Organising My Goodreads

With just under 250 books currently on my TBR, I am in definite need of organisation when it comes to my bookshelves.

I wrote a post not long after I started my blog in 2017 about how I organise my Goodreads and while a lot of it hasn’t changed, I wanted to give an updated post based on how I organise my books on Goodreads in case anyone is looking for ideas.

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So first off, I wanted to talk about my Currently Reading shelf. I always track my current reads on Goodreads. I just love seeing my progress through a book and I make sure to update whenever I’ve finished a reading session.

It’s a fairly self explanatory shelf. I try not to put too much on it as seeing too many books on this shelf starts to stress me out and that leads to a slump.


Screen Shot 2019-04-23 at 21.48.58Next up is the reading challenge. This is my fifth consecutive year of Goodreads challenges. I enjoy seeing how far ahead I am in my challenge. It does push me to finish more books, especially if I am ahead of schedule. 


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Here’s my first shelf. I like that Goodreads shows you the most recently added books to your Want to Read shelf. I feel like mine is always changing what with adding books to it and reading books from it.

This shelf only has the books that I own. I have a separate shelf for any books that I want to read but don’t own.


So these are my shelves. As you can see, I don’t have that many shelves and a couple of them are historic. I’ve personally found that I use Goodreads much more efficiently with less shelves. I used to have a lot more than this, but I just found my page so bogged down with shelves. I realised that I only really used four shelves so because of that, I significantly cut down and it has worked out well for me.

The shelves that I do use are:

  • Want to Read – As shown above.
  • Currently Reading – As shown above.
  • Read – This shelf is self explanatory, this is where the books that I have read are shelved (Just a side note, I am really happy that my Read shelf finally has more books on it than my Want to Read which means my TBR is getting shorter, yay).
  • Wishlist – This shelf includes all books that I don’t own but want to read. I find it much easier to manage the books on my TBR by having two separate shelves rather than having the books I want to read that I own and don’t own all on one shelf.

For 2019, I made a 2019 TBR. This is the first time I have ever made a TBR shelf for a year. I created this shelf so that I can look at it at the end of the year and see how many books off this shelf I have actually read. I added plenty of books to it (over my Goodreads goal for the year) to give myself options as I have a habit of not sticking to TBRs. I either need lots of books on it or 2-3 books so that I give myself lots of choice.

So that’s my Goodreads organisation. I hope that it’s been helpful post or just good to read if you wanted to have a nose at how I organise my shelves. I’d love to hear about how you all organise your Goodreads page or if you have any tips, it’d be great for you to share them here so others can benefit from them!


4 thoughts on “Organising My Goodreads

    1. I did have sub-shelves like that but I find that I just don’t use them so got rid of them all and narrowed it down to just these shelves. I won’t lie, I’ve not really used my 2019 TBR much but that’s because I know it’s on my TBR but not on a ‘read in 2019’ list other than the 2019 challenge!


  1. I like the Wishlist vs Want to Read/already-on-my-shelf idea. That small distinction looks like a game changer. I’d been having a hard time keeping track of all the books I want to read, so I’ll try out a wishlist shelf, too! Thanks for posting this!


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