… aka a post about goodreads.com
I started using goodreads about a week ago – after forestofglory’s visit. She showed me her to-read list and I started thinking hm, that sounds like a good way to keep track of what you’ve been reading and what you want to read …
I’ve seen goodreads described as books + social networking, and I guess that about sums it up. They have records of books which you can search (but can’t edit, unless you have librarian status), and add your personal connections to – e.g. whether you’ve read it, want to read it, what rating you gave it (stars out of 5), that sort of thing. Books are then on your “shelves” which are essentially tags – you start out with 3 shelves (read, currently-reading, to-read) which are mutually exclusive, and can add extra shelves (which aren’t exclusive) e.g. people add things like “fantasy” “own” “to buy”.
You can make friends with other users, recommend books to each other, write reviews and things like that – which is all pretty cool. But the thing I like best about it is just being able to create a record of what you have read, are reading, and plan to read. Here’s what I’m reading at the moment:
So far, I really like the site. I’m planning to use it both as a way to log my reading (which is pretty sporadic and eclectic – some weeks I’ll read nothing, other weeks I’ll read 5 books) and as a way to follow up my “oh, I mean to read that someday …” plans. The plan is: when I’m browsing in a bookstore or at a friend’s house and see a book that appeals (but that I won’t immediately acquire), I can take a photo of it with my phone and then log it onto goodreads when I get home. Now all I have to do is make lots of library requests and find the time to read them all … a week or so in and I already have 30 books on my to-read list.
Do you use goodreads (or a similar site)? What do you think of it? Do you keep a log of things you’ve read? (and how much do you read?)