Goodreads Reviews vs Blog Reviews // How They’re Different & Why

When I first started blogging, I didn’t have Goodreads. I don’t think I had even heard of it? But as you really get into book blogging, Goodreads becomes rather vital.
I’m not sure if you actually NEED Goodreads to be a book blogger, but it certainly helps! And you can always use Goodreads without ever becoming a book blogger.

I don’t use Goodreads and my book blog in the same way. Even though I’m chatting about books on both, they’re different platforms

I used to take my blog reviews and just copy and past them into Goodreads. And sometimes I would copy and paste my Goodreads reviews to my blog. But as I became more involved with both platforms, I realized blog and Goodreads work differently. No more copying and pasting. 

How exactly do Goodreads and book blogs work differently? Or basically, how I made more work for myself.

Longer & more detailed.

My blog book reviews are almost always over a 1,000 words. If I’m going to post something, and ask people to read it, I better have something to say. At least, I think something like that. I’ll add in GIFS, and point out pretty much everything about a book, and even try to take pictures with the book. because apparently a blog post isn’t a blog post without pictures*

On Goodreads, some reviews can be long. but most are rather short. A quick, 200 word overview about my thoughts.

I typically write them right as soon as I finish reading a book. While on my blog, reviews are planned out and I can spend time writing them. As long as I don’t wait until the night before posting it. Which I never do, of course.

*pictures are the hardest part of blogging. That is all. 

More reviews. Especially for ARCs or older books.

Compared to Goodreads, I don’t post THAT many book reviews on my blog. I try to post one about once a week, and do a recap of all my books each month.

On Goodreads I keep track of all my currently reading, and give everything star ratings. and I try to chat about each book. No matter if it’s popular or was published a long time ago.

Trying to keep track of all the books. And read. And everything else. 

On my blog, I mainly post book reviews for a few popular ARCs and my favorite books. I do post reviews for all my ARCs on Goodreads. But if I don’t have much to say about an ARC, than I probably won’t blog about it on the blog.
And of course, I still chat about my favorite books. Like when I read A Tale of Two Cities – I definitely posted a review for that treasure. But, if I read an older book that I feel meh about, then I probably won’t post a review for it.

I have done some ranting reviews on my blog, but those are mainly for very popular books that I strongly dislike. I actually kind of hate to post negative reviews, because I would much rather chat about books I love. However on Goodreads, I post ALL my thoughts. Especially the negative ones. Because that’s what Goodreads is for.

Reading updates. #currentlyreading

I mentioned reading updates earlier, and I’ll bring them up again. I absolutely LOVE goodreads reading updates. And how I can make lists of all my current reads, want to reads, and have read books.

Honestly, I didn’t even have a TBR list until I joined Goodreads.  Which is hilarious now. Because I have SO MANY BOOKS I want to read.

Me @ all the books on my reading list

Also, I just super appreciate being able to keep track of reading challenges. I’ve never been able to keep up with how many books I read each year. But Goodreads has helped me watch my reading, and I think, read more.

Goodreads Groups. The more, the merrier.

I’ve been on Goodreads for a while, and have only recently discovered the amazingness that is Goodreads groups. I still think Goodreads commenting system is kind of horrible, but I love being able to chat with groups of people.

How I picture Goodreads groups. Sometimes. 

It’s super fun to be in a reading group, and keep track of reading books together. It’s also fun to talk about the book & see what each other think. I’ve also been able to learn about more books, especially more diverse books.

Maybe bloggers also have groups, but I don’t think it’s as easy. You might have blog groups, your own followers, or a specific blog you follow. But it’s harder to join a new group of bloggers if you don’t spend lots of time exploring all sorts of blogs.

Goodreads is easier to find groups, and even make your own.

I don’t think Goodreads and book blogs compete. At least, not really. Both take up time, but they can be great for the reading community. In fact, I think they work together.

Not that you have to have a Goodreads to run a book blog. Plenty of people have Goodreads without a book blog. And I was talking about books months before I started being active on Goodreads.

