If only my second grade Reading teacher (who very strongly disliked me) could see my reading list now:
Sorry, Mrs. Lewis...but not really.
However, one constant struggle of reading for me is that I often am at a loss for things to read, and I get discouraged when I pick up books and find that they're not to my liking. However, since joining GoodReads, I've found my problem much less difficult, and I've been enjoying reading more than ever before.
GoodReads is a social networking site centered around books. You sign up, pick a few favorite genres, and start rating books that you've read (you can even leave reviews.) Once you've started rating books, you will get customize recommendations based on the books you've liked. Once you start adding people as friends, you can see the books they've marked as To Read, see their book ratings, and read their reviews. You can even join groups that have forums for discussing certain books (some of the groups are even Goth focused.)
Here are some other features of Goodreads I love to use:
- Make themed shelves to organize your Read or To Read books (I have a shelf for all my books I need for my English and Art History majors, a shelf for Goth books, a shelf for vampire books, a shelf for Scotland-related books, and several others.)
- Record and share quotes from the books you're reading.
- Keep track of your progress with a specific book, including notes along the way.
- Answer polls and surveys about your reading habits.
- Take quizzes for your favorite books written by other users to see if your trivia knowledge is up to scratch.
- Read blog posts written by current authors who've joined up, and follow your favorites.
My For Goths shelf
I also use GoodReads to keep track of my challenge to myself to read 52 books this year. While sometimes I get behind (I somehow managed to get five books behind during exam time last semester) I've found it useful to have someone else keep track with me. Hopefully next semester's exam time won't be so stressful that I get behind again.
If you're interested in joining up (which I recommend you do, this site is so much fun) you can add me here (and then see my bookshelf For Goths here.)
If you don't use GoodReads, and don't plan on it, how do you keep track of the books you're reading? Do you at all?