Use Your Want to Read Shelf to Drop Holiday Hints

Posted by Hayley on November 29, 2018

This post is sponsored by Simon and Schuster.

You hold the gift in your hands, gauging its weight. You imagine the possibilities as your fingers tear into the wrapping paper, casting aside pieces of ribbon and tape, to reveal…

A phone charger. A novelty keychain. Socks.

It's time to face the truth: You're hard to shop for. Your long-suffering friends and family have been forced, once again, to search aimlessly for something, anything, to wrap and hand over.

"You shouldn't have," you say, a little too earnestly, as you glance around for a gift receipt.

There's a better way. This holiday season ensure a merry situation for all by sharing your Want to Read shelf with your loved ones.


Not familiar with your Want to Read shelf? Learn all about it here.

The benefits of sharing your Want to Read shelf:

  • You'll increase your chances of receiving a book—a book!—as a gift.
  • This will be a book you actually want.
  • You'll save your friends and family the headache of wondering what to get you.
  • No guilt! This isn't a phone or a puppy. Books are delightfully affordable treasures, especially if you avoid putting brand-new hardcovers on your list.

To see what's already on your Want to Read shelf, click here.

Wish you could create a new shelf? You can! If your Want to Read shelf is too long or full of books you already own, then custom shelves are the way to go. Find out how to make one here. You can be as creative as you want with the name of your shelf—from Wishlist to Please Buy Me These Books, Billy.

And this bookish strategy works all year long, for birthdays, anniversaries, and every other gift-giving situation. Suggest trading Want to Read shelves with your loved ones who read, and you'll make your shopping easier, too.

We wish you a holiday season (and beyond) full of books, readers!


Have you had success sharing your Want to Read shelf with your friends and family? Tell us about it in the comments!

Check out more recent blogs:
Goodreads Hack: How to Create Custom Bookshelves
Goodreads Hack: The Power of the Want to Read Shelf
Goodreads Hack: Scan a Book Cover!


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message 1: by Sauniell (new)

Sauniell Can someone point out the steps to make it into a registry or are we supposed to figure that out ourselves?


message 2: by Janine (new)

Janine Sauniell wrote: "Can someone point out the steps to make it into a registry or are we supposed to figure that out ourselves?"

I had the same thought. Neat idea though.


message 3: by Jan (new)

Jan Sauniell wrote: "Can someone point out the steps to make it into a registry or are we supposed to figure that out ourselves?"

hahahahaha. I was thinking the same thing.... Great idea, but how the heck do we do it?


message 4: by Eric (new)

Eric Mesa Yeah, I thought because they were owned by Amazon there was a way to turn it into a wishlist. (So that more than one person doesn't get you the same book)


message 5: by Topher (new)

Topher Colin interesting idea for those with small shelves... but my 'want to read' shelf has nearly 12000 items... it's a combination of titles i own but haven't gotten to yet and a few things i'd like to own... but mostly it's a shit-ton of hangers-on that i'm not all that interested in, but they ended up on there because nearly all the giveaway entries on here require the book to be added to that shelf. it's a long slow process to clean things up. probably better to just get me some quality sock yarn or a costco snack pack.


message 6: by Jenyca (new)

Jenyca Holocher Jenyca want to write a book.
can you tell me how to write a book?


message 7: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie A. Yep, I do this -- I've got a "want to own" shelf, mostly to remind myself what to watch for at book sales, but I definitely point people to it if they need ideas. The Want To Read shelf is heavily managed and regularly cleaned up too, but anything that's been on it less than 2 years is more likely something I'll be happy reading once and returning to a library.


message 8: by Tucker (new)

Tucker I actually have a want to own shelf


message 9: by Katt_goddess (new)

Katt_goddess I'm glad they mentioned that some people might already own books in their 'Want To Read' shelf because literally every book I have listed on that shelf is one that is physically staring me in the face even as I'm typing this. :D I'd make a 'Hinty Hint Hint' shelf for such things but I'm so used to just picking something new up when the opportunity arises that such a list would be better off on a piece of scrap paper in my pocket. :D


message 10: by Meghan (new)

Meghan Usually if I want a book, I know which ones I want most off the top of my head, so it's easy to tell the person specifically what they are. Nowadays I'm trying hard to get most of my books from the library in case I might not want to keep them when I'm done reading. For the most part, the books I've been buying are parts of series that I collect.


message 11: by Ankit (new)

Ankit Garg Tucker wrote: "I actually have a want to own shelf"

I have a "want" shelf, which simply contains the books I want to own/read. My "want-to-read" is filled with books that I already own, but haven't gotten around to reading them.


message 12: by Kirsti (new)

Kirsti I usually go on Book depository, make a wishlist of say 50 or 60 books. Then give that list to immediate family. They all work out together which ones they'll get, and it's still a surprise because my list is so big I don't know what I'm going to get haha. Otherwise I get books I already own, or worse, books I've read and hated. If it helps in return I always ask people what they'd like too xD


message 13: by Reem (new)

Reem Alshehri That really wonderful idea ,but I’m not sure that will work to me because I’m the only one in my family that read books


message 14: by Georgina (new)

Georgina I have a ton of books on my Amazon wish list, but this usually results in receiving Amazon gift cards. Which is fine; because no one ever buys used books as gifts, but that's what I buy with my Amazon card. I can get several books for the same price as one new book.....it's the only way I'll ever finish my "to read" shelf.


message 15: by Veronica (new)

Veronica Hewston There is no share option


message 16: by ▪Heather▪ (new)

▪Heather▪ Here's a workaround since a share button isn’t available. In the My Books tab, if you click on Import and Export under the Tools section on the left, it will give you an option to export your entire library to an excel file. You can sort by the Exclusive Shelf and delete anything that’s not on the to-read shelf.


message 17: by Carole (last edited Dec 05, 2018 06:29PM) (new)

Carole Francis-McGann I want t see some older books on the list eg by Ethel M Dell, Marie Corelli and Florence Barclay.


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