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Goodreads 2012 By the Numbers: An Infographic

Posted by Patrick on December 27, 2012 175283



It's been a big year for Goodreads. Not only did we double in size—from 6.5 million members to more than 13 million—we saw our members pass a major milestone: 20 million reviews written. To celebrate, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the big books and events from the year on Goodreads. What were the most-reviewed books? What books did book clubs love? Who were the quotable authors? Our year-in-review infographic has all this and more!

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message 1: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Guys, I think you wanted to say "Felicia Day's Vaginal Fantasy"...


message 2: by Stacey (new)

Stacey (prettybooks) Congratulations, Goodreads!

I really need to pick up Gone Girl...


Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways Hey Dan! Come look at this!


message 4: by ♡Karlyn P♡ (new)

♡Karlyn P♡ I've been here since 2008, and I've loved seeing the growth. It validates what i knew back then, that this place is the ultimate home for book aficionados. I've made some great friendships, discovered some amazing authors, and reviewed nearly 500 books as a result. Congrats to all of your success.


message 5: by Maureen (last edited Dec 27, 2012 10:23AM) (new)

Maureen "reviewers" is spelled wrong ("v" and "i" transposed) in the last header regarding the selection of popular reviewers of the year.


message 6: by Claire (new)

Claire Awesome!


message 7: by Matīss (new)

Matīss Yeah! Stephen writes the best reviews!


message 8: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer I love GOODREADS!!!


message 9: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Goodreads is a fun force in my life!


message 10: by Cassaundra Aunna (new)

Cassaundra Aunna Congrats Goodreads! Good to see the community growing. :) I put "Gone Girl" on hold at my local library!


message 11: by Mette (new)

Mette Goodreads is so good for us book lovers :)


message 12: by Bill (new)

Bill misinfographic: the ratio of the areas of the circles is NOT 6.5:13


message 13: by Nicole (new)

Nicole So proud of John Green, this has been an extraordinary year for him and for Nerdfighters. Best wishes!


message 14: by K (new)

K ✩ I'm in love with john green!!!!! :(


message 15: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Stacey wrote: "Congratulations, Goodreads!

I really need to pick up Gone Girl..."


I could not put it down! Best book of the year!


message 16: by K (new)

K ✩ Charlotte wrote: "Stacey wrote: "Congratulations, Goodreads!

I really need to pick up Gone Girl..."

I could not put it down! Best book of the year!"


!! on my to-read-soon shelf now


message 17: by Renae (new)

Renae Valadez Personally, I've tired to read my books and magazines on one of the electronic devices..... It just did not feel right. So now I am back to holding and actually smelling the ink!!!!!


message 18: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Congratulations Goodreads ... I love this website, it is amazing, fun, and intellectual, and quite addictive. Kudos to all involved.


message 19: by Sheri (new)

Sheri Richey I prefer to hold the book also!


message 20: by Laura (new)

Laura Sims Congrats, GoodReads! :)


message 21: by Swee (new)

Swee Hey, I'm one of them. Hahaha


message 22: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Awesome!!! Doubling your membership this year :). It's nice to know that so many people read and so many different subjects and genres. It really does "take you away" to a different place for a while and so relaxing!


message 23: by Pamela (new)

Pamela I was impresed to se that Junot Diaz was one of the most populat author interviewed, that is great to know since I am from DR, it makes me feel proud to know that.


message 24: by Debbie (new)

Debbie I love Goodreads!!


message 25: by Trisha (new)

Trisha Ohhh, congrats Dan for making the reviewer spotlight! :)


message 26: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent Trisha wrote: "Ohhh, congrats Dan for making the reviewer spotlight! :)"

Thanks!


message 27: by Julie (new)

Julie I'm guessing that's why the site was funky alot this year....the immense growth. Actually I thought that might be the case. It's nice to have it confirmed. It's a great website. I only have three websites I check every day...Facebook, Pinterest and Goodreads. So thanks.


