Goodreads Blog

Ten Million Thank Yous!

Posted by Otis on August 13, 2012 1

I've got exciting news to announce today: Goodreads now has 10 million members! To put this in perspective, it took four and a half years to reach 5 million members and only another 15 months to double that number. Today, six books are added on Goodreads per second.

We've come a long way since Elizabeth and I built Goodreads from our living room, motivated by the belief that there was a better way to discover and discuss good books—and that we could build it.

When we first launched in January of 2007 we waited until we hit what then seemed like a magical number of 100,000 members before we hired our first employee and secured angel funding. Since then, the vibrant Goodreads community and company has continued to blossom. We now have a team of 30, we've just moved into bigger, fancier offices in San Francisco, and we've launched an array of new products, including our super-awesome and successful Recommendations Engine.

What have you been up to, you 10 million Goodreaders?

Well, you've shelved more than 360 million books!



You've also been chatting about books. There are more than 20,000 book clubs on the site—from virtual groups to small, in-person book clubs. Here are the five largest:



And here are the top 10 all-time most-reviewed books on Goodreads:



On a personal note, I'd like to thank each and every one of our members for being part of our success. Thank you for choosing to spend time with us on Goodreads: sharing your love of reading, discovering new ideas, and telling your friends about your experience. We love your passion, your smart, thoughtful, and creative reviews, and your belief that reading books makes the world a better place.

Thank you also for all the feedback, ideas, and suggestions. We evaluate each and every one. Our To Do list is impressively long and the team is working insanely hard, but there are lots more good things to come!

With thanks from all the Goodreads team,





Comments (showing 1-50 of 485) (485 new)


message 1: by Tarfah (new)

Tarfah Thank YOU! I adore Goodreads and wish it had been around since I was a kid- would have a much clearer picture of the number of books I've read since a book was first placed in my hands! Seriously, Goodreads is the best resource for books and a wonderful way to keep track of my reading and easily discover new and wonderful reads. Thank you sincerely.


message 2: by Brandi (new)

Brandi Aw, this brought tears to my eyes!

Seriously, though, those books that spell 'THANK YOU' in the bottom photo look so tempting! I'm going to go add them to my to-read shelves...

Thanks, Goodreads, for giving me a place to keep track of everything I (want to) read. I could never be this organized without you!


message 3: by Avani (last edited Aug 13, 2012 07:53AM) (new)

Avani This was so sweet!

Seriously, though, thank you, those of you who created and work at Goodreads-- I haven't been here since opening, but Goodreads is to my book lover soul as Willy Wonka's factory is to a candy enthusiast :)

There is no better place to peruse, discuss, and discover new books than Goodreads, and as an avid book reader, I didn't have a forum like this before finding it. It's also immensely satisfying to add a book to my shelves, vote in Listopia, take a quiz, add a quote, and so much more. It's such a user-friendly interface.

This is a fantastic website that I browse daily, and I'm sure I will continue to do so for years to come, because Goodreads will surely blossom and bring great new things in the future!

Thank you :)


message 4: by Mayank (new)

Mayank Gupta Thank you..!!! Good to see the family growing each and every day :)

For me, goodreads is like a personal thing. It has now been more then a year that I am a member of goodreads and I recommend it to every avid reader I meet. It is only and only becuase this site that I came to know about a lot of wonderful books. Seriously.


Thank you goodreads for giving me a sense of pride because I love to see the "read" list growing and it kinda makes me feel proud about myself :p Thanks a lot for everything :)


message 5: by Angeline (new)

Angeline Bishop Goodreads is growing by leaps and bounds due to hard work of the dedicated team behind the scenes. The ability to network with authors and readers is remarkable and I'm SO proud to be a part of the Goodreads family.

Thank You!

