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 351-400 of 484) (484 new)


message 351: by Jerome (new)

Jerome Goodreads is awesome. Thanks everybody and congrats!


message 352: by Susana (new)

Susana Congrats!!!! I knew Goodreads would be a blast :D Is my favorite website in the entire world and I'm sure you'll continue to grow and grow.


message 353: by Kay (new)

Kay Congratulations on this tremendous milestone!


message 354: by David (new)

David Goodreads is one fantastic web site. It's the only web site that I visit absolutely every day. Thank you--and congratulations!


message 355: by Sara (new)

Sara Awesome! I have branched my reading in more ways than I ever thought possible because of Goodreads. I have also made some wonderful friends through the site that are now RL friends. Thank you!


message 356: by Lacey (new)

Lacey Congrats and thank you guys for making a great website! Of course so many books and so little time as they say lol


message 357: by Aimee (new)

Aimee Thank you! I love everything about goodreads from the reviews to the discussions and groups. Congratulations! :)


message 358: by Charles (new)

Charles Stone Great, I, for one, hit this site more than Facebook.


message 359: by Terri (new)

Terri Big Congrats to Goodreads staffs for all your hard work through the years. I came year after its start out. I thank you for keep me remind of what books I have read all my life. it is such good memory of what books I read since I was very young. You all did great job doing this. Keep up a gooood work!


message 360: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Doherty I love Goodreads! Thank you!


message 361: by Sara (new)

Sara I love love love GoodReads! I often refer to this site as "my Facebook" as I will have Goodreads up way more often--looking for recommendations, updating my Reading Challenge, looking for book club books, etc.

I love the GoodReads widget which is on my blog.
I love the add Review to Blog feature.
I love the REAL TIME Reading Challenge!
I use the Recommendations pages often.

Soon I hope to have a copy of the messages that I send out to the Group as the Monitor for my book club!

Thanks so much, you are getting better and BETTER!


message 362: by Faith Noelle (new)

 Faith Noelle Smith This is so amazing. You guy and what you do is amazng.Thank you so much. Love y'all.


message 363: by guiltlessreader (new)

guiltlessreader Congratulations! And I can't find words to express just how much I HEART GoodReads :) More power!


message 364: by Khadija (new)

Khadija aww!! that's amazing!! and i think we shud thank u even for comin up with Goodreads, THANK U!! ad congratulations!! this message really made me happy!


message 365: by Lady Belinda (new)

Lady Belinda Congratulations and Thank You!


message 366: by Abbie (new)

Abbie Goodreads is AWESOME! Congratulations, you guys! Best of luck for the coming years :))


message 367: by Chris (new)

Chris THANK YOU GOODREADS for inspiring me to read more books! CHEERS!


message 368: by Iman (new)

Iman Thank you for the great work done by everyone! I enjoy being on Goodreads and I have recommended to all of my friends; and I insisted that all the members of my Book Club use this site!
Keep it up :)


message 369: by Shals (new)

Shals I love this site...I experienced facebook burnout recently and deleted my account. Goodreads is so much more to me because reading is my passion. I like that it's social networking with a purpose. Congrats!


message 370: by Barbara ★ (new)

Barbara ★ Thanks for providing the engine that allows me to keep track of my reading. Boy do I wish this was around sooner so I could get a real picture of the number of books I've read. I'm on Goodreads 4+ hours each and every day! I don't know what I would do if it disappeared...except cry.

Thanks for saving my sanity!


Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥ Thank you Goodreads!


message 372: by Emma (new)

Emma Congratulations! So amazing this site has come a long way!


message 373: by Eden (new)

Eden First, congratulations! 10 million members, that is really great.

And second, thank you. I love Goodreads. I've been on here since 2009 and I recommend it to everyone who I know that loves books and reading as much as I do.


message 374: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Doherty Love you, Goodreads! Thank you!


message 375: by Vesra (new)

Vesra (When She Reads) Thank you and congrats! You guys have been awesome. With this site I am glad to see reading is not a dying trend in this world. Thank you again.


message 376: by Hannah (new)

Hannah This is my favourite site:) Congratulations!


message 377: by Tammy (new)

Tammy I love your site <3


message 378: by Rob (new)

Rob Thank you Goodreads team. Hands down, the best social site on the web. Simple/clean UI and very focused functionality. Every book-reader should be on it!


message 379: by Penn (new)

Penn I love Goodreads!!! It made me fall in love with my books all over again. Thank you!! Congratulations and MORE POWER!!


message 380: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Stephan You're phenomenal! Keep up the great work.


message 381: by JazzyJams (new)

JazzyJams Goodreads is awesome! I only discovered it a couple months ago, but I love it! Being able to track the books I've read is motivating... Anyway, thank you for all your hard work!