Goodreads can help blogging be easier to manage, especially when it comes to keeping track of your books. I LOVE Goodreads when I write my monthly recaps. Everything I read + all my thoughts already lined up for me.

lets chat

Are you active on Goodreads? Do you have 2018 reading challenge? Do you enjoy making TBR lists or writing short book reviews? Are you in any Goodreads Groups?

If you have a book blog, do you also use Goodreads? How do both platforms work together for you? Do you post different reviews on Goodreads than your book blog?

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11 Comments

  1. April 15, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    This is so, so informative and accurate! I can’t wait to apply this and shake things up!

    • April 15, 2018 / 9:28 pm

      Ah, I’m glad it was informative, Marie!

  2. Cait @ Paper Fury
    April 16, 2018 / 7:08 am

    Yesss I’m super active on Goodreads! I’m on it at least 5898 times a day.😂 OKAY MAYBE NOT. But I love updating my “currently reading” tab with my thoughts, and it’s a lot of fun to add books and make lists etc. I actually review everything I read on goodreads first, and then a select few make it to my blog. But like more polished and coherent on my blog. Whereas Goodreads gets my badly fangirly/ranty instant views. So it can be messy. (I also hate how goodreads does comments?!?? Why haven’t they fixed this yet?! UGH.) And I really only do 4 reviews a month on my blog whereas I do at least 18 on goodreads.😂 So Goodreads is LIFE for me!! Although I ban myself from checking up on my own book because reviews can get so salty (I should know looool *dies*) 😂

    • April 16, 2018 / 7:44 am

      My Goodreads reviews are almost always first. And they’re such a rambling mess. Just me fangirling about my favorites.
      Why are comments so hard on Goodreads???? HOW HARD can it be to fix this???
      Cait is smart. Cait does not read her books reviews. 🙌🏻 Though I would filter it to just 5 star reviews and read all those. Maybe the 4 star reviews? IDK, this would be a HARD decision.

  3. April 16, 2018 / 8:14 am

    I have both and enjoy the difference you talked about. Whenever I finish a book the first thing I do is go to Goodreads so I can write my review before all the excellent thoughts I had vanish. But I also enjoy being able to discuss things on my blog in more depth, like you said. I’m doing the Goodreads challenge and I’m going for a hundred books, though I hope to go over.

    • April 16, 2018 / 8:23 am

      Me too! I run to Goodreads immediately when I finish a book. It helps to write down all my thoughts ASAP into some some of coherent review. I’ve set my reading goal at 75 books, but hope to reach 100.

  4. April 17, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    This is such an interesting post, I love it! I’m not that active on Goodreads, mainly because I probably need a thousand more hours in the day to keep up with everything and I need to chooooose hahaha, but I’m still updating my current reads and adding books to my TBR, like the bookworm that I am, I mean, I can’t help it haha. I review every book on goodreads as well, even if it’s just a couple sentences, while I only review books once a week on my blog (once again,time is missing haha) and make my reviews way more longer, with images, quotes and everything else, basically I spend a lot more time polishing my review for my blog. Goodreads is SO useful though and completes my reading experience well and my blogging experience, too, because I find out about SO many books there 😀 x

  5. Beware Of The Reader
    April 17, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    Interesting post! I tend to post the same reviews now as it was too much work to make them different. But I get what you mean 😉

  6. Vee Ramage
    May 2, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    I post my reviews to Goodreads when I’m half asleep but still able to bang out 4-6 paragraphs then when I’m coherent copy and paste them to my blog to be honest. I review every single book I read, I just don’t post DNF reviews to my blog. I don’t think my blog would fnction at all without Goodreads, I keep track of everything there, the books I need to read, how many books I’ve read, new releases, EVERYTHING. XD

    Vee @ Under The Mountain

  7. August 3, 2018 / 6:37 am

    I’ve had Goodreads for an eternity (I love the TBRs and updates are my jam). I’ve only just started to separate my Goodreads and blog reviews with less copy/paste – I think you’re right that it’s better to have different reviews for each. 😊 And I agree – Goodreads may not be strictly required for book bloggers, but my goodness doesn’t it help?

    Great post!

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