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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 site.


Themes that support the Site Editor do not use widgets, so you won’t see Appearance → Widgets in your dashboard. Instead, you can edit all of your site in one place at Appearance → Editor. Click here to learn how to use the Site Editor.

How to Add the Goodreads Widget

To add the widget to your site:

  1. In your dashboard, click on Appearance → Widgets.
  2. Choose the location where you’d like to place the widget on your site. Common options here include the Footer and Sidebar, but this may be different depending on your theme.
  3. Click either of the + block inserter buttons (see right) to see a list of all the available blocks and widgets.
  4. Scroll down to the Widgets section and click on the widget once to add it to your site.

For more general information, see this guide on working with widgets.

The Widgets Editor with highlights on the + Block Inserter at the top of the page and in a widget area.
Block inserter buttons

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

Set Up the Widget

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If you are a Goodreads Author and the ID isn’t working, see these steps below.

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, the change will show up automatically in the widget.

For Goodreads Authors

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