Goodreads - let's be friends


#1

Hello fellow beeminders,

I am quite a heavy user of goodreads to track my reading, find new books, read reviews, etc.

I have a handful of people I follow and frequently find great books based on what they are reading or reviews they have written.

I can only imagine that beeminder users are a well read bunch with some overlapping interests, so if anyone would like to post their goodreads account, I’d love to friend some of you!

This is me: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/39411680-max-martin


#2

I’m mostly on my blog these days (breathesbooks.com), but I do crosspost to Goodreads and read reviews there: http://goodreads.com/shanaqui


#3

I read a lot of fantasy books so if you are interested here is my profile: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5708815-cameron-harris


#4

What a fun idea! I mostly read academic books but am trying to get back in the swing of voracious reading so I’d love to peek at others’ fun reading. I’m here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2688831-lawrence

I’m also a Goodreads Librarian, so if you ever need a book’s database entry to be edited (wrong publication year, editions that need to be merged into one book, etc, etc), just message me and I’ll happily take care of it. (Or if you’re the kind of person who instinctively wants to tidy those things up, you could probably become a Goodreads Librarian yourself!)


#5

Well that sounds like a fun idea, I shall take you up on it Max - I’m over at https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/48319145-clive-freeman

At the start of this year I managed to hook up Beeminder to the RSS feed that comes off the back end of one’s Goodreads account, so whenever I mark a book as finished on Goodreads, it automatically credits me one point on that Beeminder goal. Target this year: 52 books across the year, and doing ok so far (27 read by mid-June).


#6

Cool! I see a lot of books that I’ve read in your profile.
Here’s mine - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4371602-alex


#7

Can you talk a bit more about this set up - how have you put it together? I think an auto-update from Kindle to Goodreads is possible for reading position, what are the goodreads RSS options?


#8

Can you talk a bit more about this set up - how have you put it together? I think an auto-update from Kindle to Goodreads is possible for reading position, what are the goodreads RSS options?

In goodreads, if you go to any of your shelves, there will be an RSS logo at the bottom right of the screen. You could use IFTTT to add a datapoint every time that RSS feed were updated (for example, ever time a book is added to your ‘read’ shelf), that is how I’d set up something like that!

I do use a kindle, and set books as ‘currently reading’ or ‘read’ in goodreads using the ‘About this book’ popup that shows on the kindle when you start and end books. Works great.

I actually track reading by “locations read” personally, currently I’m just updating that goal manually at the end of the day.


#9

Thanks!


#10

Just as @penten says, I used the RSS feed off the back of Goodreads, attached to an IFTTT rule. It was slightly fiddly to set up, so I’ve attached a screenshot of what I came up with in case it is useful to others.