Goodreads Hack: Are You 'Reading' Compatible with Your Friends?

Posted by Cybil on March 29, 2017


Sure, you may know your friends and loved ones well, and you might think you're compatible. But are you really? To us, you don't really know someone until you understand their taste in books.

Luckily, Goodreads has a hack for that! You can see how many books you have in common with a friend, or, you know, check out a romantic prospect before things get too serious and you find out he loves business books while you only read science fiction.

Just go to your friend's (or someday-soulmate's) Goodreads profile page and click on the 'Compare Books' link just under the box at the top of the page where people share details about themselves. For example, you can see that my fellow Goodreads editor and I have quite similar taste in books (which may explain why we're always fighting over the same new releases).

Books in common


Try it out and tell us the how you bridge a gap in reading compatibility with your friends and family!

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(Top image credit:
Beauty and the Beast, 2017).

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message 1: by Jim (new)

Jim Steele How do you find then establish friends?


message 2: by Gerd (new)

Gerd Jim wrote: "How do you find then establish friends?"

Here on GoodReads?
When you visit a member profile you can click on "Add as friend" - the member then gets a notice that you want to friend them and can either accept or ignore it.


message 3: by Esther (new)

Esther Jim wrote: "How do you find then establish friends?"

we dont make friends, we die alone like men


message 4: by Jim (new)

Jim Steele Thank you, Gerd. I've been a member of Goodreads for several years with 0 friends, not so much because I'm terrible as because I couldn't figure out how to do this.

Appreciate your time!


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

It would be good to have an option to find people with similar taste to yours. It is really missing.


message 6: by Jackpiper (new)

Jackpiper good job


message 7: by Marsha (new)

Marsha I don't think this is a solid or even workable way to establish a proper friendship. At best, you've got yourself a pen pal with whom you can converse about books. But I've got friends in book clubs. I've got friends with whom I go scrounging for food. I have acquaintances I meet and chat with in bars. There are a whole range of people I know whose interests may dovetail with mine but with whom I don't discuss books as such. We all have different facets in our natures and accepting friendship with someone based on whether their reading matter is compatible with ours is limiting and rather misleading. That being stated, I think this might be a fun way to speak casually with someone online about what they thought of a particular book they read.


Cara's Craftsations Marsha wrote: "I don't think this is a solid or even workable way to establish a proper friendship. At best, you've got yourself a pen pal with whom you can converse about books. But I've got friends in book club..."

Deep.


message 9: by Ruth (new)

Esme Ruth I'm not sure it helps either with actually finding people that read books similar to the ones you read


message 10: by Jay (new)

Jay I know it's near impossible but I really wish GR could do that ^ automatically and recommend people you "match" with :(


message 11: by Chafic (new)

Chafic (Rello) I compare books with EVERYONE.

Feel free to add me if you want to compare :)

(also Felicia Day reads a lot, shout out to the lades of Vaginal Fantasy Book Club!)

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I probs should go to bed.


message 12: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie A. I've always enjoyed this feature. I use it whenever I see someone with a great review of a book I liked, and if we have a lot more in common with similar ratings, it's helped me find lots of people to liven up my activity feed and draw my attention to new books. Just by commenting on some of their reviews / updates, I've definitely made some book friends.


message 13: by Sushi (new)

Sushi I like this feature. Even better would be if there were an option to sort our friend lists at /friend by book compatibility. This would be really handy for those of us with lots of GR friends.

And who knows? My most book-compatible friend may currently be a casual acquaintance.


message 14: by Mattheus (new)

Mattheus Guttenberg Jim wrote: "How do you find then establish friends?"

Read Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People."


message 15: by Ameetha (new)

Ameetha Widdershins I wish it compared them by book type or style rather than just a comparison of titles read. Maybe we like reading the same types of books or are equally eclectic but the comparison feature would not match us up.


message 16: by Kay Dee (new)

Kay Dee Esther wrote: "Jim wrote: "How do you find then establish friends?"

we dont make friends, we die alone like men"


heh heh


message 17: by Kay Dee (new)

Kay Dee Stephanie wrote: "I've always enjoyed this feature. I use it whenever I see someone with a great review of a book I liked, and if we have a lot more in common with similar ratings, it's helped me find lots of people..."

me too! that's how i know whose reviews to follow. i don't make them all friends though.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Nasim wrote: "It would be good to have an option to find people with similar taste to yours. It is really missing."

Yes, agreed, similar to how Last.fm used to, and how Netflix used to. Feedback has brought this up before the past several years.


message 19: by Barbara (last edited Mar 29, 2017 03:06PM) (new)

Barbara Jim wrote: "How do you find then establish friends?"

You can link Goodreads with your address book and find the people who are already members.


Karlos of the Hammer Uh well I don't know about soulmate, but me and Quora are happy even though we don't like the exact same books.


message 21: by C. J. (new)

C. J. Scurria I'm glad Goodreads finally drew attention to this feature. I love it and use it all the time!


message 22: by Alondra (new)

Alondra Miller Esther wrote: "Jim wrote: "How do you find then establish friends?"

we dont make friends, we die alone like men"


HA!


message 23: by Elke (new)

Elke Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* wrote: "Nasim wrote: "It would be good to have an option to find people with similar taste to yours. It is really missing."