Angeline M. Bishop
Author of North Star
North Star by Angeline M. Bishop


message 6: by Edel (new)

Edel Thank you !!!!!! It was a very happy day when I first found Goodreads . It is my book Home. No day can go past without a visit here. It has been a great place for talking about books and sharing that love of reading we all have. Thank you for Goodreads !!! Congrats to all the team on your success and long may it continue and grow.xxx


message 7: by Yzobelle (new)

Yzobelle Thank you to you! Kudos to the entire Goodreads team! We need more of this to make the world a more sensible world to live in. Promote reading, promote literacy, promote more worthwhile leisure ... that will truly promote human development! ... Again, thanks to you! Together, let us do more!


message 8: by Mary (new)

Mary Congratulations! I started logging my books on GR in August of 2007 - at the time I didn't realize it was your first year. Well done. Here's to a bright future. Thanks for a great site!


message 9: by Casey (new)

Casey Waters Thank you for all your hard work and determination. Congratulations to everybody involved in making Goodreads what it is today! I am literally in love with this website!


♥ Tina ♥ (Martina Bookaholic) Thank you for all making this site possible! I love it here and I love it to get to know other book addicts like me. I'm really a fan and it's great here.
Congratulations!!


message 11: by Gary (new)

Gary Hoover Amazing site! I'm sure it will only get bigger and better in the coming years.


message 12: by Francesca (last edited Aug 13, 2012 06:55AM) (new)

Francesca Congrats Goodreads! I'm a French member since 2010 and I've already felt as a part of a huge community of readers, but now it's amazing! I hope the best for the future of Goodreads :)


message 13: by Mostafa ali (new)

Mostafa ali Congratulations ,you are great team and very thanks for your efforts here, i`m very happy to be member of this site ,and hope it will be 100 million member soon.


message 14: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Congratulations! I have been a member since November of 2007 and you are absolutely my favorite site for anything to do with books! You do a wonderful job!


message 15: by Saurabh (new)

Saurabh Sharma Congratulations! Thank You for this wonderful place where all book lovers can share their love for books. Excellent!!


message 16: by roxtao (last edited Aug 13, 2012 07:23AM) (new)

roxtao Congratulations for the job you're doing here and thank you for offering us such a wonderful community!


message 17: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Best website EVER!!! Thank you!


message 18: by Eda** (new)

Eda** awww so sweet, thank YOU!


message 19: by Brene (new)

Brene Brown Congratulations! So well deserved.


message 20: by Iluzija (new)

Iluzija O. Istini If books are really doors to other worlds, and libraries are hallways all of those doors are in, then Goodreads is a map that shows us the way. Thank you for guiding us trough adventures of our lives. Have many more successful years!!


message 21: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page) Thank you, Goodreads!


message 22: by Shreya (new)

Shreya that's insanely sweet of you guys...thanks a lot! :)


message 23: by Carol (last edited Aug 13, 2012 07:33AM) (new)

Carol When my sister suggested I join Goodreads several years ago, I could not understand why she was so insistent. Now I don't know where I'd be without this site! Thank You Goodreads. I have a few hobbies but reading is my passion. Without you, I doubt I'd have found so many of my now-fav books. Here's to the next 5 years and 10 million more members!


message 24: by Nicole D. (new)

Nicole D. Thanks for Goodreads.I have made good friends and found good books throw this wonderful site.Congrats on 10 million members!


message 25: by Nimethnimora (new)

Nimethnimora Congrats to the whole Goodreads team! I'm fairly new to the site but already it's helped me to find many books that I would not have read otherwise. Love it, keep up the good work!


message 26: by Micheline (new)

Micheline Congratulations! And Thank YOU! I can't imagine my life without Goodreads and I log in and am active every single day. It's by far one of the best sites I've encountered and I look forward to many happy returns :)


message 27: by I ♥ Bookie Nookie (bookienookiereviews.blogspot.com) (last edited Aug 13, 2012 05:57PM) (new)

I ♥ Bookie Nookie (bookienookiereviews.blogspot.com) Congrats! Thank you guys for working so hard to make this the best site on the web! I love it! I spend an embarrassingly large amount of time in Goodreads and really don't know what I would do without it!


