A Guide to My Goodreads Shelves

LOVE Goodreads, like, a lot. I can’t even begin to tell you how many books I would never have known existed if it weren’t for this amazing reference/library/catalog. I’ve seen a few posts like this before, and I thought it would be fun to do, so here we go!

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First thing’s first, are you following my Goodreads Page? If you’re not, shame on you! No really though… go follow it! Second of all, do YOU have a Goodreads account? Because if you don’t you should definitely get it, I honestly can’t recommend it enough, it’s a life saver!

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When you join Goodreads, you have the opportunities to create your own virtual bookshelves; you automatically get ‘To-be-read’, ‘Currently-reading’, and ‘Read’ shelves, but other than these, you can get super creative and make as many shelves as you want, being as picky or niche with the categories as you’d like! The following are my current bookshelves (excluding the aforementioned ‘standard’ shelves;

Young Adult

Because I’m a book blogger I like to have some of my most-read genres as separate shelves, so I’m more organized and can easily pull new content (or inspiration for new content) by looking at my favorite genres.

Notable books in this shelf; Eleanore and Park by Rainbow Rowell, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

 

Middle Grade

I have a deep love for middle grade books because the genre really speaks to my childhood. If you’re unfamiliar with the middle grade genre, it’s a lot like young adult, but geared towards a younger audience (think around 12). However there is a lot of cross-over between middle grade and young adult books, often being enjoyed by both audiences. For example, the Percy Jackson series is often categorized as both young adult and middle grade. Sometimes I will shelf middle grade into my young adult shelf and vice versa.

Notable books in this shelf; The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket 

 

Disappointing

This bookshelf is reserved for particularly disappointing books that I have read. Not all ‘blah’ books make this category, though. It is specifically reserved for books that either have a really big reputation that I felt did not live up to the hype, or books that ultimately let me down after I had been anticipating reading them for a long time.

Notable book in this shelf; The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp, Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen, Circe by Madeline Miller

 

Surprisingly Good

On a more positive note, this shelf is reserved for books that I wasn’t expecting to like, but I did. These books are all either ones that I just didn’t think I would like, or books who’s stories or characters really resonated with me in a way I wasn’t expecting.

Notable books in this shelf; If I Stay by Gayle Forman, The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

 

Book Club

I don’t have a book club, but if I did, this shelf is full of all the books I’d want my members to read! I also think these are great books for any book club to read… just saying 😉 These stories are all ones that I feel have great characters, plots, or themes that can spark in-depth discussions to go on for hours!

Notable books in this shelf; The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo 

 

Over-Hyped 

This shelf is pretty similar to my ‘Disappointing’ shelf; these are all books that I felt did not live up to the hype surrounding it. But beyond that, these are all books that made me genuinely confused as to why they became as popular as they did. In short, these disappointing books have to be famous or popular (at least at the time I read them) in some way to make it onto this shelf.

Notable books in this shelf; Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Divergent by Veronica Roth

 

Best Books Ever

This list is pretty much exactly what it sounds like! Not only are these books some of the best I’ve read and some of my personal favorites and books I feel like everyone should read at least once.

Notable books in this shelf; Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

 

Favorites

Very similar to the ‘best books ever’ shelf, but the books on this list have touched my soul, inspired me, and will stick with me forever. If I could only read the same group of books over and over again for the rest of my life, these would be it, because there’s no way I could ever grow tired of them.

Notable books in this shelf; The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

 

Historical Fiction

I honestly don’t read a whole lot of historical fiction, but that’s why I felt it was important to make this shelf. Creating shelves like this one helps an avid reader like myself steer myself into a more well-rounded read and to-be-read list. Though I will admit some of the books on this shelf are more ‘period pieces’ than historical fiction, but I don’t care enough to take them off there and onto their own shelf… yet.

Notable books on this shelf; The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

 

Non-Fiction

Every time I look through this shelf, I can’t help but chuckle to myself a bit because almost all the books in this shelf are documentations or informational pieces about ghosts and hauntings and cryptids, so I’m sure there’s a lot of debate over whether or not that actually qualifies as ‘non-fiction’.

Notable books on this shelf; The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, The Demonologist; The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren by Gerald Brittle 

 

Coming of Age

Coming of age books are some of my favorite types of stories, because they can always hit home and be super relatable no matter your age when you read them.

Notable books in this shelf; The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

 

Did Not Finish (DNF)

I very rarely give up on a book part of the way through; even if I hate it I will usually finish it just so I can look forward to writing a super awful and mean review of it, because that’s fun for me, and I’m a really terrible person. Sometimes though, a book is just too boring, or just straight up awful and I just can’t find myself to finish it, so they end up on this shelf.

Notable books in this shelf: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

 

Last Book Syndrome

I have never seen anyone else talk about this, and it is by far my number one, absolute least favorite Y.A trope/cliche of all time, though other non-Y.A book series can definitely have it too. I plan to write a whole post about Last Book Syndrome and why I hate it so much, but in short, this ‘syndrome’ is when the last book in a very popular series (usually Y.A) becomes extremely long, drawn-out, straight up boring, or seems to completely deviate from the rest of the series and gives readers an insanely disappointing ending.

Notable books in this shelf; Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer, City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 

 

Love/Hate Relationship

This shelf is kind of a funny one for me, some of these books are kinda split in half, as in I loved one part of the book but then hated the other half, but most for most, I just enjoy hating on them. I’ll talk about how dumb they are and nitpick a bunch of little things but they always end up being a guilty pleasure or I’ll like them ironically.

Notable books on these shelves; The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare, A Series of Unfortunate Events Series by Lemony Snicket

 

Creepy Crawlies

This bookshelf I have dedicated entirely to all of those ghost/haunting and cryptid books I talked about earlier. Eventually this bookshelf will fill up more and leave more room on my Nonfiction shelf for ~real~ nonfiction.

Notable books in this shelf; none.

 

On Hiatus

Unfortunately we all get reading slumps, and sometimes I lose the book I’m reading, or I just stop reading it for some unknown reason even though I’m really enjoying it. This shelf will hopefully stay as sparce as possible, but the point in having it is so that I can guilt myself into finally picking up those books and finishing them.

Notable books on this shelf; Winter by Marissa Meyer


I was going to include another list on this post, of shelves I’m thinking of adding or need to add (because there are quite a few!), but this post is already way too long, I honestly didn’t realize I already had that many shelves!

So I guess for today we’re going to end the post there. What sort of shelves do you use on your account? Link your Goodreads page in the comments and I’ll be sure to check it out!

Thanks for reading,

-Kaitie

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2 thoughts on “A Guide to My Goodreads Shelves

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  1. Love your creatively named shelves! I have Goodreads, may have too many shelves (themes, countries, genre, etc) and I like to cross-reference, so it’s organised at least & easier to find similar books for blog posts 🙂

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