Lianne (The Towering Pile) Lavoie Bill wrote: "misinfographic: the ratio of the areas of the circles is NOT 6.5:13"

Exactly what I was gonna comment! If you're going to include images, please make them accurate. Anyway, 6.5 to 13 million is still an impressive jump, without having to make it look bigger.


message 29: by Elaine (last edited Dec 28, 2012 05:40AM) (new)

Elaine I've been here since 2008! 4 years!
I couldn't even believe it till I double checked my profile. I'm awfully proud of this little (now huge, I believe) community and I hope it continues to flourish.


message 30: by Sam (new)

Sam Hamadeh FYI Private Company Financial Report: Goodreads found here (from PrivCo....looks like Goodreads is growing, hiring, raising venture capital money. Life is good!)
http://www.privco.com/private-company...


message 31: by Angela (new)

Angela Love the infographic! Mind sharing the brillant typefaces used here?


message 32: by Jason (new)

Jason Yay! I love you Goodread's. :)


message 33: by Abhishek (new)

Abhishek Kumar Keep growing goodreads :)


message 34: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Griffin Why did Stephen stop posting?


message 35: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Good job! Don't worry about the editing... Big readers are natural editors! LOL


message 36: by John (new)

John Mcduffie Sweet! Our little Goodreads is growing up *hold tear back*


message 37: by Shawn (new)

Shawn Bill wrote: "misinfographic: the ratio of the areas of the circles is NOT 6.5:13"

+1


message 38: by Becky (new)

Becky Goodreads, do a book club pick for 2013!!


message 39: by Jemima (new)

Jemima Pett Thanks for being here, Goodreads!


message 40: by Lisa (new)

Lisa What a great infographic! Way to go Goodreads!


message 41: by David (new)

David Sage Great graphic! Has anyone actually read all 23 thousand reviews of Gone Girl? Let me throw in another one: "great until the last twenty pages".


message 42: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Woodford Renae wrote: "Personally, I've tired to read my books and magazines on one of the electronic devices..... It just did not feel right. So now I am back to holding and actually smelling the ink!!!!!"

I am with you Renae. But the kindle gives me freedom from storing books, taking them back to the library etc. I never thought I would be a techie reader as I am a book nut. Btw I pine for a trip to the library it is way overdue.


message 43: by Katharine (new)

Katharine I'm a little dismayed to find out that the Dealbreakers list exists, and more so to learn that it's popular - yes, by all means, let's each do our individual part to increase the divisions between us, rather than getting to know one another. Let's do everything we can to perpetuate confirmation bias and isolation. /sarcasm

I know someone's going to say "Why waste the time getting to know someone who likes that book?" I'd say, "Why do you assume that someone who likes that book is a waste of your time?"

I've never read Twilight (top of that list at the time of this writing), and it's probable that I never will, but that doesn't mean that someone who likes it might not have other wonderful characteristics. He or she might make fantastic pickles, or have a great singing voice, or something else entirely.

Lighten up, you're thinking? Sure. I can get that hatred of Twilight is sort of hatred in jest, more of the eye-rolling sort, but what about those who have voted for political books? That seems pretty serious to me, given the partisan divide in the US. How is it a good thing for us to stop listening to one another?

That's a list on which I'll never vote. I prefer to focus on what we have in common - things that unite us. And even if you've voted on that list, or support it, I'm glad to meet you -- it's not a "dealbreaker" for me. We might not have that list in common, but it's possible we have something else that qualifies as common ground. :)


message 44: by Asphodel (new)

Asphodel Sternberg I miss the Bookswap!!!
But other than that- love this site.


message 45: by Shakil (new)

Shakil Thasariya Congratulations Goodreads ... I love this website, it is amazing, fun, and intellectual, and quite addictive. Kudos to all involved.
2014


message 47: by Brian Forbes (new)

Brian Forbes http://www.goodreads.com/quotes_of_th... / http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...

So is Hans Christian Anderson “Dutch” or “Danish?”

That is, of course, a rhetorical question :-)


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