How I Organize My Goodreads

Look, I know Goodreads has its flaws, but if the search feature was improved and the mobile app didn’t glitch so much, it would be the best app ever for me.

I’ve had my current account since 2015, but I had another one even earlier than that. It is great for keeping track of all of the books I’ve read, and I can see myself using it for a very long time.

One feature that I find especially useful is the ability to create shelves. Today I want to show you what my shelves look like and how I used them all! This is critical to my experience on Goodreads because it truly keeps me sane.

If we take a look at my profile, it looks like I have so much going on. I have a LOT of shelves, but I really do use them all and they all serve a purpose!

goodreads account

Exclusive Shelves:

First and foremost are my exclusive shelves. I have five them- three being the generic ones that Goodreads automatically gives you- “want to read,” “currently reading,” and “read.” These are fairly self-explanatory, and if you’ve ever used the site before, I’m sure you’re familiar with them.

However, I created two of my own exclusive bookshelves, and it’s very easy to do! First is my “DNF” shelf, which stands for “did not finish.” I do not like counting books that I haven’t finished as “read,” so I put them in this category instead.

I also have a shelf called “on my radar.” I got this idea from Kayla (booksandlala), and the idea is basically to put books that you’re sort of interested in but don’t fully want to add to your TBR yet until you hear more reviews, information, etc. Typically, I put books by my favorite authors that haven’t been released yet in this category until a synopsis is released, or I hear early buzz about it!

If you want to create one of these shelves, all you have to do is hit the “edit” button next to “Bookshelves” when you’re looking at your books (on the desktop version, not mobile). Then, just change whichever shelves you want to “exclusive” and you’re all set!


I also have a favorites shelf, which is also self-explanatory. I believe that Goodreads automatically gives you this one as well, but I could be wrong. This shelf changes constantly for me.


Aside from those shelves, I also have shelves for every genre and age group: YA fantasy, Adult mystery/thriller, middle grade, poetry, etc. After I finish reading a book, I add it to one of these shelves depending on which one it falls under. I do this so that when I’m writing specific review posts I can easily find books I’m looking for in specific categories.

It’s also just useful to see what books I read the most of, and which ones I should try to pick up more often! It’s a great visual representation because I don’t really keep track of this anywhere else.

Owned TBR:

I have a TBR shelf, which I mentioned earlier. Any and every book I want to read goes on there. BUT, this shelf if specifically for books that I already own. This is how I keep track of the number of unread books I own without having to constantly count them.


Next, I have two shelves for Netgalley and Edelweiss ARCs. I keep books that I have to read for those platforms on shelves so I can easily see how many books I need to review. I go on Goodreads more often that those two sites, so this is just an easier way to see the books. Also, when I’m picking my TBR for the month, I go here to see what books I should prioritize.


Neet to Read ASAP- This is a shelf I made a long time ago and I honestly don’t use it that frequently. I do occasionally add books I’m really excited about to this shelf, but for the most part, I don’t use it.

Not Yet Released- This is the shelf where I keep books that have not come out yet. I’m awful at new releases, so I made this shelf a few months ago in the hopes that I would get better at tracking them. Unfortunately, I don’t update this shelf as much as I should.

Series to Finish- Again, this is an easy shelf to interpret. I keep track of the series I need to finish on Goodreads or else I will never get to them. This is actually a very useful shelf to have!

To Buy- Finally, I have this shelf to refer to whenever I’m in the mood to buy books. Because I am trying to cut down on the number of books I buy, I try to only add books I’ve already read and loved to this.

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What do you think of my current setup? Are there any shelves you think I should add? Let me know by leaving a comment down below :)


6 thoughts on “How I Organize My Goodreads

  1. I really like the idea of a Owned TBR and a NetGalley shelf! Those would be really helpful when I am at the store browsing! I always use my app. I am glad I found it and could put all my lists into one place!

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  2. So organised haha!
    I don’t have the genre shelves, but for the others we have some similar ones! I also have the DNF shelf and the owned TBR shelf. Besides I have shelves labelled ‘2019’ ‘2020’ to add all the books I read in that year!


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