Posted on March 19, 2014 at 6:00 am
by Amber W.
On a yearly basis I would compile a list of my favorite reads of the year and email it out to friends and family with similar tastes. Then early in 2007, I discovered Goodreads and the revolution began. What an awesome way to track what I read, follow what others are reading, and share my favorites.
With a simple-to-set-up account, Goodreads features include: rating books on a 5 star scale (which I find a little limiting and the only negative about the whole site), writing reviews, setting reading goals, following friends, following authors, and book statistics. In addition, there are online book clubs, tons of suggested read-a-likes, author chats, and a never ending book quiz. Last question answered- In Anna Karenina, who is Anna in love with?
Goodreads even saves the number of pages I’ve read for me automatically (I read 22,044 pages in 2012!). I once attempted to keep track of how many pages books were to see how long it took me to get to a million pages, but laziness won out and I didn’t bother with a few years’ worth of tallying.
LibraryThing is another site that offers similar services but has a cost associated after 200 books and less features available. Goodreads is not only completely free but I know after nearly 6 years of use I’m still not using it to its full potential.
Once you have your account set up, you can import your book lists and ratings into Book Psychic to get personalized book recommendations based on what SCLD owns.