Review: Goodreads

Lately, I’ve been convicted about not reading enough.  Maybe convicted isn’t the proper word, but it sounds harsh enough to be accurate.  I love playing video games, but the fact of the matter is that becoming a gamer made me no longer a reader.  I’ve decided that it’s time to bring the reader back.  Its not as easy as you might think.  First, I don’t read as fast as I used to (being out of practice), but secondly,  I don’t have as much time to read as I used to.  With a family and a job, I collapse exhausted into bed most nights.  What I need is something to help me keep up my motivation and track how I’m doing.

That’s when I found Goodreads, courtesy of Jeff Green’s Twitter. On a whim, I signed up.  One thing I appreciated off the bat, is that the site gave me something to do.  It was time to start entering books I had read.  I enjoyed the fact that as I entered the books, I could look through different editions and pick the one with the cover that matched mine on my shelf.

By the time I was done entering most of the books I could find on my shelf,  I felt like I’d invested enough time that I should see it through.  I entered the books I was currently reading, as well as the books I needed to read that were either laying around my house from friends or had been recommended to me.  Then I discovered their iPhone app.  Now I could track where I was in my book and add instant thoughts from anywhere.

So far, I’ve found Goodreads to be a fun resource, and something that’s helped me be more excited about reading again.  The interface is simple and well laid out, the iPhone app is easy to use, and it’s helping me keep a good inventory of my books while planning ahead for what I need to read in the future.  The only thing I’ve found lacking is that I don’t have many friends on Goodreads.  There are very few people I know that I’ve been able to join up with.  If you’re reading this and think Goodreads sounds like something you’d benefit from (or you’re already using), feel free to add me as a friend. Regardless, I hope you’ve got the time to enjoy a good book.

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One thought on “Review: Goodreads

  1. This sounds pretty cool. I recently was suffering from the same malady (gaming over reading). I also made a renewed commitment to reading because I believe it’s important and because it’s a heck of a lot of fun.

    I’m going to have to check out Goodreads, but for the last year or two I’ve been keeping track of my reading list at my personal blog: http://knightowl73.wordpress.com/

    I’ve got a page dedicated to my reading list, the books that I’ve read, and links to any reviews I may have written about them. I feel like it’s good for keeping me accountable and making sure that I always have another book lined up to read any time I finish a current one, but it’s kind of a pain to keep up the page up to date. I’ll have to see what sorts of things Goodreads can offer — and see if there’s an Android app.

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