A Life in Books: Share Your Reading History on Facebook Timeline

Posted by Patrick Brown on February 03, 2012
Now you can showcase your entire reading history—all of your books and reviews—with Goodreads for Facebook Timeline. Our members are already using Goodreads to post what they've read and are currently reading, their reviews, progress updates, and quotes to Timeline. When we launched two weeks ago, Facebook only allowed new books to post, and Goodreads members quickly added more than one and a half million books!

Part of the joy of Goodreads is the ability to look back at what you've read over the years, and now Goodreads for Facebook Timeline allows you to share that experience. Pair your online world with your most meaningful books—from the books you loved as a child to your latest literary obsession. You'll see fun reading statistics for each month and year: How many pages did you read in January? Did you read more books in 2010 or 2011? Watch your read count grow in 2012. It's yet another way to highlight something dear to you, your books.


Goodreads for Facebook Timeline will show you which books you've read each month and year, as well as statistics for your entire reading history.


Remember the books you brought with you on that unforgettable trip?


Match books with the most important moments of your life.


You can post your entire reading history to Timeline in just a few clicks! To get started, click the link below:

Try Goodreads for Facebook Timeline and add your books.


You can also add Timeline whenever you're ready from the apps tab in the "my account" section. You can post all of your books, or customize your Timeline to show only the books you've rated or read by clicking "expand list" on the Add Books page.

To help get you comfortable on Timeline as quickly and as easily as possible, we've created this handy list of Frequently Asked Questions. Also, we welcome your feedback as we continue to develop and improve Goodreads for Facebook Timeline. Your ideas and comments are important to us, so please help us make this the best product we can! Of course, if you have a question and you don't see it answered in our FAQ, feel free to contact us.

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Does it only show the default covers of books, and not the edition you have?


message 2: by Anirban (new)

Anirban Bandopadhyay Everything in detail or just pictures?


message 3: by Yesenia (new)

Yesenia Olivo Vladan wrote: "Kairi wrote: "Does it only show the default covers of books, and not the edition you have?"

This actually bugs me a lot. I don't want to post on Facebook that I read an English edition - I read the one in my language..."


I agree completely. While the correct edition does appear in my bookshelves, it switches to an English edition when it's posted on the Timeline.


message 4: by Josh (new)

Josh I have yet to see any xx Books Read stats since the first day I added the Goodreads app to my Timeline... is this determined algorithmically as well?


message 5: by Chris (new)

Chris Thanks for providing this capability!

Question: When I add the books, not all with finish dates get added. Here is the screen message: "The Books with Finish Dates [?](520 books) Add to Timeline 436 books added" Why don't they all get added? I tried three times.


message 6: by Patrick, Product Manager (new)

Patrick Brown Chris wrote: "Thanks for providing this capability!

Question: When I add the books, not all with finish dates get added. Here is the screen message: "The Books with Finish Dates [?](520 books) Add to Timeline 4..."


It may take a few tries before all the books load. Not sure exactly why that's the case, but it seems to be how it's working.


message 7: by Chris (new)

Chris Any idea why the total book count and number of pages read are not showing on the monthly and yearly summaries?


message 8: by Kara (new)

Kara Chris wrote: "Any idea why the total book count and number of pages read are not showing on the monthly and yearly summaries?"

I'll have someone look into that.


message 9: by Beckie (new)

Beckie My books haven't updated for weeks on my Timeline. It still shows I am reading 11/22/63 and I finished that mid January, and have since read a few other books which aren't showing up at all.


message 10: by Kara (new)

Kara Beckie wrote: "My books haven't updated for weeks on my Timeline. It still shows I am reading 11/22/63 and I finished that mid January, and have since read a few other books which aren't showing up at all."

Sorry about that. Have you made a status update in any of the new books you've been reading? Did you apply a "date read" to the ones you've finished?


message 11: by Dan (new)

Dan Also annoyed about the wrong editions coming up on my timeline - instead of the nice covers I get some random one from another country, if anyone hovers over 'Before I Go To Sleep' on my timeline they get "La habitación me resulta extraña. Desconocida. No sé dónde estoy ni cómo he llegado hasta aquí. No sé cómo voy a volver a casa... Chri..."


message 12: by Chris (new)

Chris Dan wrote: "Also annoyed about the wrong editions coming up on my timeline - instead of the nice covers I get some random one from another country, if anyone hovers over 'Before I Go To Sleep' on my timeline t..."

Same with me. I spend much time scanning and uploading covers for the books I read, many older first-editions. I can only hope that GR will fix this issue at some point.


message 13: by Beckie (new)

Beckie Kara wrote: "Beckie wrote: "My books haven't updated for weeks on my Timeline. It still shows I am reading 11/22/63 and I finished that mid January, and have since read a few other books which aren't showing u..."

