Well, 10 million members beat me to it, but I finally found Goodreads, and if you love books, you need to check it out.
I love sharing on this blog cool new things I discover, but I’m a little embarrassed a book lover like me — who even reviews books on her blog! — didn’t find such a cool website until I became a fledging author. My bad.
I ran across it three weeks ago when I was researching ways to promote my new memoir, and now I can’t believe I haven’t signed up sooner.
Here’s how Goodreads describes itself: “A home for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more.”
Some of the “much more” includes interacting with authors (which, of course, I think is pretty cool). But even if all one does is find new books, it’s amazing. A member starts by rating books she’s already read, which automatically generates ideas for the next good read — brilliant!
If you like reading — even a little — check it out and sign up (and, if you’re so inclined, click “add to my books” to read “The Percussionist’s Wife”).
Here’s a few of the recommendations Goodreads made for me:
- “I Write What I Like: Selected Writings” by Steve Biko.
- “Someone Knows My Name” by Lawrence Hill.
- “Making a Literary Life” by Carolyn See.
- “Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard” by Liz Murray.
- “The Wisdom of No Escape: How to Love Yourself and Your World” by Pema Chödrön.
What’s on your “To Read” shelf?