Need a place to keep track of all the books you have read or want to read? My friend recently invited me to sign up at Goodreads, a social networking site for book lovers.
Goodreads allows you to create lists of books to read, rate books from 1 to 5 stars, and even write book reviews. And book lists are printer friendly so you can bring your list to the Carnegie-Stout Public Library with you!
Goodreads also lets you keep in touch with friends. You can create your own groups of friends and see what titles they have recently added to their "bookshelves."
My friend and I have had a competition for years about who has read more books. She's read over 300 books, while I am at a mere 157. My friend counts kids' books, though – that's not fair, is it?
Anyway, Goodreads has inspired me to read more. I can't wait to rate my "currently reading" book and switch it over to a "read" book. I am about 20 pages from 158 books read!!
One caveat about Goodreads: When you sign up, be aware that there is an option for you to enter the password to your personal email account, like Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, Gmail, etc. Entering your personal email account password allows you to see which people in your email address book already subscribe to Goodreads, and to automatically send invitations to those who have not signed up yet.
I chose not to enter my email password, as many people in my address book are business related, and I did not want to accidentally send an invite to a business contact.
Happy reading and happy listing!
~ Angie, Circulation Services