I haven't made status updates other than adding the new books to my 'currently reading' section. I do have date read for all of my completed books, by year.

Now, I have a different log-in for Goodreads and Facebook, but they are linked. I do see some activity on my timeline, but like I said, nothing has updated since January 18th or 19th.


message 14: by Kara (last edited Feb 06, 2012 04:55PM) (new)

Kara Beckie wrote: "Kara wrote: "Beckie wrote: "My books haven't updated for weeks on my Timeline. It still shows I am reading 11/22/63 and I finished that mid January, and have since read a few other books which are..."

Do you see anything in your Activity Log since 1/19? I asked a developer about the "currently reading" section being "stuck" and we figured out what went wrong. We're adding something that should make it update more often. It should be released soon.

Dan wrote: "Also annoyed about the wrong editions coming up on my timeline - instead of the nice covers I get some random one from another country, if anyone hovers over 'Before I Go To Sleep' on my timeline t..."

That's actually intended behavior. We switch to the most popular edition to help Facebook make interesting connections between users. For example, if you and your friend Mark were both reading "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, you would both see it on your News Feed. We think such connections have the potential to be really interesting and valuable (impromptu book club?). If the editions were not the same, it would be much harder for Facebook to detect.

However, we have received a few complaints about this. We're researching how we might be able to show the cover image for your edition or somehow link back to the your edition, despite this. In any case, thanks for reporting.


message 15: by Dan (new)

Dan Thanks for prompt feedback, I have noticed a few others complaining about the same thing. I can see the thinking behind the most popular edition of the book, but when it happens that the one that shows up is one in a completely different language, it isn't very useful. And quite frankly some of the international covers for some of the books on my shelf are rather bad :p


message 16: by 7hir7een (new)

7hir7een I have yet to see a "Books Read" __ books ___ pages section on my timeline on the timeline or app page itself. Any possible fixes in the works for that?

On a more positive note, thanks for allowing us to add our past books! I really wanted to add my stuff from 2011.

I look forward to having my timeline resemble the demo pictures.


message 17: by Riku (new)

Riku Sayuj Kara wrote: "Chris wrote: "Any idea why the total book count and number of pages read are not showing on the monthly and yearly summaries?"

I'll have someone look into that."


any update on this?


message 18: by Judyta (new)

Judyta Szaciłło First of all, I wanted to say that I am really happy to see the option of adding older books to FB timeline so quickly! It is still plenty of glitches, but I hope these will disappear in time. I would love to be able to see my goodreads box in the way the demo pictures look like. The problems I still have are: no info on currently reading shelf displayed, and no numbers in monthly/yearly summaries.


message 19: by Beckie (new)

Beckie Do you see anything in your Activity Log since 1/19? I asked a developer about the "currently reading" section being "stuck" and we figured out what went wrong. We're adding something that should make it update more often. It should be released soon.

It shows two books that I started reading, but not that I finished one of them, and that I made progress on another (but doesn't show I started reading it), and that progress shows only because you asked if I had made any status updates, so I tested it. I went and said that I was on page# of page#, and that showed up. So since the 19 there have been 8 posts, but there should be more.

Stuck is exactly what seems to be happening, and I look forward to that fix. I do love that we can see Goodreads on the Timeline!


message 20: by Judyta (new)

Judyta Szaciłło Kara wrote: "That's actually intended behavior. We switch to the most popular edition to help Facebook make interesting connections between users."

I have just added a book to my to-read shelf, 'The Egyptian' by Mika Waltari, and guess what - the most popular edition is in Persian! So I have a Persian title displayed on my timeline. Believe me, I won't make any interesting connections with other users basing on this title ;-)


message 21: by Chris (new)

Chris This is ridiculous, and I am seeing the same behavior with many of the books I have read. Some of mine now show the Italian edition. And these are not obscure European texts, but books published first in English. This makes no sense. When a GR user takes the trouble to associate his reading with a specific edition, and often uploads the correct cover edition and adds the other edition details, it is essential that GR preserve his edition choice! To do otherwise is to diesrespect those dedicated GR users.

