Goodreads Reading Challenge Summary Link Hacking

Every year, I love participating in Goodreads’ Yearly Reading Challenge! Last year, I got lazy/ambitious and didn’t finish the 40 books I set out to read. Lazy, because I only got to 37 books. Ambitious because one of them was Edward Gibbons’ “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” which at 3,360 pages, I’m still laboring through in 2018.

At the end of successfully completing your challenge, the Goodreads site presents you with a page of statistics summarizing the books you read, average page counts, and other nerdy stats that fill readers like me with glee. But… only if you successfully complete your challenge.

Alas, I missed out on 2017’s stats page, and I thought all was lost, until I visited a friend’s page, and noticed that the URL contained a cryptic number — a number that looks like a user id! Sure enough, I grabbed the ID for my account, pasted it in, and found my stats!

Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge
Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge — “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”


The URL format is where the green 2017 is the year, and the last, orange number is the Goodreads user ID. You can find your user ID when you visit your Goodreads profile page. It’s the number in your profile URL, as highlighted in orange in the screenshot below:

Finding your Goodreads ID number
Finding your Goodreads ID number


Posting this here in case anyone else is in the same boat. Even if you don’t hit your reading goal, you should still get to reminisce about your Year of Reading!

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