Lola’s Rambings is a feature on Lola’s Review where I talk about me. Usually these posts are everything that doesn’t fall under any standard header, like blog tours, book blitzes, cover reveals or reviews. Lola’s Ramblings posts are are personal discussions of a certain topic. Sometimes about book related topics and sometimes about non-book related topics. This feature was previously known as About Me. The banner for this feature is designed by Michelle from Limabean Design.
Most book bloggers probably have either heard of goodreads or use it daily. While I used to use goodreads a lot more than I do now, one of the features I steadfastly use is the ability to keep track of what I read and to shelf my books. I always think it’s fascinating to see how other people use their goodreads shelves, so today I am going to talk about my goodreads shelves and I hope you share something about your goodreads shelves as well!
My Goodreads Shelves
Okay so let’s see which shelves I use and why! The picture on the side is taken on January 1, 2015 when I wrote this post. At the moment the numbers probably have changed already. I have 15 different goodreads shelves.
- All. Everyone has this shelve which includes all of your books, I don’t think I use this shelf a lot as I am usually looking for something more specific, unless I am just looking up a book for some reason.
- Read (exclusive). This shelf includes all my read books, I am pretty sure not all read books are on this shelf, but it comes pretty close. I once decided to add all my manga’s as well and then decided I wouldn’t. So some manga’s are added to goodreads and some don’t. Maybe I should make up my mind once.
- Currently Reading (exclusive). I always feel a bit sorry for this shelf as it usually only includes one book. I am a solo book reader and usually only read one book at a time. Recently I started trying out this whole read two books at the same time thing, one book on my ipad during breakfast and one book on my Kobo for in the evenings, so this shelf now contains two books usually.
- To-read (exclusive). This shelf includes all those books I want to-read, whether I own them or not, I have another shelf to make that distinction. It used to contain more books than my read shelf, but after I did some goodreads shelf cleaning I got this one back to a more manageable number. Okay no to-read list is ever manageable, but still.
- DNF (exclusive). Since I read a post about goodreads shelves on oen of the blgos I follow I added this shelf, sorry can’t remember the name of the blog. It’s an exclusive shelf as I am of the opinion that books I haven’t finished aren’t really read so now they sit on this exclusive shelf. Before I realized you could add another exclusive shelf beside read, currently reading and to-read I just had this one as a normal shelf and I am happy when I finally realized I could change that. So this shelf includes all the books I did not finish.
- Books that I own. All the books that I own either as a physical copy or as an e-copy are added to this shelf. Usually this means they leave the wishlist shelf and get added to this one instead. I find it easy to use the multiple shelf selection function to click the to-read shelf and this one for a quick overview of all the books I want to read that I own. I am not sure if all the read books I own are also on this shelf as I only added this shelf later and was more concerned by adequately shelving all my to-read books.
- e-books on ipad. I only added this shelf recently to distinguish between books I have on my Kobo and on my ipad, this shelf includes all ebooks that are on my ipad. I don’t like reading on my ipad as the screen is very bright and it hurts my eyes, but in the morning and in the summer it isn’t too bad though. As a rule the books on this shelf are less likely to get read then those on the Kobo shelf.
- e-books on Kobo. This includes all ebooks that are on my Kobo. I love my Kobo and most e-books I try to get in epub format so I can read them on my Kobo. I do sometimes grab free books from amazon though and I can only read those on my ipad. I am happy I now have seperate shelves for this.
- For Review. This shelf includes all books that I received for review. I like checking this shelf to see which books I got for review that I haven’t read yet. I check this shelf often and I find it handy to have one shelf with all my review books, so I can keep track of them.
- Got a copy for review reviewed. This shelf includes all the books I received for review that I actually reviewed. I hate the long and weird name of this shelf, but I guess it get’s the point across. I made this shelf after I heard of the rule that every book you got for review needed to have that mention in the review, so I made a shelf for all the books I reviewed and then started editing all my reviews. Even after that I decided to keep this shelf, every book I get for review first get’s added to the for review shelf and when I read them they end up on this shelf. I guess just having a review shelf would work as then there’s still the distinction between read and to-read, but I kinda like having a shelf for this.
- Historical. I added this shelf when I signed-up for the Historical Reading Challenge 2015 as I plan to read more historicals this year. To make it easy to find them, I decided to make a shelf for them.
- Lola’s Blog Tours. This shelf is to list all the books I toured with Lola’s Blog Tours. I don’t want to read every book I tour, so that’s why I also have the wishlist shelf, not every book on my to-read list is also on my wishlist shelf. I aded this shelf as sometimes I want to add the tour information to my review of the book so more people hear about the sign-ups, the only way to do this is to add it to my to-read list in the first place.
- Netgalley. This shelf includes the books I got through netgalley. I think I have to update this shelf once as it only includes the netgalley books I remember to add. The whole idea behind this shelf is that I don’t have to go to netgalley to check which books I got through them and to remember when I read a book from this shelf that I have to post my review on amazon as well. I guess it would work if I rememeber to actually add every book I get throguh netgalley.
- Paperback/ Hardcopy. This shelf includes all the books I own as a physical copy. This shelf isn’t perfect though as I only went through all my to-read books, so this shelf doesn’t adequately display the the status of my read books. The idea behind this shelf is so I can see in goodreads whether I have a book as an e-copy or physical copy, usually my memory works well, but sometimes I am not so sure and then the reminder is handy.
- Wishlist. This shelf includes all the books I want to read, but not yet own. Not all books that care on my to-read list are on this shelf as well, but it comes close. The exceptions are some Lola’s Blog Tours books.