Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Goodreads, anyone?

For months I've been collecting invites to (a book sharing website) and finally sat down to look at it today. It's been very time intensive to try to set up, and I know I've barely scratched the surface. (I've only added books to my list as I've looked over others' lists, because there's no way I can remember all the books I've read.) I like the idea of keeping a running list of books I'd like to read, since I've never been organized enough to do it on my own. I also like seeing what other friends thought of them using a simple rating system.

But I'm curious about two things. First, who else here has signed up for goodreads? And second, is this one of those sites that seems like a good idea in theory but is too involved for people to really use on a regular basis? I just noticed that a lot of the friends that I was looking at today haven't accessed it in months. So I'm curious what everyone else's experiences with it are. Please share!


  1. I've been using Goodreads for about a month. It might be the novelty, but I log on a couple of times a week. As you say, it has been most helpful to keep track of the books that I want to read. I've also been led to a few really good books that my friends have recommended. It does seem to have a lot of "options" (sorting your books into shelves, writing reviews for every book you've ever read) that, if used, make it unwieldy but I like the simple stuff: the starred ratings, viewing my friend's lists, and keeping track of my "to read" books.

  2. I really like goodreads. I only have a few friends but that seems to work for me. I love using it to keep track of the books I want to read. It's so easy to have them all in one place and then when I'm making my library requests I can pop over there and see what I like!

  3. My library district already offers most of what these differ websites do. I put a lot of effort into Shelfari and then never used it again. My library account has a place where I can save titles of books and sort them however I want and then when I want to read it, I just click on "hold". And my library has newsletters it sends out once a month for each genre of my choice with book suggestions.

    If my library weren't so stinkin' awesome, I would probably use such a service.

  4. I like goodreads because you CAN leave it for a month or two and still go back and catch up on it. I like that I get emails from goodreads when someone changes things on theirs. However, if I had as awesome a library as jenny, I might not. My library is probably THE WORST around. It's depressing. Every time we have a book club, at least 2 or 3 people have to buy the book and pass around...