Goodreads — You Gotta Love It

When you’re a librarian people are always asking you, “Have you read anything good lately?” My response is always a blank stare as I begin mumbling, my mind struggling wildly to remember a title. “Um, oh yeah, lots of good books lately…. I’ve found a lot of great reads…. Just read such a good one last week….” Finally I have to admit I can’t remember anything I did the day or week before. I tell them to check my Goodreads account at

Goodreads is the best! For years I had been writing down titles as I read them on scraps of paper that I crammed in a drawer somewhere. When I found Goodreads, I began recording my books there, even categorized them onto shelves like a good librarian. I have “the best of” each year back into the ‘90s. I have a “best nonfiction” shelf, “great graphics” shelf, “all time favs” and now that I’ve gotten so many great recommendations from KDL teen librarians, I’m starting a “teen” shelf. I can also add titles to my “to read” list, and then rank them by average ratings. It’s so much fun!

What’s even better is that you can subscribe to your friends’ accounts, and get emails when they add titles they’re currently reading and see how they have rated the ones they’ve just finished. And you can compare your whole list next to their whole list and see what you have in common, and if your ratings are similar!
If you consider yourself a reader, you like lists, you like sharing great books, and you don’t mind typing on a computer, try it, you’ll like it. It’s my life line.

Any other Goodreads users out there? Or do you have another favorite online tool for recording your books? Let us know!

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2 Responses to “Goodreads — You Gotta Love It”

  1. Angie Says:

    I LOVE and tell everyone about it. I have been a lucky recipient of a few of their giveaways for advanced reader copies. Each morning, I begin my day with the quote of the day (even before a cup of tea). Goodreads is the first place I check for reviews of books.

  2. Melissa Says:

    I’m a Shelfari user myself. Whichever tool you use, the concept of maintaining an online bookshelf is great!