I’m going to start this by saying something up front: I am ALWAYS late to the technological/online party. I’m the only person on the planet who isn’t on Facebook. I don’t tweet. I don’t text. If someone asks me for my cell number I tell them not to bother because my phone is only turned on when I have to make a call–and I’d have to look up the number anyway.
However, I’ll also say that once I’m convinced to try a new gadget or to do something online, I usually love it. I dragged my feet for years before I got an eReader—now, although real books will always take first place in my heart, I do really enjoy the freedom of my kindle. I didn’t get an iPod until about two years ago—now I can’t imagine being without my new iPod Touch—I LOVE that thing! And I never, ever thought I’d be a blogger—yet here I am with a blog that’s only 4 months old, yet has given me so much enjoyment and introduced me to so many interesting people–and books!
I say all that to lead up to this—I just set up a Goodreads account yesterday.
Actually, I took a stab at it back in 2011, but I just never kept up with adding or rating books. Up until now, my TBR list has been an actual pen-and-paper list—most listed in a notebook, but also on stray pieces of paper—in my purse, in my car, on my desk, etc. (I know. . . I know . . . don’t judge!) I’ve never kept track of how many books I read in a year, or kept track of what I’ve liked—except in my head. Having this blog, however, has prompted me to want to be more organized about what I read and what I want to read.
So—I decided to start from scratch. I purged out the titles I’d entered back when I first opened my Goodreads account, and I’m adding only the books that are currently active on my TBR list. I’ll start adding titles I’ve completed with the first book I finish in 2014.
Here’s what I’d like to know from my fellow book-loving blogger friends (who I KNOW won’t judge me for being ever so late to this party!):
- What do you like about Goodreads? What don’t you like?
- Do you review every book you finish, or do you just use the star ratings?
- How many different bookshelves do you have? What categories?
- Any tricks or tips for me? Please share!
EDITED ON 1/4/14 TO ADD–I am loving the scan feature on Goodreads! I used to take notes when I was at the bookstore–this afternoon I scanned away and added several new titles to my TBR list. (Yes–I did buy a book or two as well!)
Happy New Year’s Eve to you–wherever you are in the world! See you in 2014!