilemma?

What do you think?

  • Steph says:

    Didn’t know this, that is awesome!

  • I like that idea! I have a shelf that’s called “omg can’t wait” (which sadly has way too many books on it that I haven’t gotten to yet) and a “read these soon”, which I actually haven’t updated in forever.
    You do NOT want to see my list of shelves though haha! It’s absolutely insane and incredibly organized. I feel like I NEED all those shelves though……. right? :)

    • Michelle Michelle says:

      hahaha I totally get it. I just wish I could figure out a proper way to distinguish which shelf a book belongs. It’s just sad that those that don’t make it on the “I need to read this because I’ve already bought it/received it” aren’t likely to be read any time soon, if at all. But I can pretend right? 😛

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