Social Sites for Book Lovers
January 13, 2011
As a library user, I get plenty of use from that little green card that I am issued. Last year alone, I read over 100 books. I am not alone in that volume of reading; ask any avid reader how difficult it can be to keep track of all those books you have read or want to read. I have talked to many other people who also utilize the library often, and they run into the same problem I do. Many like myself, have kept lists of books, authors, and series they have read. Some just try to remember, and if they check out a book that they discover they have already read, it's no big deal since the library is a free service. But, writing all those books down and keeping them organized can be a huge hassle. I have a solution for some of you like-minded organized types: how many of you have heard of Shelfari, Goodreads, and librarything.com?
Shelfari, goodreads and librarything.com are all social sites for book lovers. They are all free, and allow you to compile lists of read, currently reading, and to be read books. The wonderful thing about these sites is that no matter your preferences, there is a format for you. All three have an easy-to-use way of keeping track of which books you read, when you finished them, and how you liked them. They all have great administrators that keep the books up-to-date with series, editions, etc. The most beneficial aspect of an online list as opposed to a paper list is that you can rearrange them at will by author, title, date added, and other options. This makes it easier to find what you are looking for.
The other benefit to social book sites such as these is that they include groups. Within these groups, people with similar tastes and interest can get together and chat, start an online book club to discuss current reads, or pass recommendations back and forth. So, check these out. As I mentioned before, they all have slightly different formats, so go to them all, browse through them, find the one you like, and start organizing all those titles and authors in your head.
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