PS. I liked the thing with the books :)


message 382: by Danielle (new)

Danielle This is amazing! So happy for you and for us as readers! You truly have changed the way readers can interact with their own personal library and being an organized soul it has taken some of the stress off of actually trying to "keep it all together"! I love this team and have recommended this website to a BUNCH of my friends and they are also amazed. I even demonstrated the Goodreads app to some customers at a store where I volunteer at part-time (the store sells houseware items) and they were so excited! (sorry store I sold the wrong product LOL).

Keep up the good work!


message 383: by Abby (last edited Aug 13, 2012 07:17PM) (new)

Abby Congratulations! I have came across this site by just browsing and I am glad I did! This site had been very valuable in my life. I could not thank you enough for coming up with this great idea of sharing books and reviews with book lovers around the world!


message 384: by Deborah (new)

Deborah No thank you!!! With Good Reads I have found books that I would never have tried otherwise. Several of my friends through Facebook use your site which makes You All invaluable!!!! Congratulations to you!!!!


message 385: by themikko (new)

themikko I have been hanging around Goodreads for a year without an account. Sucks why I didn't make one sooner. Hahaha


message 386: by Tezar (last edited Aug 13, 2012 07:35PM) (new)

Tezar Yulianto congratz for Goodreads.com and Otis.


message 387: by ✿Sandra (new)

✿Sandra Thank you for this awesome site and congratulations!


message 388: by Kayla (new)

Kayla Humphreys Thank YOU for deciding to launch this website. It has made my life in literature so much easier and a blast!


message 389: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Thank you!!! For creating such a wonderful book website where I can indulge my passion for books. Last year it really made my day when I first found this site. Congrats that all your hard work has turned into something wonderful and I love the thank you written in books at the end :)


message 390: by Juliana (new)

Juliana Chen Thank You Goodreads, for being one of my best friends on the net.. since we both love books so much.
Congratulation for growing members.. I believe there will be more members to come.. Cheers...


message 391: by Hidayat K. (new)

Hidayat K. Congrats and THANK YOU for the hard work Goodreads Team!! It's what people consider as a "killer app".. er... website. I've been using it for several years to update, read reviews and choose my next books. I travel alot so always spend down time listening to audiobooks on my little mp3 player. Great way to emerse my love of books and use Goodreads.com to update. A great match for me and I'm sure for yourcurrently 10 million users.


message 392: by Ronnell (new)

Ronnell The recommendation engine is the most valuable resource to me thus far :). Thank you Goodreads!


message 393: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte the Dessert Witch It's amazing how many members Goodreads has now! :O


message 394: by Allegra (new)

Allegra thank you goodreads! This site has allowed me to find great new books in my favorite genres and discuss interesting topics in those books - something I can never get enough of!

One suggestion: allow a way for a book to be both in a read and currently reading shelf for books that we have read before and are reading again!


message 395: by Maryam (new)

Maryam Thanks! I love Goodreads and I don't know what I'd do without it!


message 396: by Lori (new)

Lori I love Goodreads and don't know how far my love of books would ever have come if it weren't for this site!

This is where I made contact with an author for the very first time. This is where I met my very first group of serious bookish friends. And this is where I cultivated my very first book discussion group.

This is where my passion for books truly took on a life of its own.

Thank you Otis and Elizabeth, for all that you've done and all that you continue to do to make this site so special!

You've made reading cool!!!!!


message 397: by E. (new)

E. Van Thank you Patrick and Elizabeth. I joined Goodreads in 2009. Since then you have become the most important part of my book loving community. You are AWESOME! Happy ten million. I look forward to the next ten million and beyond.


message 398: by Rike' (new)

Rike' Thank you! I'm always telling my friends about Goodreads because it's so amazing! I just wish I discovered it much sooner.


message 399: by Anne (new)

Anne Murugayah Congratulations and Thank you!!!
Reading has been my passion for as long as I can remember. It has always been difficult for me to keep track of the books I have read, the ones I like and the ones I would like to read.
So the day I found Goodreads was a great day indeed. I absolutely love this site.
Thank you so for the beautiful site.


message 400: by ♥Meaty♥ (new)

♥Meaty♥ Thank you for bringing me goodreads! I love it, and if I knew about it would've joined alot sooner. Congrats to the goodreads staff!


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