The Books We're Reading

There’s a new web tool called Goodreads that’s caught my fancy. I’ve been forever trying to keep lists of the books I’ve read and the ones I’d like to read, and Goodreads seems to be a useful way for me to put that information together easily. You search using free text to find authors or titles and add books to your various “shelves” or lists.

Naturally, there’s a social network component. You can invite friends to join, and you can browse each other’s shelves to see what people are currently reading, what they’ve read, and what they’d like to read. Additional tagging to create different shelves is also available. You can rate books from 1-5 stars, write up reviews, and make comments as well. You also receive periodic emails that notify you when friends have updated their lists. So far it’s been a nice resource to use.