In case you don’t know what Goodreads is, it’s a handy website that helps you track the books you have read, want to read, and which your friends are reading. Famous authors and new authors alike use the website to promote their novels, short stories and poetry collections, all of which you can leave reviews of.
It provides a great community and an easy access to discussions on your favorite books. One of my favorite things about finishing a novel is checking the reviews of it on Goodreads. Pro tip: go to the one-star ratings on any book’s page and you’ll be laughing for days.
The best part though? Goodreads giveaways!
When you create your profile, you can enter as many giveaways as you want, and there are a ton of options. All you have to do is provide your address and agree to the terms and conditions. You don’t have to put in your credit card information or fill out any surveys.
I have won a total of seven books from the website. Although the majority of books listed in the giveaway section are authors who could use a little bit more polishing, it’s a great way to read outside your comfort zone. Sometimes the authors even send a personalized note or signature along with their book!
A couple months ago, I won a book about productivity. If I didn’t receive the book for free, I wouldn’t have even given it a second glance. The most recent novel I have won is a hardback copy Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth (which is priced at $22 currently).
Although the website and app need to be updated, it’s still a great tool for any avid reader. It allows readers to create a profile and have one source where they can keep all their book statistics.