21 Ways You Know You're a Goodreads Member

Posted by Hayley on May 30, 2015


Your family and friends have noticed. Once upon a time, your love of books may have been confined to the page, but these days, you just can't keep it in—and why should you? It’s way more fun to geek out about books on Goodreads.

Last week we asked you to complete this sentence: You know you're a Goodreads member when... Today we've got your top answers! Anything sound familiar, bookworms?


1. You press "g" in your web browser, and instead of Google, the first option in autofill is always Goodreads. (Raphaela Pappa)

2. Your husband looks at you funny when you give him 4 out of 5 stars after he's done mowing the lawn. (Elizabeth)

3. You get a rush when your next to-read book is in your hands. (Shannon Ireland)

4. You walk through the library with your phone out, comparing the physical shelves to your "to-read" shelf. (Valerie Martillini)

5. You ask people if they are on Goodreads before asking if they are on Facebook or Twitter. (Amy Vandefifer)

6. For every one book you read, five more are added to your stack. (Rhonda Ruff)

7. You spend more time updating your reading status and reading other updates and reviews than actually reading. (Cora Linn)

8. When you don't need a bookmark—you just check your Goodreads progress. (Rebecca Randolph)

9. You spend a whole evening scanning your bookshelf contents with your phone so your real books match your 'read' list. (Gael Hewitt)

10. The minute you turn the final page, you immediately open Goodreads to log it as read and give it some stars. So satisfying! (Janna Katz).

11. You recommend all your books to your friends and then smile when you see the same book pop up on THEIR to-read lists! (Allison Moody Woods)

12. Your reading challenge starts to resemble Hal 9000 because you are so far behind on it. (Eoin Brady)

13. Your friends check your Goodreads profile for gift-giving purposes. (Angie Lisle)

14. You hear a good quote and immediately hope it's on Goodreads so you can add it to your collection. (Vanade)

15. You buy books only after reading your friends' reviews. (Carole Peterson Bishop)

16. You check your Goodreads more than your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. (Avery Amsterdam Stuckey)

17. You tend to skip books with less than a 3.7 review on Goodreads. (Kathryn Asinobi Fertal)

18. You obsess over your shelves and how you want them to be so you change them over and over and over. (Lynn Price)

19. You get a rush using the Scan Barcode feature on your Goodreads App. (Jake Christensen)

20. You make sure you turn your sound off on your phone so nobody hears the chime of you scanning books in the library or bookstore. (James Cantu)

21. You know your to-read shelf will take longer to get through than you will possibly live! But that's okay! (Shelly Tracy Gilliland)


What makes YOU a Goodreads member?

Comments Showing 1-50 of 265 (265 new)


message 1: by Bara (new)

Bara 10 and 11 are so true. :D


message 2: by Sedoo (new)

Sedoo Ashivor 17, that's sooo me!


message 3: by Selene (last edited May 30, 2015 05:49AM) (new)

Selene 6 is basically me. And... well, I've tried 1.
7, 9 and 10 go good with me, too.
...
...
Lets recognise it, I'm an actual bookworm obsessed with Goodreads. But it's all okay.


message 4: by Jolene (last edited May 30, 2015 05:48AM) (new)

Jolene This is awesome!
I have 1, 5, 7 and 10 a lot!
When I like a book I always only read the good reviews because I don't want to read something bad about it;)


L.  (Lobster Thermidor Snatching Wench) #6 all the way for me.

I guess that also means #21 for me as well.


message 6: by Sedoo (new)

Sedoo Ashivor When your e-reader app and your goodreads app are side by side on the home screen on every device you own.


message 7: by Keith (new)

Keith Definitely 6 and 10!


message 8: by Rio (Lynne) (new)

Rio (Lynne) 7 and 10!


message 9: by Celena (new)

Celena I'm living 3,10,21. But mostly 21.


message 10: by Sonja (new)

Sonja sadly 21 ;)


message 11: by Jarvis (new)

Jarvis Everything is so true :')


message 12: by Labeba (new)

Labeba Salameh Lol 1,3,5,6,7,8,10,11 hopefully 13, 15,16,17,18,19,20,21 :)


message 13: by Vanesa (new)

Vanesa 6, 10, 16 and 21 are totally for me!!! :D


message 14: by Lhreader (new)

Lhreader 21 is so true it almost hurts... :')


message 15: by Aelene (new)

Aelene 18 of 21 points hit me.. Oh my, I got it deep.


message 16: by Zoe (new)

Zoe number 6: I DO THIS EVERYDAY.


message 17: by Sophia (new)

Sophia 1,10,14,15,16 and of course 21!


message 18: by Angelika (new)

