Posted by: Katie B | February 3, 2013

Goodreads – A Book Lover’s Best Friend

I first heard about Goodreads almost three years ago.  At the 2010 RUCCL conference, several industry professionals were giving a lecture on social media, and Alvina Ling (I remember in particular) brought up Goodreads.  At the time, I had no idea what she was talking about, but over the years, more and more people have referred to it both socially and in the professional milieu.  Admittedly, it took me three years to get organized enough to sign on (my typical turn around on social media), and I wish I’d done it sooner.

I’ve been blogging on my website about books I’ve read, books I’ve wanted to read, and my top-picks for a long time.  As my list of titles grew, it became harder to manage the volume within the posting format.  Not only that, but I would receive book recommendations from all different sources, and I was having a hard time keeping track of all the books I wanted to read.  Goodreads takes care of all those problems:  tracking, organizing, rating, reviewing, making to-read lists, have-read lists, top-pick lists, and more.

At Goodreads, I can easily load the books I’ve already read, categorize them as I wish, add my own reviews or ratings, and share them with friends who might be interested.  In another section, I can keep track of all the books I want to read.  In particular, if a book pops up from another source – say a friend on Goodreads has read it and it catches my eye – I can quickly mark it as something I’d like to read.  Before I forget.  Previously, I’d hear of books from friends or industry professionals and try to jot them down before I forgot the title we’d been discussing.  Then I’d lose the paper.  Or I wouldn’t have my phone with me to add the recommendation to my notes.  You get the idea.  Now, I have them all in one place.  Plus, if someone asks me what I’ve read recently, I can pull up Goodreads and show them.  They can read a summary of the book, see my review or the reviews of others, and decide if the book is for them.  The options for book lovers to record and then swiftly share our passion amongst friends are very handy.

Oh – and addicting – but I digress.

Lastly, since Goodreads is so easy-to-use and all about books, I could see it being accessed by everyone.  I’d even let my pre-teen set up an account on Goodreads – well before I’d let her open a Facebook account.  She can become a fan of her favorite authors and get recommendations of books that might interest her based upon her past reading habits.  What a great way to open up all the book options that are out there to kids who might feel limited by what they see in the classroom.

But enough about Goodreads – go check it out for yourself – and check out my page.  Share some books with me!  Hope to see you there!

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