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Engraving of a Reading Group.

Engraving of a Reading Group. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve shared the Popular Bookclub Books page before, but I didn’t go into much detail. The list shows the books that have been read by the most groups on goodreads. It’s generated each Saturday and the default is this week, but you can change it to this month or all time. The number of groups for each book is shown, but there’s no link to the groups on this page. To find which goodreads groups have shelved the book, click on the book title to go to the book page.

Kids bookshelf with German and American childr...

Kids bookshelf with German and American children's books (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the bottom of the column on the right side of the book page is a widget that shows the books that have shelved the book. Only three groups show on the book page, but clicking on the heading groups that shelved this book, will take you to a full page (or multiple pages) that lists all the groups. There may be more groups listed on this page than the number on the popular bookclub books list because the bookclub books list only counts books read instead of all shelved books.

Each listing includes the name of the group, the number of members, date of the last activity, the exclusive shelf the book is on, and the dates the book was read. Click on view details to see group discussions and reviews by the members of the group.

This can be a good way to find groups that read books you enjoy. You can also use groups to judge books you are considering reading.

To Read

To Read (Photo credit: Zach Bonnell)

To find out what the members of a Goodreads group think about a particular book, go to the group’s bookshelf. If the book is on the bookshelf, you can just click on view. If the book isn’t on the bookshelf, use the search box to search for the book and then click on view. You can do this even in groups that don’t allow members to add books. You don’t even have to be a member of the group.