Angelika can't stop grinning while reading this article. So true!


message 19: by Vishnu (new)

Vishnu Brahmandam Everythinggggg. Obviously.
*but I don't have a husband or friends who are considerate enough to check my goodreads list for gifts.


message 20: by Minh (new)

Minh 6,6,6 lol! I really need to tackle my to-read list!


message 21: by Ines (new)

Ines IBRAHIM I love the scan barcode


message 22: by Trisha (new)

Trisha Budhai 3,4 although its usually the bookstore & 6 usually more than 5 books get added on.


message 23: by Irene (last edited May 30, 2015 07:42AM) (new)

Irene Adler #6 and 21 are so true. I know I'm addicted to books as I need to buy at least 3 more bookcases to handle the overflow from the 3 bookcases I already have, I'm turning into a private lending library.


message 24: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer I'm guilty of nearly all of these :)


message 25: by Maryalice (new)

Maryalice My husband said I had to clean up my kindle, I had to many books on it, so I downloaded box sets so it would look like one. I'm on face book and check it about once a week, as for the others I don't even know how to sure them. When I turn on my computer I open Goodreads and then Amazon, got to get the books


message 26: by Axel (new)

Axel Wilson Nydén Hmm, let's see, Goodreads comes before Google in my reader (though I have Chrome so I normally just type my searches into the url bar). And yes, definitely number six as quoted in the picture. 8 is great too, especially for when the bookmark goes missing. 19, yes I do!


message 27: by Preeti (last edited May 30, 2015 08:09AM) (new)

Preeti This is lovely. All the great reasons to love being on GoodReads! :D


message 28: by Naomi (last edited May 30, 2015 08:17AM) (new)

Naomi You consider some of your Goodreads friends as close as some of your friends that are outside of Goodreads.

Goodreads is the first icon on your favorites bar.

You know when lists are being updated and check to see your placement on them.


message 29: by Aya (new)

Aya Mardi # 6 :) , and sometimes I add more books I get to know from the book I'm currently reading Lol ..so for sure #21 too.


message 30: by Barb (new)

Barb #7, 17, and #21 especially!!


message 31: by Michelle (new)

Michelle 7 and 21...


message 32: by Margaret (last edited May 30, 2015 08:36AM) (new)

Margaret 6, 18 and 21 are definitely me. Especially 6!!!


message 33: by Rachel (new)

Rachel OmG this is definitely me: 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 17


message 34: by Keiz (new)

Keiz #6. The addiction is satisfying..


message 35: by Philipp (new)

Philipp 21 is definetly something for me


message 36: by Becky (new)

Becky 3, 10, 15, 16, 17 and 21! So me! :D


message 37: by Katherine (new)

Katherine 10 and 6--but also I spend ages going through the giveaways and writing reviews on the books I've read--on Goodreads, Amazon and my blog. Thank goodness for copy and paste!


message 38: by Bookaholic (new)

Bookaholic #1...so true it hurts hahaha


message 39: by Amaris I. (new)

Amaris I. Hahaha! Yes! 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12 and 21.


message 40: by Jodez (new)

Jodez While #1 is very true, I never close my Goodreads tab, so I don't ever need to type it in ;-)

Most others resonate with me too... definitely guilty of finding great pleasure in the scanning function on my phone.


Kim at Divergent Gryffindor #10 is the most relate-able for me since my friends don't have Goodreads acoounts. :(


message 42: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Martin Nine of these fit me to-a-tee. Still number 3 is a great idea!


message 43: by Diane (new)

Diane McCarrick Six absolutely...I will never catch up but that makes me happy!! The world would be a sorry place without a reading backlog.


message 44: by BookWitch_Namine (last edited May 30, 2015 09:36AM) (new)

BookWitch_Namine 21, 18, 16, 10, 6, 3, 2 (except I'm not married, just do that in general), 1


message 45: by iamGamz (last edited May 30, 2015 09:48AM) (new)

iamGamz OhMiGosh! I am not alone! All of these apply, but 1 happens on every one of my devices. I haven't been on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in months, but i'm on Goodreads daily. Yay Books!!!


message 46: by Georgie (new)

Georgie Woodall I pre order books from the library on their website like other women buy clothes lol


message 47: by ~ Becky (new)

~ Becky  ༺☀✿ 3, 5, 10, 16, 21 ✿☀༻ //(*_*)\\


message 48: by Andrea (last edited May 30, 2015 10:03AM) (new)

Andrea I totally do numbers 3,6,7,8,10,11,14 and 21. :)


message 49: by Aleksandra (new)

Aleksandra 8/21. Goodreads rocks my world :)


message 50: by Erin (new)

Erin Dunn Omg yes!!!


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