Why You Need a Goodreads Account

Photo from rachel sian

Photo from rachel sian

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:

Photo from my inbox

Photo from my inbox

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.


4 thoughts on “Why You Need a Goodreads Account

  1. I love that you are trying to raise awareness. I constantly find myself promoting GoodReads whenever I’ve had more than 1 glass of wine. :p

    The reason I use it religiously is because it helps me keep track of what I want to read. For my entire life, up until I discovered GoodReads, I could never remember what books I wanted to read next, even though there was always a long list that I had lost somewhere in the back of my brain. GoodReads helps me keep track of that list!

    • Thanks, Nina! I’m always shocked when people haven’t heard of Goodreads, but very happy to inform them – I’m glad I’m not the only one! 😉

      Like you, I always had random lists in my mind and on scraps of paper… but Goodreads is a much better way to organize book lists. And it keeps me from having to buy every book ever, purely to keep track of old favourites.

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