Book Lovers: A Social Website All About Books
No matter how you prefer your reading material -- e-reader, paperback, leather-bound or otherwise -- if you enjoy reading, reviewing and generally discussing books, authors, ideas, then goodreads.com may be what you're seeking.
The site, run by Amazon.com is free to join with absolutely no obligations to make any purchases or even to join in any of the groups or conversations there.
Perhaps you're looking for reviews written by other book lovers, or recommendations for reading material. You can visit the site, enter author name, title, or ISBN to find specifics, or you can look in on any of the many groups by genre or interest. It's all up to you as to how involved or uninvolved you care to be.
If you join the site, you can begin to enter the titles of books you've read. Those titles will be saved on your "Read" shelf. If you'd like, you can enter a star rating for each title (1-5 stars) and optionally write a review. There's no mandated length for the written reviews and those familiar with HTML can make use of it. Once you've begun entering book titles you've read, the site will generate recommendations for other books you might like to read.
Another feature of the site, one that I make great use of, is a shelf where you can store titles of books you'd like to read. You can do this by entering a title into the search tool or anywhere throughout the site that you come across a review. There will be a "Want to Read" button that you can click on and voila! that title is added to your list.
There are many other features and options too numerous to mention, but I hope the information provided here may have piqued your interest enough for you to at least visit the site. If you decide to join goodreads.com, we may just virtually pass one another in the halls there.
(The site addresses provided are not affiliate links, but will take you directly to the site where you're free to explore on your own.)
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Feisty56 wrote on September 17, 2015, 7:12 PM
I've posted a few reviews, but have read hundreds. My list of "Want to Read" books keeps getting longer as I'm adding books faster than I can read them. I hope you won't feel intimidated about posting; perhaps after you get there and begin to feel comfortable it will ease any trepidation.
Be careful, though -- it's easy to let the time slip away as your read one, then another review. : )
VinceSummers wrote on September 17, 2015, 7:45 PM
At one time I enjoyed reading -- certain specific books. But now, I limit my reading to only the most important ones.1
markgraham wrote on September 17, 2015, 7:57 PM
I have heard of goodreads.com. It is a good reading site.1
Colibry21 wrote on September 17, 2015, 8:30 PM
I've never heard of this site. I think I'll check it out.1
msiduri wrote on September 17, 2015, 8:44 PM
I'm there. Got my author page and everything.1
bestwriter wrote on September 17, 2015, 8:48 PM
I do not read and so I would not be interested in going there but it sure is a good site for readers.1
Feisty56 wrote on September 17, 2015, 9:23 PM
If there's someone you know who enjoys reading, you might want to pass this information along.
Feisty56 wrote on September 17, 2015, 9:25 PM
I enjoy it, even though I am not very active in conversations there.
Feisty56 wrote on September 17, 2015, 9:28 PM
I think you'll be pleased with the mountains of information and conversations there. Try not to become overwhelmed -- I was initially, but am learning my way around the site a little at a time.
Feisty56 wrote on September 17, 2015, 9:31 PM
Now that's exciting! I know an author on goodreads!
Feisty56 wrote on September 17, 2015, 10:20 PM
I'd thought about joining a book club at the public library, but this site is even better to me. The idea of everyone reading the same book and sitting in a circle discussing it didn't appeal. At this site, I get to pick and choose.
bestwriter wrote on September 17, 2015, 10:27 PM
When one reads a book I think it is normally in seclusion.1
Feisty56 wrote on September 17, 2015, 10:35 PM
I explained myself poorly - I apologize. The way the book clubs here work is that they meet monthly. At each meeting, the decide what one book they all will read before meeting again in a month to discuss that book.