message 28: by Shriya (new)

Shriya Congratulations! And THANK YOU! Goodreads makes my life worthwhile! I'm constantly hooked on it! Way to go, Team Goodreads! :)


message 29: by Maha (new)

Maha This message made me happy :D


message 30: by Nathan (new)

Nathan Thank you, Goodreads. I've lost thousands of hours to this sits, and I don't regret a second. Thanks for listening to us, too. No other site I've used does so much to empower their users to affect the experience, and that is a rare gift.


message 31: by Karen K. (new)

Karen K. Miller Congratulations! What an awesome milestone. What a help Goodreads has been to me, from suggestions of Recommendations to helping me organize my book collection. There is no other site quite as good as Goodreads!


message 32: by Anna (new)

Anna I'm glad I found this site. Love the yearly book challenge. I was keeping track of everything I read in a notebook till I found you. Now I"m able to share my books with friends and I"ve made a few new friends along the way too.
Thanks again, :)


message 33: by Nenad (new)

Nenad Congratulations!
Thanks to Goodreads.com I found a lot of first-class books and many more great people whose suggestions helped me to find and read a good book.


message 34: by Susan (new)

Susan Thank you Goodreads team! I check this website every day (sometimes multiple times per day). Loving books like I do, Goodreads is my dream website. Thanks for working hard to provide this venue.


message 35: by Mie (new)

Mie Chan Congratz and Thankz for your hardwork "GOODREADS"
I've been happy since I found this site..
it's beyond the words..., love it so much.... ^__^


message 36: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Congrats! I absolutely LOVE you guys!


message 37: by CrazyPenguinLady (new)

CrazyPenguinLady Gongratulations and thank you for such a great, one of a kind website! :D


message 38: by Pamela(AllHoney) (new)

Pamela(AllHoney) Thank you for making such a wonderful site for us to use ☺


message 39: by Mx3 (new)

Mx3 Congratulation. Not sure how I found this site but I'm glad I did. Its become my to site on what books I want to buy.

This is one of a very few sites where I do believe the reviews are real and truthful.


message 40: by Noémie (new)

Noémie Thank you from France! And vive Goodreads! :))


message 41: by MizzSandie (new)

MizzSandie The thank you, is surely mutual!

This is the virtual bookheaven, I was always longing for!

I will continue to spread the word, to all my friends, about how awesome this place is, to keep that member number going up, up, up! :)


message 42: by Todd (new)

Todd Russell Congrats! Thank you for creating and maintaining this site.


message 43: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Congrats and thank you for giving us, readers, a safe place to love our books and share that love.
I hate social media sites but I love Goodreads!


message 44: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra I'm so glad Goodreads is here. I found this site in 6th grade, when I was quite lonely and looking for people to talk to. What better place to talk to bookworms like me than than Goodreads!!!

It was such a blessing for me to join this site, and now I let a single day pass (except for Sunday, maybe, maaaaaaaybeeeee) without checking my groups on Goodreads!

Thanks again, Goodreads team!


message 45: by Cherish (new)

Cherish Thank for all your hard work. I'm not so sure how I was able to find this website, but it had helped me find books to read. Please keep up the good work.


message 46: by Sheila (new)

Sheila Wonderful post, and I have to say, I LOVE the staff photo at the end! Thank YOU Goodreads!


message 47: by Saibal (new)

Saibal Bose awesome site..keep the good work going..best f luk for d future


message 48: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Christmas Until I found Goodreads, I was stuck with no one to share my love for books with and no place to really express it. Thank you so much for making reading easier and more fun now that I can connect with other bibliophiles!


message 49: by Julie (new)

Julie Thank you !!! and congratulations!!!


message 50: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan This has been my favorite online site since I joined in May 2007 as member number 83,445. I'm not surprised it's grown as it has; it's a wonderful place.


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