You may have noticed the “G” logo on my social homes menu to the right. That is the logo for Goodreads. Some might be familiar with it, others might not be. Goodreads is a site that is a social network, but specifically for books. It can be used to track what you have read, what you are reading, and what you would like to read in the future.
Personally, I use it for all three. (My user page can be found here.) Before starting to use Goodreads I had a problem remembering a lot of the books I wanted to read. I would either be recommended a book or what to read the next book in a series, but when it came time to acquire a book, sometimes books would drop off the radar and get forgotten about. Now I simply flag a book as to-read and get to it when I am able. The downside to this is that instead of not having a new book to read, my to-read pile is fairly extensive and my to-read list is even more so. (I think it is in the 80s at the moment.)
As I said though, it is also a social network. I follow a few folks on there and see what they are reading. That has really helped me discover books that I have a greater chance of liking. It has also helped me pick up books that I wouldn’t have thought I would like, but with a trusted recommendation I gave them a shot. Not that it always works, but seeing what other folks read helps me discover new authors and expand my literary horizons.
Like any other site your mileage will vary depending on how you use it and what you want to get out of it. I also use it to track my personal reading goals. For example I shelve books that I read by genre and year. (ie – “Fantasy” and “read-in-2010.”) I had the goal to read more books this year than I did last year. I read 54 books in 2009, and I currently am sitting at close to 50 in 2010. Since it is near the end of September I should be well on track to at least hit the goal if not pass it by a comfortable margin.
If you use Goodreads – what do you like about it? What don’t you like about it?