CalmGemini wrote on September 17, 2015, 10:40 PM
Yes ,it is as you said a very interesting and useful site.I am a regular visitor there. You have given a very correct description of the site, Feisty56 .1
Feisty56 wrote on September 17, 2015, 10:43 PM
Thank you. Are you a member of any of the many groups? I've joined one so far -- thrillers. I just can't get enough of them. : )
CalmGemini wrote on September 18, 2015, 12:04 AM
No ,I have not joined any group so far.I read lists of books,reviews by the readers,or rather opinions of readers,mostly.The time sort of flies.1
Paulie wrote on September 18, 2015, 3:01 AM
I love reading the classics and reviewing them. Thank you very much for introducing this website to me!1
MegL wrote on September 18, 2015, 3:36 AM
I have been a member of GoodReads for quite a time. It's useful to be able to comment on books by new authors you may know.1
MegL wrote on September 18, 2015, 3:37 AM
My local library has a book club too but I never joined it. They usually chose "literary" books and I seldom read those!1
Rufuszen wrote on September 18, 2015, 6:41 AM
I've looked at Good Reads, didn't realise it was part of the Amazon empire!1
Feisty56 wrote on September 18, 2015, 10:48 AM
It does, doesn't it? The time flying, I mean. I can go there to write a review and browse the site and before I know it, I've spent an hour or two!
Feisty56 wrote on September 18, 2015, 10:50 AM
You're welcome, Paulie. I hope you'll enjoy your experiences there.
Feisty56 wrote on September 18, 2015, 10:53 AM
I'm enjoying my time there and have made a few friends. What I've done is requested friendships from people who have different opinions than my own on books we've read in common. I enjoy hearing and understanding other people's viewpoints, and what better way than this!
Feisty56 wrote on September 18, 2015, 10:57 AM
Amazon's presence comes into play for the most part in that they'd like you to purchase any books you'd like to read from them. It's not a hard sell, though, just a blurb each time. I ignore it because I'm a public library goer -- why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?1
celticeagle wrote on September 18, 2015, 10:10 PM
I love this site. I get a news email every month.1
LoudMan wrote on September 19, 2015, 4:23 PM
Not another site to join. Eeeeeeek! 😀1
Feisty56 wrote on September 19, 2015, 10:04 PM
I wish I had found it sooner, but happy to have found it now. I can't seem to read fast enough to keep up with my ever-lengthening list of "Want to Read" books.
Feisty56 wrote on September 19, 2015, 10:06 PM
Entirely optional -- unless you love to read -- then you might find yourself pulled to it. : )
LoudMan wrote on September 19, 2015, 10:29 PM
I read a lot of fiction in jail. LOTS of free time there. Now, I don't read much fiction. I read to learn.1
Feisty56 wrote on September 19, 2015, 10:46 PM
The site has books both fiction and non-fiction -- they really run the gamut.
ViperGirl85 wrote on September 20, 2015, 3:37 PM
I'll have to look into this, especially since I have loved ones who enjoy reading. Thanks! :)1
Feisty56 wrote on September 20, 2015, 5:20 PM
Happy to help and spread the joy. : )
lexiconlover wrote on September 30, 2015, 1:25 PM
I'd love to have you on my GR follow list. I also didn't even notice that you wrote a article on GR, when I went to write one yesterday. Oops. Guess I should pay better attention, LOL1
markgraham wrote on October 24, 2015, 10:37 AM
Did you ever hear of the 'Online Book Club.org'. On this site you can read and discuss any book you want and even review them. On the site you can do unofficial reviews of what you read and then there are the official reviews by a few writers and they say you can be paid for these official reviews.1
Feisty56 wrote on October 24, 2015, 12:58 PM
Nothing wrong with having more than one post about a topic. Each of us has our own take on it to share. : ) I'd enjoy following you on GR, too. I'm Deb Jones there -- I think. lol
Feisty56 wrote on October 24, 2015, 1:00 PM
markgraham , thanks for mentioning this site. I wasn't aware of it. Might be a good post topic for you. Meanwhile, I'll check it out. : )
markgraham wrote on October 24, 2015, 3:56 PM
I have written on that site on a few favorite books. The discussions are pretty good too. Thanks for the idea.