Another Opportunity – Shelf my book on Goodreads

The Deal

As many authors know, Goodreads has an enormous amount of readers logging in everyday writing reviews, recommending books, and participating in forums.  Similar to Amazon “tagging” and their customer communities, Goodreads has a feature called “shelves”.  From their website they describe shelves as follows:


You start with three default shelves (read, currently-reading, and to-read), but you can also create your own bookshelves. Shelf names range from classics and coffee-table-books to childrens-lit and sci-fi — you can create any category that suits your personal taste. Some of our favorite shelves include to-reread, guiltypleasures, chicklit and overrated-drivel

When you “explore” books on good reads, you find the following page:

click on the image to go there!

click on the image to go there!

As you can see, there are a number of “popular” shelves.  For example the “young adult” shelf has 25, 329 books!

Wouldn’t it be great to be the top book on the “young adult” shelf?  Unfortunately, that’s a big task, you’d need 1270 people to put your book on that shelf.  That’s a pretty big task (twilight has the top spot – surprise surprise).  But other shelves are not as crowded.

I’m going to show you how to create a shelf and add a book to it.  Here we go!


Create a shelf

I’m going to use Dee Marie’s book Sons of Avalon to illustrate how to do this.  First go to the goodreads page for the book you want to shelf.  At the bottom of the graphic, you can see a section  called bookshelves.  I’ve already placed it on the default “read” shelf as well as a custom “arthurian legends” shelf.  Now I’m going to add a custom shelf call “good read” and place the book on that shelf.

The first thing to do is click on the edit all the way at the end of the bookshelves line.


Choose Shelves

What you will see is a drop down box appear with the standard choices “read”, “currently reading”, and “to read options”.  Below that there is an option to add new shelf. Here, I’ve type in the new shelf name “good read”.

Once I type in the name of my shelf, I click on create and viola, the “good read” shelf is now a choice for my custom shelves.

I can add Sons of Avalon to this shelf by clicking on the box next to the newly created “good read” shelf.

The Result!

Now when I go to the “good read” shelf, here’s the result – Sons of Avalon is number 3 on the “good read” shelf!


New page on TMBOA

For goodreads authors who would like to participate in the “shelf my book on goodreads” project, go to the “Shelf My Book” page and leave a comment which includes:

* The Link to your book on goodreads

* The name of the shelves you’d like your book placed on (around 4 to 5 shelves)

Your book will then be listed on the “Shelf My Book” page where others will go to shelf it!  Please visit the “Shelf My Book” page and shelf other author’s books on Goodreads!  Good luck!



Filed under Shelf My Book Instructions

11 responses to “Another Opportunity – Shelf my book on Goodreads

  1. This is such a great idea. Please count me in. The name of my novel is Patches of Grey and below is the url to its page on Good Reads.

    Tag suggestions: literary, urban, literary urban, African American, contemporary fiction


    – Roy

  2. This is great. Here’s my link on Goodreads:

    Suggested tags: chicklit, southern fiction, literary fiction, contemporary fiction


  3. Count me in for this too. Here are my links and suggestions:

    Cry for the Moon (Suggested shelves: Christian fiction, Christian fantasy, Southern fiction, juvenile fiction, Texas fiction)

    Beneath a Star-Blue Sky (Suggested shelves: Christian fiction, short stories, juvenile fiction, Christian fantasy, fairy tales)

    The Prophet of Rain (Suggested shelves: Christian fantasy, Christian fiction, juvenile fiction, high fantasy, inspirational fiction)

  4. I’m not sure how this goes but count me in.

    My links:

    Tags: adventures, childrens illustrations, childrens books
    suggested sites: childrens, adventures, fairy tales
    Tags: christian romance, christian book, love story

    Suggested sites: christian fiction, general,

  5. Richard Palombi

    My links:

    http// the Door, Richard/ Richard Palombi/1-60076-126-7
    tags: memoirs; nostalgia; humor

    suggested shelves: memoirs; general; humor

  6. Please shelf my book:

    tags: historical fiction, Scotland, time travel, medieval, music

    Shelves: historical fiction, Scotland, time travel, medieval

    My book is currently open to sign up for the give-away, and is listed on the music list if anyone would like to vote for it.

  7. Okay! I will play. Here is my book link.
    Please shelve my book under
    Marriage Help
    Relationship communication
    Marriage Advice
    Marriage Communication
    Relationship Advice
    Marriage Book
    Relationship Book

    Thanks so much and I will add to your sheves.
    Brett R. Williams

  8. Hi Todd,

    Excellent idea,

    The name of the book is: “Gatekeepers – The Quest for Clues to an Age-Old Riddle”.

    The link is:

    Second Coming
    Bible prophecy

  9. We always seem to be thanking you, Todd. Save a seat for me, please!

    Novel Title: Mangroves and Monsters


    Shelves: fiction, romance, suspense, mystery-suspense, contemporary-fiction, contemporary-romance, romantic-suspense

  10. Todd, I hope I am not too late to take advantage of this:

    Here are my two books:
    shelves: childrens-book, fairy-tale, fantasy, juvenile-fiction, magic

    shelves: childrens-behavior, childrens-manners, childrens-sports, good-sportsmanship, parenting,

    Thank you!
    Leslie Susskind

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