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Old 07-02-2013, 12:06 PM   #16
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Took me a while to get into Goodreads, but I use it almost exclusively now. I use it mostly to record the books I've read and my ratings. Don't do many review. I suck at reviews

I am a member of the MR group, but I just don't seem to spend much time there. Guess I should have a look around again.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:14 PM   #17
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I lose track of many books that might have caught my attention for a brief, shiny moment. The Goodreads app makes it simple for me to pop titles into a "might want to check this out someday" shelf when browsing newsfeeds and "what are you reading now?" threads. It keeps the slush-pile so I don't have to. My "reviews" are probably not very useful to anyone else, but GoodReads will also tweet my reviews/ratings/quotes/status updates to my 3 Twitter followers automatically--thus saving me the effort of having to do so manually. It mostly works to amuse me.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:34 PM   #18
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I don't know if there's any one thing all users are "supposed" to do on Goodreads or use it for.

I use it to:

1) Catalog my extensive collection. It got to the point that I couldn't remember always what I did or didn't have, especially for old, OP series. Helpful for insurance purposes too.
2) Rate & review books I've read.
3) Interact with like minded readers in several groups
4) Try to get some free giveaways. Gotten a few, but so many people want them, I wouldn't count on it.
5) Keep track of my want list and current reading.
6) I even became a Goodreads librarian, mostly to help correct listings of items from my collection (missing covers, mostly)

Individual mileage may vary.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:48 PM   #19
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You should join the MR group over there, so you can hang out with asses you already know and love.

And I just clicked on your Goodreads profile link and thought, "Wait, that looks familiar..." Ha! Had no idea that was you! 'Tis a small world sometimes.
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Yep, 'tis me. Unlike here, at a public forum, at GR I have "some" control about the info others can see, so I feel more comfortable being 'real' and not using an avatar and pseudonym...
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:57 PM   #20
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I am a member of the MR group, but I just don't seem to spend much time there. Guess I should have a look around again.
No activity there since Mar 2012.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:59 PM   #21
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Oh, that's when I drove them all off!

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Old 07-02-2013, 12:59 PM   #22
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:03 PM   #23
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BTW as someone said, there are a number or 'ways' of using goodreads. I mostly participate in the Science, Science Fiction, and Short Stories discussion groups. I've listed some books and ratings etc, but nothing like all I've read. I use it mostly to get recommendations, reviews and discussion on short story and science topics.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:07 PM   #24
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Is there a way to use Calibre to build your list at Goodreads?
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:07 PM   #25
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I just use it to read posts in various groups. I'll never list or rate any of the books I've read.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:09 PM   #26
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I use it mostly to record the books I've read and my ratings. Don't do many review. I suck at reviews
LOL! Same here. I like reading people's reviews but I myself never post any. I use Goodreads to rate the books I've read and to add books that I want to read. I look at the recommendations, follow my favorite authors, I like looking through the Listopia section, stuff like that
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:16 PM   #27
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Is there a way to use Calibre to build your list at Goodreads?
I believe the Goodreads Sync plugin will sync FROM calibre TO goodreads. I think you have to do it in batches of 50 or less so as not to overwhelm something at GR and get the plugin banned.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:33 PM   #28
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Forgot to mention that other than a few all-time favorites, I strictly use Goodreads in a "from henceforth" manner. No interest in trying to get all my read-in-the-past stuff in there.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:41 PM   #29
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No activity there since Mar 2012.
What? Um, no, not even close. There must be an old MR group on there.

Our group at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/42178 is small but alive and kicking. Sometimes kicking hard, depending on my mood.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:44 PM   #30
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That's not the REAL MR group.

Sheesh! That's some fake johnny come lately challenge group. ppppptttt!

See, told ya I ran 'em off.
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