Goodreads, the largest recommendation site for book-lovers, already launched way-back in 2007. Imagine my surprise when I’ve just recently discovered this wonderful community of fellow-readers! For those of you who are still Goodreads-virgins, here is a little more insight on this online library.
As a first-timer, I was a little overwhelmed, to say the least. The homepage has quite a lot going on, especially if you don’t know what exactly it is you’re looking for. But after exploring for a while, I was amazed by the number of tools this site has to offer. So, what can you expect when you sign up* to Goodreads?
One amazing feature of Goodreads is that you can create your own customised bookshelf. Here you can add all your books and sort them into three different categories: read, currently reading, and to-read. With past reviews and ratings already connected to every book, you have instant access to all the info you need, neatly organised in your personal online library.
Real reviews from people just like you
Instead of judging a book by its cover, or relying on what that one critic in the media said, you can read real and honest reviews from fellow-readers across the globe. Whether it’s friends or strangers, it isn’t hard to find people on Goodreads that you can relate to. Follow the people whose reviews you find interesting, and you might just discover a whole new world of books you’ll love.
Fit into one of the 20 000 book clubs
Create your own, or become a part of one of the many groups on Goodreads. Scroll through a list of groups in different genres or areas and find your ideal book club(s). Here you can discuss different opinions, recommend your favourite book, or even make new friends.
Unlimited access to all the content you need
As a Goodreads user, you will have endless entertainment. I won’t blame you if you spend hours at a time on this site scrolling through the content. If the reviews still left you filled with doubt, you can read (or listen) to a preview of a book using Kindle Cloud and Audible. Explore the different literature quizzes, trivia and book lists the site has to offer, or stand in line for some rad free giveaways.
Sign up for the monthly Goodreads newsletter
Members can sign up for the monthly newsletter featuring new releases, recommendations, author interviews and – wait for it – poetry. This will keep you up-to-date with the latest literature trends and news, so you’ll never feel left out in a room full of bookworms.
Are you ready to embrace your inner nerd, like I did? Download the app via the Android or IOS App Store or head over to goodreads.com
*Did I mention it is completely free to sign up?