Here’s the author bit: I’m on Goodreads! I got my own author page and everything, so if you’re on Goodreads, please go look me up and become a fan and/or a friend, or even better, leave The Star Prophecy a review or rating, or add it to your bookshelf. If you’ve done any of those things already, thank you so very much.
With that out of the way, let’s talk Goodreads as readers. Initially, I found the site big and clunky and overwhelming. I recently listened to a a podcast interview with a Goodreads executive, and he described the site as being “feature rich,” which I believe is corporate speak for big and clunky and overwhelming. But here’s the thing– it is totally worth the effort to learn it!
Goodreads is like Facebook without all the politics, food pictures, and complaints about the weather. Okay, so it’s actually not that much like Facebook. Goodreads is social media for people who want to talk about books, which is what I most enjoy talking about anyway. There are author groups, genre groups, reading challenges, site-generated book recommendations, and so much more. Really, it is my new favorite place on the web.
I’m certainly no Goodreads expert, but there are several books out about getting the most out of the Goodreads experience. I know because I’ve purchased a few of them. When I find one worth the time it took to download it, I’ll let you know. So far, my best advice is that you just jump in with both feet. Start by putting whatever book you’re currently reading on your — wait for it — “Currently Reading” shelf. I know there are people who add every book they’ve ever read to their bookshelves, but I don’t see me doing that. It just seems like inviting people to pilfer through my dresser drawers or look through my bathroom cabinet. I think what you read says a lot about you, and I’m not sure I’m up for that level of openness. Of course now I’ve got you thinking there’s porn in my dresser drawers and a subversive manifesto in my bathroom cabinet, so I’d probably have been better off just telling you every book I’ve ever read. Though I couldn’t care less what my friends from high school had for dinner last night or what petition a coworker from fifteen years ago thinks I should sign, I am very interested in what they’re reading. I’m nosey like that.
Long story short, if you aren’t on Goodreads, don’t let the depth and breadth of the site put you off. Go now and sign up. And since we’ve established that I am insatiably curious about what you’re reading, send me a friend request.
Have fun and happy reading.