GR priorities are wrong here: 1) First, never change what a user enters - imagine if FB censored or otherwise changed what someone posted; and 2) When you can assure GR users that what they "post" is secure and inviolate, then figure out how to foster "connections" between users.


message 22: by Riku (new)

Riku Sayuj Chris wrote: "This is ridiculous, and I am seeing the same behavior with many of the books I have read. Some of mine now show the Italian edition. And these are not obscure European texts, but books published fi..."

and you are refusing a chance for other editions to become 'popular'


message 23: by Chris (new)

Chris Huh? I'm not "refusing" anything. All I want is that the EXACT edition which I read, including the EXACT cover image which I scanned from the REAL book and uploaded with the EXACT descrition which I composed and entered, is what GR displays in my publically-viewable list of "books read" in GR and more importantly, on FB. These are my public interfaces to what I read and GR needs to show what I entered. I am not at all interested in "popularity", whatever that means.


message 24: by Alison (new)

Alison It still seems somewhat hit-or-miss whether updates show up in the timeline app. I just had to edit my currently reading review in order to finally get it to show up in the timeline feature, even though I'd added the book a couple days ago. I'm not sure if these glitches are on Goodreads' end or Facebook's but I do hope they can get smoothed out soon. I'm not thrilled with the timeline app as it is, since it seems it no longer posts what you're reading to your friends' feeds (which was the main reason I had linked GR and FB, to show what I was reading...how many of us actually regularly check people's FB pages rather than just our news feeds?) so additional bugs and problems are really frustrating.


message 25: by Patricia (new)

Patricia The latest update that shows on my timeline is 7 books ago (Jan 31st). I've tried removing/adding the app, changing my settings, etc. but the display stays the same.


message 26: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I had to disable linking Goodreads to Facebook because I don't have Timeline yet and don't want it and now you require it.


message 27: by Dave (new)

Dave Emmett Is it possible to show books that were read before Timeline existed? From the other comments here it sounds like you can, but I can't figure out how to get that set up...


message 28: by Andrew (new)

Andrew When I update the status on a book I am currently reading the 'Sync to' is only showing Twitter. The Facebook icon no longer appears and any updates I do to a book's 'Pages Read' are no longer showing up in my Timeline. When will the 'Sync to FB' be available again?


message 29: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Wilkins Piggybacking on Chris' issue - I noticed the "stats" feature for the first time last week, and noticed the number of books I "read" as much lower than I remembered. It turns out that if you don't give them a specific date that you finished them, even if you post a review, they don't count as "read." Is there any way to select a group of books at a time and mark them all as "finished" or do I have to go in and put a finish date on each one individually? Please advise, thanks!


message 30: by Shelby (new)

Shelby Does it make a difference if I had the Goodreads app connected with my facebook account long before timeline was introduced? The app seems to have changed a lot, yet my older goodreads posts still seem to be in the older app format (i.e. saying "via goodreads" along the bottom, not just "goodreads" along the top. Sorry if I didn't explain that clearly enough, it's difficult to convey without pictures.


message 31: by Susabelle (new)

Susabelle Kelmer NO NO NO A thousand times NO!!

I am NOT putting all of my various activities on the web on facebook. If I want to share activities, I will share activities directly, but I will NOT give ANY website carte blanch to post whatever they want on my facebook page or anywhere else. It's the same thing Spotify tried to do, it's the same thing many news website are trying to do by forcing you to use your facebook login and profile to use their forums or commenting features.

Facebook has its place, but I refuse to use it as my singular identity. Too much power and control in the hands of ONE place, and I don't need that in my life.

At least you are giving me the choice to connect, or not. I choose to NOT connect. I hope you keep that option available for people.


message 32: by Becky (new)

Becky I thought this sounded really good. So I tried it. I have around 13 thousand books on my timeline. I had notifications popping up every second and I was really fed up as it was blocking the screen in the middle as well, so I logged out after a while. I came back in and all were added (I THINK). But then I find the app has REMOVED 99.9% of all my status updates this month! There is absolutely no more record of them! A convo I had with a girl today is GONE completely gone. Not to mention, all the thousands of books I added have hogged up my 'activity' timeline. So I have to click a setting to look at 'status updates' etc. Where did my status updates go from this month??!??!

It also says on the app my 'most read authors' are with 2 books or 1. For Jacqueline Wilson, it says she is one of my 'most read authors' for ONE book, but I have read THREE of hers! There are some other Authors for 1 or 2 books as well, which is really strange as I'm sure I have read more than one of them and have read more from other Authors?

What to do?! I'm really upset I lost a convo I had with a girl today and also all my game statuses and achievement posts etc.

