Reviewing Books on Goodreads!


If you don’t use Goodreads yet, hurry over and check it out. It’s a wonderful place to read and review books, compare notes about books, pick up new reads, make friends and gain followers for your own books.

I have been using Goodreads since 2013 when I first became a published author and love it! Of course there was a learning curve and I made plenty of mistakes and still do at times! LOL! Sigh. But I keep plugging away as I do with everything in life.

The staff at Goodreads are helpful and accommodating when you do make bloopers. They know me by my first name now since I have had to request their assistance many times over. They are kind and follow up to make sure you understand what you think you are doing.

I am in the top 10% of Amazon Reviewers. Here is my link to my Goodreads Challenge for this year – 100 books. I am presently at 41 books completed and reviewed. Last year’s goal was 110 and a bit high when I was publishing four books of my own. I was smarter this year and gave myself a little break at 100. Ahh! I love books and can’t help myself. I always have a book open on the Kindle app on my Ipad and one on my Nook. So many books to read and so little time.

How are you doing with your reading and reviewing? Remember all the wonderful books you have read and reviewed? What? You didn’t review them? Oh my! I am shocked! We authors will love you if you review our books please! We write for you and want to hear from you.

I love to write reviews for all kinds of books. My tastes run from mysteries to children’s books. Love them all! I enjoy hearing feedback from delighted authors after I told them I enjoyed their books. Some want me to read more of theirs, which I do.

When you make your resolutions each year, please remember to add, ‘do more reviewing on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes & Noble!’ I would love to see you surpass me at over 100 this year! Contact me if you do! I would love to hear from you. We can compare books we read and enjoyed.

Here are the links to my reviews on Amazon/Goodreads of a few books that I particularly enjoyed recently:

Hold on – Peter Darley

No More Mulberries – Mary Smith

Endless Worlds 11 -Peter Koevari, Matthew Wright & 6 others

The Hearth Stone Chronicles – Colleen Chesebro

Getting to Mr. Right – Carol Balawyder

There are many more books I reviewed on my page. Check out these wonderful books and many others there also. All my books are listed on Goodreads. Are yours there too?

Thank you for stopping by. Let’s share some reads and reviews!

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with all year through!

Blessings & Hugs,


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 39 books: 19 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 17+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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40 Responses to Reviewing Books on Goodreads!

  1. I love Goodreads too. Last year I completed a 50 book reading challenge and I am now half way through this years… 🌼

  2. I have a Goodreads account but don’t use it. My main task with it has been to disentangle books attributed to me but written by somebody else with the same name. I keep meaning to revisit Goodreads and see what else can be done with it.

  3. Reblogged this on Plaisted Publishing House and commented:
    I do wonder about reviewing on Goodreads, though after seeing so many trolls…I have so far stayed away.

    • jjspina says:

      I have receive more reviews on Goodreads than on Amazon. Most of them are directly related to do so many Giveaways t here. Now that Goodreads charges for these Giveaways I have stopped. So sad. I enjoyed doing them too.

      Check them out again for reviews. If you have a problem don’t be afraid to contact them.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Colline says:

    I try to review as many books as I can – though sometimes I do forget as I get involved in my current read.

  5. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    The focus for all of us who write books is pleasing our audience of readers. Their feedback is so important to keep our books in view of the buying public, which is why book reviewers are to be celebrated. Janice Spina reminds us that Amazon as a bookseller is not the only place to post reviews. Goodreads is owned by Amazon but at this point in time they seem to be leaving alone as far as their review policy is concerned. Which means that now we cannot post on any other Amazon country account other than our own, without spending $50…. posting a review to Goodreads means it can be read globally. This is particularly important for those readers who do not buy through Amazon but from other online bookstores or a physical bookshop. Please head over and read the rest of the post. thanks Sally

    • jjspina says:

      Thanks, Sally. I don’t think
      everyone knows that Amazon owes Goodreads. I have more reviews on GR than Amazon. Your reviews don’t automatically go to Amazon after you put them on GR. I found that out. Now I post them in both places and also at BN.

    • jjspina says:

      Thanks for your intro! 😘💕🤗xx

  6. Thank you Janice.. It is about the only place now to post a review that can be read globally and also for those readers who buy from other sources other than Amazon. Great reminder. hugsxx

  7. Annika Perry says:

    Janice, a terrific post highlighting the importance of reviews! I am a member of Goodreads and part of the reading Challenge … it’s a good way to keep track of what I read and when! Although I ensure I review indie published authors I am a bit more lax other times, hence live with a guilty conscience! I just read Sally’s comment and had no idea Goodreads were owned by Amazon! Hmmm…

  8. Reblogged this on Sharon Marchisello and commented:
    I almost never bothered to post reviews when I read a book. It was too much like writing a book report for a school assignment. When I became a published author, I realized how important reviews are…and it’s like pulling teeth to get readers to write them! I now make it a point to review every book I read and post it to Goodreads.

  9. I’m a much slower reader than you are but I do now make a point of reviewing every book I read.

  10. I am trying to read more books this year, although I know I’ll never get to 100. I have just left a review for Christine Campbell’s novel ‘For What it’s Worth’ on Goodreads today.

  11. I’ve been on Goodreads since 2012. I usually read at least 150 books a year… A couple of times it’s been over 300. At first I only did ratings for most books, and reviews when I did read for reviews, but I’ve been doing proper reviews for every book for almost two years now. Then I post the reviews on my blog too.

  12. Teri Polen says:

    I overshot on my Goodreads goal last year also, Janice – took it down a few notches for this year.

  13. Thanks for the reminder, Janice… I’ve got three books awaiting my reviews! 🙂 Happy Writing, Reading & Reviewing! xo

  14. dgkaye says:

    Good for you Janice and great share. You are a powerhouse writer and reader! 100 books OMG I don’t know how you do it. I always share reviews on each book I read on Amazon and Goodreads. I hope others would do the same to. 🙂 ❤

  15. Colleen Chesebro says:

    Wow, Jan you rock. I try to review a book a week. Thanks for including me in your great collection of reviewed books! I’m honored. Hugs for your support. 😍❤️

  16. Wow, Janice, this is a remarkable achievement! Cheers to you. 🙂
    I’m falling behind on my reading, but I hope to pick up the pace again very soon.

  17. I also review books on Goodreads, Janice. In fact, I posted to Goodreads long before I ever posted reviews to Amazon. I read and review about 4 books a month and a couple of extra ones over holiday periods. My Goodreads goal is 50 books as I work full time.

  18. Jennie says:

    Thank you, Janice!

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  20. macjam47 says:

    I love Goodreads! I am so far behind in everything, I don’t think I’ll ever catch up – reading included. Love and hugs, dear Janice. ❤️❤️

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