This post originally published on a previously-owned blog and was imported here to simplify my life. Please excuse any confusion due to this merge. I hope you enjoy the content!
I’m a list maker. I make lists to track things, to remember things and just to have something to mark off things. I’m also a reader. I read all the time when I was little, got a little burned out during college, but then quickly picked up my love for reading soon after graduating.
Since I was very young, I used to try to track books I’ve read, books I want to read, books I never ever want to read, etc., but that never really got very far. Goodreads.com is probably my favorite website ever. It can be as simple as you want it to be – just tracking books you’ve read – or you can use it for all sorts of tools. A couple of my favorites are:
1. There’s this handy dandy button by the side/bottom of every book on the site. If you’re a reader, I’m sure people have recommended books to you before and you just can’t seem to keep track of all those little scrap pieces of paper! Well, all you have to do is pop on here (computer OR phone app) and click “want to read.” It’ll save it forever for you in one spot.
2. In our latest “let’s sell everything we own again” weekend, I had to make the hard decision of parting with probably a couple hundred books. For ones I had read, I set up my phone app to “multiple scan” directly into my “Read” bookshelf and zoomed through piles of them in moments. For those I didn’t want to forget that I had at one point wanted to read ( 🙂 ), I set it to scan to my “To Read” bookshelf on GoodReads. It was ridiculously easy and the beep it made was fun, too. Like I was a fancy little librarian just doing her thing…haha.
Besides just tracking, I have used it several times to refer back to lists and look various things up, too.
You can also see what your friends are reading, how they rated books, their reviews of them if they wrote any, and all public reviews/ratings of any book, too. You can turn off or on as many notifications as you want. You can join book clubs if you want. You can become fans of your favorite authors. There is just a lot happening here, folks. Some people use it like facebook with the comment functions and “friends” groups and private messages, but I guess I’m not really into all that.
Anyway, it’s a sweet website and I just wanted to say that. 🙂 Happy stay-off-the-roads day (easy for us, we’re house sitting in the boonies)!