Goodreads Hacks: Using a Secret Group

Goodreads imageOne of the things I have wished Goodreads offers is a way to make a shelf of books private. Not my entire profile, but just some titles, for when I’m working on projects.

Why yes, this is especially on my mind right now because of planning for book club next year. I want the choices to be a surprise, so I can’t exactly make a shelf and call it “2017 book club possibilities” and keep the suspense.

Enter a secret group. From my computer (I can’t get it to work from the app, unfortunately), I created a new group with only me as a member. Then I pulled in all the titles I’m considering. And, while it doesn’t matter quite as much with this year (I’m in the final stages of selecting), I’m already making plans to use it for next year: I can add titles throughout the year and have them ready to consider next fall when I begin finalizing plans for 2018.

The only downside that I have found with this is that it doesn’t work on the app. I can’t create the groups on the app, and I can’t see the bookshelves I’ve filled via the app. So, it’s not a perfect solution, but it’s better than nothing.

If you’ve figured out a better workaround to the lack of private shelf options in Goodreads (besides a piece of paper kept offline), please let me know!

Previously on The Deliberate Reader

Two years ago: Homeschooling Update: Teaching Reading with All About Reading
Three years ago: Book Review: The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
Four years ago: Review: Blackout / All Clear by Connie Willis

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Comments

  1. Interesting! I just put all the URLs into a Word doc. Your way is much better. 🙂

  2. Thank you for this!!! I am a ghostwriter and I wished there was a way to make my reading list for my projects private. Now I know how!

    • I had to do a double-take at your name-this is my daughter’s married name. She spells her Hilary with one L though. 🙂

  3. Can you make a board on Pinterest? You can make any board private on Pinterest. I do that for medical info I am researching for my daughter’s condition.

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