Seriously – if you don’t have one yet, you better remedy that STAT.
This is what you’ve been missing:
“Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future. Don’t stop there – join a discussion group, start a book club, contact an author, and even post your own writing.” (From Goodreads)
Look at this beautiful email they sent me today:
Once you’re finished judging me (haha I know the book recommendations may seem… questionable, but trust me – they’re pretty accurate!) I want you to acknowledge the fact that GoodReads is doing my work for me. They deliver to me my next great read. It is the mecca of serendipitous book-finding! Even their sponsor, The Folio Society, was a neat (and insanely beautiful) thing to stumble upon. (And I’m not the only one that thinks so.)
Man oh man! Talk about book porn. For those rare books that you simply must own in your home collection, The Folio Society knows how to deliver. But I digress.
I found my new favourite book, The Fault in Our Stars, through the Goodreads Choice Awards. I have saved untold amounts of money by cataloguing my favourite books online instead of accumulating warehouses full of them. Finally, I can stop hoarding my favourite books! (Granted, The Folio Society might make that a bit harder…) I am a super huge fan of Goodreads, and I encourage you to make an account.
No, they’re not paying me – I just love any initiative that helps people discover books! 🙂
LibraryThing is another great site you should try; it’s very similar, but I just happen to prefer Goodreads. However, *Librarian Alert*! LibraryThing can import MARC records, and that’s just plain cool.