50 Million Reviews!

Posted by Otis Chandler on April 6, 2016
In late 2006, I wrote the first book review on Goodreads. It was a simple, two-paragraph review of A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (5 stars – I recommend it) and I had no idea how popular a book recommendation and review site could become. Since then, you all have really made the review space your own. I may be biased, but I think Goodreads reviews are the best book reviews anywhere! Today, we have reviews that share personal experiences, reviews that include actor photos for dream casts of the book’s characters, quick-but-sharp summary reviews, and so many enthusiastic “you have got to read this!” reviews. There are reviews that push your thinking, and ones that create deep discussion.

In retrospect, it should be no surprise that readers – the consummate lovers of words – would also be eager to write. Many of our reviewers have developed their own distinctive style and won an audience that loves their creativity as much as their recommendations. The amazing diversity of reactions and approaches is what makes Goodreads reviews so unique and enjoyable. And now, just over nine years later, we’ve reached a new milestone: 50 million reviews!

On behalf of the Goodreads team, I wanted to give a huge thank you to all of you who've written such amazing reviews over the years. I hope you've found it as rewarding as I do to look back at your reviews, months or even years later, and re-live each reading experience. We're also proud of the fact that we're helping readers all over the world build an online record of the books they've read and what they think of them. And I know I speak for book lovers everywhere when I say that your reviews help so many of us discover our next favorite book.

What's your favorite Goodreads review? Share a link in the comments below.

Happy Reading!


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message 1: by Ingstje (new)

Ingstje My most liked review (3 whole likes) was 47 Sweet Street by Lena North . A sweet short story that I rated with 5 well-deserved stars.

message 2: by Sophia (new)

Sophia Pretty amazing!

Thanks for starting it all.

message 3: by Geri Reads (new)

Geri Reads It was Katrina's review of 50 Shades that introduced me to Goodreads. I was trying to find a review for it, so I googled and her review came up. I ended up joining the community and has never looked back since. :)

message 4: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Thank you! I love this site. Reading and writing reviews helps me and others tremendously. I don't feel I'm the best at this but I just write what I experienced while reading.

message 5: by Liam || Books 'n Beards (last edited Apr 06, 2016 05:19AM) (new)

Liam || Books 'n Beards I'm pretty proud of my review of The Dinosaur Lords. Also my review of New Moon.

message 6: by Noor (new)

Noor The Shape-shifter This is so breathtaking! You've come this far ♡
Cant be more proud than right now. THANK YOU! :D

message 7: by Maria (last edited Apr 06, 2016 05:23AM) (new)

Maria Dodd WOW. Goodreads is a fabulous place to be. I had no idea I wrote so many reviews. Top 1% WOW.
Thank you for being here for us avid readers! :-)

ɑƨħŵɑɡ ♥Team Magnus Damora FOREVER♥ I love how this review for Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms, #4) by Morgan Rhodes got the most likes .. My favorite series EVERRRRRR.

message 9: by Aditi (new)

Aditi You Will Know Me by Megan Abott is my most popular review of mine on GR and the review I like the most! !

message 10: by Debbi (new)

Debbi my most liked reviews is for "The Shack". I think it's rather funny that I got so many likes for a book I hated

I think Katrina's review of "50 Shades..." is a classic.

message 11: by Emma (new)

Emma Jaye I just received a lovely email from goodreads to say I'm in the top 1% of reviewers, is there any way to get this graphic on my profile? I'm quite proud of it.

message 12: by Liz (new)

Liz What a fabulous story, Otis. And yay for Goodreads. I love this place and the community of passionate readers who invariably become an extended family for many people.
My most faved review was for a dreadful one star book so I guess lots of us disliked it. And that Bill Bryson book was fabulous!
Congrats and thanks from readers around the world who in Goodreads find like minded, kindred spirits who all share that very simple pleasure of reading.

message 13: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Thrilled to see I am in top 1%!

message 14: by Helen (new)

Helen Me too!

message 15: by Toni (U.A.C.) (new)

Toni (U.A.C.) Had no idea that I was part of the top 1%. I'm one of the ones with a most liked review of a book I disliked, Hemlock Grove, with 25 likes. :p

Congrats on the milestone.

message 16: by Mary Lou (new)

Mary Lou This graphic illustrates why I don't pay attention to ratings. There's a LOT of mediocre out there, and three stars should be the average rating. People aren't always very discerning. I do read the reviews, though, and greatly appreciate those who take the time to offer thoughtful reasons for their ratings, whether they be good, bad, or somewhere in the middle.

message 17: by Marta (new)

Marta Cox I love Goodreads and had no idea my reviews had made me part of the top 1%. My most talked about review was Marked in Flesh

message 18: by sunshine (last edited Apr 06, 2016 05:39AM) (new)

sunshine no.no.no. thank you Goodreads

you told me this one had the most attentionMarley
but my favorite are Maybe Someday
A Thousand Boy Kisses
The Song of David
Third Debt
Fourth Debt

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~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews Wow this is cool. Mine was Sebring by Kristen Ashley

This is a cool feature.

message 21: by Charles (new)

Charles Ray Actually, my review of 'The Almond Tree' was probably my favorite, which might explain why it got so much attention.

message 22: by Kalin (last edited Apr 06, 2016 05:50AM) (new)

Kalin Thanks a gigabooks for the top reviewer badge, Goodreads team! It made my day. :)

A series of reviews that have really moved me are those by Vessey. Few Goodreaders add such genuine personality (and pain and probing questions) to theirs.

message 23: by Cora (new)

Cora Tea Party Princess My most liked review was of The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell with 80 likes.

