So the other day, I put up a super-long list of books that I plan on reading over the summer. This pulled my attention back to an awesome online tool that I’ve been using for a few years now, and one that I’ve been dying to write about once I get the chance: GoodReads!
I’m not sure what you could technically call the website, since it’s a bunch of concepts rolled into one giant pile of awesome. It’s basically a place where you can make lists of books that you want to read, keep track of your progress with said books, write reviews, build personal lists of books, etc. You can also search their databases for new books to read, to add to your lists. Another big part of the site (one which I, admittedly, don’t really use) is the social networking portion. The site lets you connect with a bunch of different email providers and social networking hubs to find friends who also have GoodReads accounts, and lets you follow their posts and comment on each other’s reviews. There’s also some other small features, like the Listopia section, which allows users to make public lists of books for people to collaboratively build and vote on. Some of these lists include “Best Books of the Nineteenth Century”, “Books that Should Be Made Into a Movie”, etc. Many of these lists are absurdly biased, but I’ve discovered a bunch of interesting books just by browsing on a couple of these every now and then. There’s also a book club feature, which is basically the same thing as a Group page on Facebook: invited people start threads of reputable topics, read and talk about certain books together.
All in all, I highly recommend this website for readers of all types and ages: whether you’re just looking to supplement your writing with a bit of light reading, or you’re a huge bookworm looking for another novel to sink your teeth into. You should definitely check this place out. Trust me, you’ll be glad that you did!