Have you heard of Goodreads? Obviously I am someone who gets more than a little excited about books, so discovering this website/app has really got me buzzing.
Most importantly, it is free!
It offers opportunity for book discovery. One of the things I loved about living in London was checking out what everyone was reading on the tube (underground train). It was an unspoken recommendation in finding your next favourite book. That book that changes you in some small way and that you just can't put down.
On the Goodreads website, users can add books to their personal bookshelves, rate and review books, see what their friends and authors are reading, participate in discussion boards and groups on a variety of topics, and get suggestions for future reading choices based on their reviews of previously read books. Once users have added friends to their profile, they will see their friends' shelves and reviews and can comment on friends' pages. Goodreads features a rating system of one to five stars, with the option of accompanying the rating with a written review. The site provides default bookshelves—read, currently-reading, to-read—and the opportunity to create customized shelves to categorize a user's books.Goodreads, Wikipedia
It also offers the chance to try before you buy. Users can listen or read a preview of a book on the website via Kindle Cloud Reader and Audible.
And there's more ...
Goodreads also offers quizzes and trivia, quotations, book lists, and free giveaways. Members can receive the regular newsletter featuring new books, suggestions, author interviews, and poetry. If a user has written a work, the work can be linked on the author's profile page, which also includes an author's blog. Goodreads organizes offline opportunities as well, such as IRL book exchanges and "literary pub crawls". Goodreads, Wikipedia
Everyone loves a freebie!
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