I remember it was a review that I had a lot of fun writing and I loved the book!

 ♥ Rebecca ♥ Anyone have a link to Katrina's review? I'm curious now.

message 25: by Emanuela (new)

Emanuela In the top 1% of reviewers :))))))))))))

message 26: by joani (new)

joani Thank you for giving us a place were we can express our thoughts and feelings on what we have read. When you finish a great book you feel excited and want to share it with the world and "here" is where we get to do it. I just wish the thousand plus books that i have read prior to Goodreads was not shared with you all but there is just not enough time to go back through the archives. I am ecstatic about being in the top 1%...Wahoo...

message 27: by Miss Ryoko (new)

Miss Ryoko Katrina's review of Fifty Shades is amazing. If you haven't read it, you must!!

message 28: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara Thanks so much for letting me know!
It's great to have a place to review books that is not immediately a selling shelf. We can just share opinions. I've met so many readers through Goodreads.

message 29: by Wulfwyn (new)

Wulfwyn So cool to be a part of the top 1% of reviewers! Like some of the others said, I would like a way to display that. It was so interesting to read about your first review. It is amazing how far the site has come! Congratulations to you! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to this site. It is definitely why Goodreads is such an awesome site.

message 30: by Drue (new)

Drue DePompei-Hoffman I'm pretty honored to be in the top 1%

message 31: by Miss Ryoko (new)

Miss Ryoko Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥ wrote: "Anyone have a link to Katrina's review? I'm curious now."

Here is that fantastic, amazing review:


message 32: by Arunimaa (new)

Arunimaa Goodreads is life for me and it feels like I am in a totally different world when I come here, and that too a beautiful world. I simply can not imagine myself without it.

message 33: by Kay (new)

Kay I'm one of the Top 1% of Reviewers! That's made my day, that has!

If I hadn't found Jason Werbeloff's work, I wouldn't be in that 1% as his Obsidian Worlds was my most looked at.

Goodreads was a wonderful idea. Thank you so much! <3

message 34: by Anissa (new)

Anissa I'm in the Top 1%! Well, that's a nice way to begin a Tuesday. I love this repository of readers' thoughts & I've gratitude for all who express their exuberance in reviews (even the GIF addicts ;) )

message 35: by carol (new)

carol Thank you Otis and Elizabeth for noting the efforts of us the reviewers, I was thrilled to find I'm in the top 1%.
My most liked review being Don't... as it is the first of what I found to be a brilliant series and still the anticipation of one more to come and read to complete the series.

Thanks to those of you who take the time to read our reviews and like them and leave comments too. The interaction is great.

message 36: by Evelyn (new)

Evelyn Very honored to be in the top 1%!

message 37: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes I'm surprised I made the top 1%, but pleased. I love reading and always leave a review - a must for indie authors.

message 38: by Leovaldoalberto (new)

Leovaldoalberto Celebrando estos 50 MM de REVIEWS, ser parte de este proyecto Goodreads es un gran orgullo.

message 39: by Kaethe (new)

Kaethe How do I find out what my most-liked review is? Suddenly I'm dying to know.

message 40: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Fundin I am so excited to be in the top 1%. Jaye Frances was my most looked at...but keep on the lookout. I have a lot more to come!

message 41: by James (JD) (new)

James (JD) Dittes Mary Lou wrote: "This graphic illustrates why I don't pay attention to ratings. There's a LOT of mediocre out there, and three stars should be the average rating. People aren't always very discerning. I do read the..."

I think a lot of one-star and two-star books don't get finished, much less reviewed. I know that I won't rate a book if I don't make it past the 2nd chapter or so.

message 42: by Will (new)

Will Robinson Jr. I am in the top 1% of reviewers! Thanks to all the good read members who love my reviews and share recommendations for good reads. This community has made me really appreciate the importance of reading.

message 43: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Wow, what an honor, the top 1% of reviewers!

I don't always know how my reviews will be received; sometimes I don't like a book and am not afraid to say so (even if it is a number 1 bestseller).

I have over two hundred books on my shelf to read so there will be a lot more reviews coming!!!!

message 44: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Wow, top 1 percent! That's a great email for me to get so early in the day! Apparently my review of the Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray garnered the most attention, which is beyond flattering, seeing as it is my favorite novel.

I can't even begin to describe how much I appreciate the Goodreads community. It has helped my love of literature grow to such a degree that it's even come into play with my college career path.

message 45: by Mary Lou (new)

Mary Lou James (JD) wrote: "I think a lot of one-star and two-star books don't get finished, much less reviewed. I know that I won't rate a book if I don't make it past the 2nd chapter or so."

True -- I mark them as "abandoned" but try to be fair, and don't often rate them if I haven't finished them (unless they're truly Just That Awful - sometimes they just aren't my taste). I often wish there was a rating designation for 0 stars - too terrible to rate!

message 46: by Steffi (new)

Steffi I also got an email that I am under the Top 1% reviewers :D

message 47: by Pat (new)

Pat I am excited to be in the top 1%!
I enjoy keeping track of my reading on Goodreads!

message 48: by Bethe (new)

Bethe I am suspicious of the "top 1% of reviewers" that everyone is announcing - some folks only have hundreds of reviews, others have thousands. How does that happen? Of course, this is a reading site, not a math wiz site :)

message 49: by Amy (new)

Amy Yingling Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥ wrote: "Anyone have a link to Katrina's review? I'm curious now."

message 50: by Elyse (new)

Elyse For real, Katrina's Fifty Shades trilogy reviews are THE best and I'm so excited for her to get even more recognition for them!!

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