As I was getting things together to start my RITA reading challenge, I decided that I wanted to incorporate goodreads to help with reviews and in keeping track of everything I was reading. Of course in deciding this, I realized that not everybody might be familiar with it so maybe I should give a little introduction.
I came across goodreads a few years back and while I signed up for it, I didn’t really start using until just the past six months or so. goodreads is a social media outlet for book lovers. You might be thinking, oh right, just what we all need…more social media. Well, this one is a little different. My Facebook friends list and my goodreads friends list don’t have a lot in common. I enjoy the social aspect of this because all the people on here are people who are bibliophiles like myself. We all share a passion and love for books.
While I enjoy the social aspect, I actually use it for more practical/organizational reasons. I love having a place to log what I have read and what I thought about it. I keep a book journal too, but I reserve that more for the books I really enjoyed because of space. With goodreads, I can log as many books as I want good or bad. And then, based on what and how I rate, goodreads generates a recommended reading list. I do like this feature and have found several new books from here.
However, what I most enjoy about goodreads is its mobile app. This has become a go to place for me when I am in a book store. I used to have a list of books I had heard good things about and wanted to read, but I never seemed to have this with me when I was in a store. So then it just became a game of hit and miss. Does the blurb on the back sound interesting? Have I heard of the author before? How do the first few pages read? But, with the goodreads app on my phone, I can read real people reviews of books I am considering buying and by adding books I want to read to my “To Read” list, I always have my list with me when I am in a store. No more guessing games…or less of them anyways.
For my RITA challenge I will be using goodreads quite a bit.
This is my profile pic...so you know you have found me.
I have added all books in the category I am reading at the moment to my “Currently Reading”list. You all can see this list on the widget on the right side toolbar on my blog page. I will leave all the books up on this list until I have finished them all and then I will put up the new list. In addition to this, I will write reviews for the individual books on there while doing only a large category review on here. I thought it would be a good way to mix a couple of the things I love.
Feel free to friend me on there that way I can see what you are reading too!