Yes, agreed, similar to how Last.fm used to, and how Netflix used to. Feedback h..."


I would love that too. However, usually I find friends because their name pops up on all those book pages I'm interested in and I start recognizing them 'ah, him/her again, nice review'. Then I use the compare books feature before adding them as new friends, but it doesn't much matter if the outcome is compatible or not.


message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* wrote: "Nasim wrote: "It would be good to have an option to find people with similar taste to yours. It is really missing."

Yes, agreed, similar to how Last.fm used to, and how Netflix used to. Feedback h..."

Yes. I think there is a problem or something. I mean, if not, they would have done it by now. So many members like this feature.


message 25: by Blake (new)

Blake Frederick Nasim wrote: "Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* wrote: "Nasim wrote: "It would be good to have an option to find people with similar taste to yours. It is really missing."

Yes, agreed, similar to how Last.fm used to,..."


It looks like they are working on it: https://www.goodreads.com/jobs/sdm_de...

"Goodreads is looking for an experienced engineering manager to lead our Decide & Obtain team. This team's charter is to help customers decide which book to pick up next and also to provide easy and intuitive ways to obtain a copy of the book."


message 26: by Murzic (new)

Murzic I'd like reverse feature: find people that have similar tastes.
Can Goodreads recommend me friends based on my bookshelf??

I agree, with most of the people here, that its bad way to find friends, but (!) I think its good way to find "what to read next".


message 27: by MorpheusZzz (new)

MorpheusZzz Esther wrote: "Jim wrote: "How do you find then establish friends?"

we dont make friends, we die alone like men"


haha, Esther!


message 28: by Ghanima (last edited Apr 27, 2017 02:30AM) (new)

Ghanima Hmmmm I don't have any real friends on Goodreads, but my reading list is compatable with that of my husband. Of course, this is because they are physically the same books... :P


message 29: by Leslynn (new)

Leslynn Esther wrote: "Jim wrote: "How do you find then establish friends?"

we dont make friends, we die alone like men"


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message 30: by Halima (new)

Halima Marsha wrote: "I don't think this is a solid or even workable way to establish a proper friendship. At best, you've got yourself a pen pal with whom you can converse about books. But I've got friends in book club..."

Totally agree with what you said. I have plenty of friends whose taste in books is not exactly like mine yet we bond pretty well. :)


message 31: by Elfina (new)

Elfina Renee I really struggle being able to follow my friend's reading taste not so much in their selections but just being able to follow them in general. I have 419 friends.

The majority of them I have no clue as to what their reading because I'm not updated. Over half I'm not even able to follow in reviews, updates, even though I would love to.

I think the primary issue is newbies like my mom who I've turned onto GoodReads doesn't know how to apply the filters allowing people to follow her, myself included. I've tried...trust me I've tried finding the elusive setting and NO dice. Like my mom, I'm an older bird and its hard learning new tricks much less trying to explain them.

I strive to be a better pen pal to all my friends, share the reading experience and our common love of books. I've made some wonderful friends. They're bonafide treasures and I'd like to keep in closer contact.


message 32: by Line (new)

Line I literally do this every time I go into a new profile to decide whether I want to follow someone xD Sometimes I follow people I completely disagree with too.


message 33: by Qing (new)

Qing Wang Don't dump a friend because they read different books!


message 34: by mwana (new)

mwana Esther wrote: "Jim wrote: "How do you find then establish friends?"

we dont make friends, we die alone like men"


*Slow clap*


message 35: by Sumeet (new)

Sumeet Mahendra I'll surely check the compatibility match before proposing any girl or committing in any relationship....!
:-) :-)


message 36: by Ulla (new)

Ulla Qing wrote: "Don't dump a friend because they read different books!"

٩(♡ε♡ )۶


message 37: by MaggyGray (new)

MaggyGray Nasim wrote: "It would be good to have an option to find people with similar taste to yours. It is really missing."

That's what I am always thinking when comparing books with others!! This would be great!!


message 38: by Sumeet (last edited Mar 30, 2017 07:06AM) (new)

Sumeet Mahendra Ulla wrote: "Qing wrote: "Don't dump a friend because they read different books!"

٩(♡ε♡ )۶"


I second you Ulla ...


message 39: by Nono (new)

Nono I mostly try to add people with whom I share a high compability... then I add people by how much I click with them through comments... and last I try to add some nice, fun people with low compability to me with lots of books in their library, that I never would add myself. I find new gems like that... :)


message 40: by Anfel (new)

Anfel Bourouina having friends or not is the same here on Goodreads


message 41: by Bill (new)

Bill Hohl I can't for the life of me find this on the mobile app! Help!


message 42: by Cat (new)

Cat Ft


message 43: by Cat (new)

Cat Sorry, my question: how to find the « compare books » button on ios? Thanks


message 44: by Joan (new)

Joan Looking for the same - where is this on the app???


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