G is up for grabs on today's Blogging from A to Z Challenge - and my topic:
I'm sure there are a million websites out there, where you can learn all about the latest new releases in book titles, share reviews of books you've read, chat with others who have similar likes, and enter contests to win the hottest upcoming reads - but there's really only one site for me, and that's Goodreads.
I'm a huge fan of this site for a number of reasons, but primarily it's to find new books to add to my TBR list. And of course - I never thought I'd say this after high school - but I absolutely love to post my book reviews, once I've read something.
As well, I've met some pretty incredible writers and friends via Goodreads - and I've found some of the best books I've ever read over there. If you're not a member yet, I'd recommend stopping by and checking it out for yourself (just click on the g icon down there to your right) - it's free! Oh, and feel free to friend me while you're at it - I'd love to hear what you're reading, and add some more great books to my TBR list!
Direct from the Goodreads website, here's a little about this gem:
What Is Goodreads?
Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world. We have more than 7,500,000 members who have added more than 270,000,000 books to their shelves. A home for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more. Goodreads was launched in January 2007.
Goodreads' mission is to help people find and share books they love. Along the way, we plan to improve the process of reading and learning throughout the world.
Why We Do It
Every once in a while you run into a friend who tells you about this "great new book I'm reading." And suddenly you're excited to read it. It's that kind of excitement that Goodreads is all about.
How We Do It
Most book recommendation websites work by listing random people’s reviews. On Goodreads, when a person adds a book to the site, all their friends can see what they thought of it. It’s common sense. People are more likely to get excited about a book their friend recommends than a suggestion from a stranger. We even created an amazing algorithm that looks at your books and ratings, and helps you find other books based on what fellow Goodreads members with similar tastes enjoyed. Ultimately, it’s all based on our foundation of true-blue readers. Our members also create trivia about books, lists of the best books, post their own writing and form groups and book clubs.
Goodreads: Are you a member? What do you use Goodreads for?
You've gotta check out my great writerly friend, Alison Miller, as she plugs along on the A to Z challenge!