3 Alternatives to Goodreads

3 alternatives to goodreads

Well. GoodReads did it. They successfully alienated bloggers and readers in one fell swoop with their “Important Note Regarding Reviews“, the mass deletion of members’ shelves and reviews, and the unspoken promise of censorship to come. Many GoodReads members are looking for a new place to catalog their reads, and suggestions have been popping up left and right on Twitter. These are the sites that I’ve tried–and judging by the commotion on Twitter, a lot of people will be switching over to options like these, too.

[information]Need help making the switch? Click here for a tutorial on exporting your books to other sites.[/information]


Riffle seems to be a sophisticated, Pinterest-esque way of showing off your favorite reads. Unfortunately, there is no import option at present, but if you’re patient (or bored), you can upload all your reads to Riffle and start over here! I like the site’s “Question” feature, which prompts you to add books to your Riffle page by answering a series of questions.


The interface is a little bit clunky, but with a CSV import option for your GoodReads library and a preexisting ARC program in place, LibraryThing is a natural habitat for book review bloggers. The only true con is that a membership fee is required in order to surpass a library of 200 books, although the price paid is chosen by the member ($10 minimum yearly, $19 minimum lifetime).


Most people I saw on twitter who were considering moving to another site were looking into (or had already joined) BookLikes. It has an aesthetically-pleasing, tumblr-like microblog interface in addition to its book cataloging features, and really simple navigation. BookLikes does have a CSV import option, as well, and is my personal pick for a GoodReads alternative.

Here are links to my profiles on the aforementioned sites:

[button background=”#a1d0ca” color=”#f8f8f8″ size=”medium” link=”http://read.rifflebooks.com/profiles/138419″ target=”Riffle”]Riffle[/button] [button background=”#a1d0ca” color=”#f8f8f8″ size=”medium” link=”http://www.librarything.com/profile/sammieclaire” target=”LibraryThing”]LibraryThing[/button] [button background=”#a1d0ca” color=”#f8f8f8″ size=”medium” link=”http://celestialcarousel.booklikes.com/” target=”BookLikes”]BookLikes[/button]

Admittedly, none of my reviews or shelves were deleted, but I don’t like the idea that they could be. I won’t be deleting my GoodReads profile just yet, but I did want to get started on importing my shelves to LibraryThing and BookLikes in case I did decide to call it quits with GR (though the LibraryThing transfer didn’t take long at all, my BookLikes transfer will apparently take a whopping 38 hours). It can’t hurt to have my reviews backed up to multiple venues.

Will you be staying with GoodReads or switching to another book cataloging site?


  • Reply Amy M. September 21, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Thanks so much for the suggestions! I’m so glad I found this post! I probably will continue to use Goodreads. I still think Goodreads is a good resource, and I wasn’t affected by the change that I know of. I probably will look into an alternative as well though.
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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire September 21, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Hi Amy! I’m glad I could help!

      I agree that Goodreads is a good resource–probably the best when it comes to book cataloging–but I do wish they had handled this situation differently. A lot differently.
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  • Reply Anya September 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I have a lifetime LT membership, but all my blogger friends are still on GR. I’ve started my BookLikes transfer, but they need to add a number of features before I’ll be able to move over full time :(
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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire September 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Anya, I’d like to get my lifetime LT membership soon. I actually really like the site. I agree about BookLikes–but I do like how informal and tumblr-like it is, so we’ll see! I imagine a lot of people will be moving on to one of the two sites, so I’m sure some big changes are inevitable, no matter what.
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  • Reply Rinn September 24, 2013 at 4:44 AM

    I’ll be staying on GR but I’ve also made a Booklikes profile and imported my books to Librarything for any friends that make the change.
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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire September 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      That’s a good call. At present, GR is still unprecedented in terms of… well, just about every feature of book cataloging, so until/unless other sites are able to rise to that level, I can’t see myself leaving GR, either.
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