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Widgets »Goodreads Widget

Goodreads provides a service that allows you to share your reading lists with friends. The Goodreads widget allows you to feature some of the books you’ve listed in the sidebar or footer of your WordPress.com site.

Once you’ve added the widget to your WordPress.com site, you can expect it to look something like this:



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Set up the widget

To set up the widget, you need to sign up for a Goodreads account. Once you’ve created an account and signed in, go ahead and click on your avatar to see your profile page. The profile link will be near the top right of the Goodreads site:

Next, you’ll need to collect your numeric user ID from the address bar in your browser. You’ll use this in a minute to set up the widget, so keep the ID handy. It should look like this:

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All you need is the numeric part, so copy the numbers and prepare to paste them into the WordPress.com widget.

Note for Goodreads Authors: Your author ID may not match your user id. If you enter the id as retrieved above and it doesn’t display your bookshelf, you’ll need to fetch your ID from your public author page. To do this, select the arrow next to Follow Author, and for the ‘Add as a friend’ option, right click and select ‘Copy Link Address’. The first number in the copied link is your User ID.

To add the widget to your site, go to My Sites → Customize → Widgets. Click on the location you’d like to place the widget on your site (either a footer or sidebar location). Click on the Add a Widget button. Next, type “Goodreads” into the search bar and click on the Goodreads widget to add it to your site.


Add your Goodreads ID in the Goodreads numeric user ID field. You can choose to display one of the default shelves Goodreads provides. They are “Read,” “Currently Reading,” or “To-Read.”


You can specify your own title by replacing “Goodreads” in the Title field.

Your handy-dandy new sidebar widget will now show the five most recent books ordered by date added to your account. Any time you make changes to the shelf you’ve specified at Goodreads.com, the change will show up automatically in the widget.

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