Anyway to remove the app? And will my statuses come back? :(


message 33: by Becky (new)

Becky Please reply to me if anyone has lost lots of status updates and posts like I have when using this app and anything else strange I have just mentioned.


message 34: by Laura (new)

Laura How can I get my CURRENTLY READING list to show on my Facebook page? I don't see that section at all, let alone an option to have that be my default display.


message 35: by Kenny (new)

Kenny I've posted all my books to timeline. However, I can't wrap my head around the Most Read Authors count on timeline. I have 3 Suzanne Collins books on my read shelf (The Hunger Games trilogy books), however, it says I have read 5 books from her. Hmmm. And I can't get the number of books and pages read to show on the "All-Time" list on the Timeline.


message 36: by Kara (new)

Kara Becky wrote: "I thought this sounded really good. So I tried it. I have around 13 thousand books on my timeline. I had notifications popping up every second and I was really fed up as it was blocking the screen ..."

Becky, I'm really sorry to hear those status updates are missing. Just so you know, we have absolutely no power over the updates of other apps on Facebook. We can't remove them on our end. My best guess is that since so many updates from Goodreads were sent, Facebook began to prioritize us over your other apps. Can you find the other updates in your Activity Log?


message 37: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Nothing is showing up now. Removing the app. Love the idea if you can get it working.


message 38: by Kenneth (new)

Kenneth Funk Wow, good thing I decided to read through the comments before getting entangled with this app.


message 39: by Anirban (new)

Anirban Bandopadhyay It sucks!!!did everything methodically but GOSH!!! Nothing is appearing on my timeline...dunno why.Crosschecked at least for 5 times.I wanted to kiss this thing but now its the time to kick it. ><


message 40: by Chris (new)

Chris Goodreads staff: Do you want feedback on the Facebook integration from us dedicated and active Goodreads users?

If so, what is the best way for us to interact with you?


message 41: by Kara (new)

Kara Chris wrote: "Goodreads staff: Do you want feedback on the Facebook integration from us dedicated and active Goodreads users?

If so, what is the best way for us to interact with you?"


Yes, of course. We try our best to keep up with comments like these, but the best avenue is probably our support email address - support (at) goodreads (dot) com.


message 42: by Anirban (new)

Anirban Bandopadhyay Timeline & Goodreads - these two need a operation theater right now.


message 43: by Riku (new)

Riku Sayuj Chris wrote: "Huh? I'm not "refusing" anything. All I want is that the EXACT edition which I read, including the EXACT cover image which I scanned from the REAL book and uploaded with the EXACT descrition which ..."

i was supporting your argument :)


message 44: by Chris (new)

Chris Riku wrote: "Chris wrote: "Huh? I'm not "refusing" anything. All I want is that the EXACT edition which I read, including the EXACT cover image which I scanned from the REAL book and uploaded with the EXACT des..."

Oh ... I need to calm down lol


message 45: by Riku (new)

Riku Sayuj Chris wrote: "Riku wrote: "Chris wrote: "Huh? I'm not "refusing" anything. All I want is that the EXACT edition which I read, including the EXACT cover image which I scanned from the REAL book and uploaded with ..."

It is entirely understandable.

The staff at goodreads do not seem to understand how important books are to their users - and how important exact control over our books are.

We dont want random covers, we dont want unpredictable updates, we dont want wrong info about books read or about frequent authors. We dont want our comments deleted, we dont want 'read on goodreads' when we read on our kindle or from an actual book; and people getting confused if goodreads is a reading platform. We dont need reviews and updates with precious conversations disappearing and we dont want it to stop and start working with no warning whatsoever.

What we need is an app that just works and allows us to get on with our reading and sharing it with interested people.


message 46: by Kara (last edited Feb 10, 2012 11:46AM) (new)

Kara Riku, we do understand how important books are to our users - and we want to create the best possible experience! We are doing our best to commit improvements to the app based on all of your feedback. Thank you for your patience.


message 47: by Gabbie (new)

Gabbie Vladan wrote: "Kairi wrote: "Does it only show the default covers of books, and not the edition you have?"

This actually bugs me a lot. I don't want to post on Facebook that I read an English edition - I read th..."


If you enter it by the ISBN number usually it gives you the version that you've read. I've found that only if it's a really old copy of the book and you enter that ISBN then sometimes the cover has been updated.


message 48: by Ozum (new)

Ozum Another problem is that, if I add a book as 'read' it just doesn't appear on my FB timeline as finished.
Also I've finished 4 book in January but it just doesn't show which books I've finished. It shows the books I've tagged as 'to-read'.
Hopefully these glitches will be resolved soon.. I also use pinterest and it's very quick to add stuff to my timeline.


message 49: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Just wanted to report that some progress is being made. While my books were going to the Timeline easily enough, I wasn't getting any of those nice monthly and annual summaries. I just checked again this morning, and those summaries are starting to appear. Thank you!


message 50: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Kenneth wrote: "Wow, good thing I decided to read through the comments before getting entangled with this app."

Yikes, yeah.


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