Goodreads Book Tag

I first joined Goodreads in December of 2010, which means that I’ve been an active member for SEVEN YEARS. When I first discovered that such a website even existed I was ecstatic– finally, a place to connect with other people about BOOKS. Today I am still a loyal Goodreads user, so you can imagine how happy I was when I learned that I had been tagged to do the Goodreads Book Tag. Thanks so much to Lauren @ My Paper Infinity for tagging me!!

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. It was excellent!

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading several books at the moment, but the one I’m focusing on the most is Light in August by William Faulkner for my upcoming term.

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

Artemis by Andy Weir. I’m so excited for this book to be released in November! It’s been far too long since I read The Martian and I’m in desperate need of some great science fiction.

What book do you plan to read next?

Do you use the star rating system?

I used to until a few months ago when I realized that I was letting it frustrate me for no reason. In fact, I wrote a whole post about it which you can check out here!

Are you doing a 2017 reading challenge?

Yes! For the past few years I’ve set myself a goal of reading 24 books, which I’ve already surpassed this year. I use the reading challenge more for tracking purposes than to ensure that I read a certain number of books each year.

Do you have a wishlist?

No, but that’s actually a really good idea….

What book do you plan to buy next?

I’m already looking forward to buying and reading Rupi Kaur’s upcoming poetry collection the sun and her flowers, which is set to be released on October 3rd. I adored Milk and Honey and I can’t wait to see what emotions Rupi delves into in this collection. I already love the connection she’s making between the lives of humans and plants. October can’t come soon enough!

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

SO MANY. A few favorites that I’ve recently added to my list are:

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

“Matilda said, “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable…”    ~ Matilda by Roald Dahl

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”    ~ Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

Who are your favorite authors?

I didn’t even know this was a feature on Goodreads!! (You learn something new every day…) In general, some of my favorite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien, John Green, Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Frederick Douglass, and Melina Marchetta.

Have you joined any groups?

I’m part of SO MANY groups on Goodreads, although unfortunately I rarely participate in them. I try to be a more active member, but there’s just so much to keep up with!

Thanks again to Lauren for tagging me!!

Do you use Goodreads? What are your favorite and least favorite things about it? Are there any cool bookish websites like Goodreads that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments section below!



48 Replies to “Goodreads Book Tag”

  1. awww, so glad you liked “war & peace” 🙂
    and yeeeeees to “artemis”. i can’t wait for that book! i want it now! 😀
    i just joined goodreads last year and it changed my life. i use it for some groups and for all my lists, because i need to know my progress and what i’ve read and what i own.
    i don’t know about any other bookish websites, but i’m interested if there are some! 🙂

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  2. Wishlists are so helpful! You must do them, especially if your friends and family know your blog and don’t know what to gift you come birthday or some other occasion.

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  3. I LOVE Goodreads! it’s such a fun website for all book nerds who like to write reviews, keep track fo reading and in general fangirl over books. I do think there should be improvements like MAYBE HALF STARS, huh? I’ve tried other sites like Goodreads like Riffle books but they just never work out for me. I think Goodreads is the ultimate bookish social media!

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    1. Right! Sometimes I think back to pre-Goodreads times and it seems SO long ago. I guess I just kept a lot of paper lists?!

      Definitely let me know if you do this tag! I’d love to see your answers 🙂


      1. is like a social media site that revolves around books. It’s super fun and doesn’t cost anything! A TBR is a To-Be-Read pile and a reading challenge on Goodreads is how many books you challenge yourself to read in a year 🙂

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  4. I’ve been a member since Feb 2010 and love it. I am on it everyday and interact with a few people but mostly love it for the new authors I find. I love the recommendations because I usually love the books. But wonder – will I ever catch up to my TBR list? It seems to get longer and longer every day.

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    1. Don’t worry– my TBR is never-ending, too! Every once in a while I go through and delete some books from it that I’m really not interested in reading anymore…. but somehow I always manage to quickly replace them with new ones! 🙂

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  5. Cool responses.
    I do use goodreads (I joined as an author and also as a book lover, and don’t engage with it nearly enough as either). Favourite thing is probably getting a direct platform that allows me to see people react to my books…least, seeing people react to your books is a double edged sword. As reader, being a part of a community of readers is cool but, as I said, I need to hang out more. Time keeps on ticking. Bookish websites? Mostly just bookgroups on Amazon, the book blogging community here on wordpress, which I mostly discover via the weekly memes, and online retail sites like Indiebound.

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    1. That’s really cool that you have perspectives of Goodreads as both an author and a reader! I can imagine that it’s a really great way to connect with readers of what you write 🙂 I’ve never thought about book groups on Amazon before, but I’ll have look into it!


  6. I haven’t been on Goodreads lately, but a few years back it was a great way to keep tabs on my TBR ( to be read #daisymae2017 ) shelf. I like to read sites that centre around Nordic Noir, and Crime fiction instead of Goodreads now. But it is nice to discover your blog this way!

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  7. Lovely answers, Holly! I absolutely LOVE the quote from Tuck Everlasting, thank you for sharing it ❤
    I don't now what I would do without Goodreads – I think I just wouldn't be able to keep track of my books at all, ahah – I also really love how I can see what everyone is reading, it always makes me add more books to my TBR ahah 🙂

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  8. I use Goodreads and have since 2013ish I believe. Favorite thing about the platform? Book recommendations based on my “read” and “to read” lists has led me to pick up books that I never would have known about. I also love the giveaways, I’ve actually won a few books in exchange for an honest review.

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