…any of my favorite books? You can find out, and create your own list of books, at GoodReads. A friend of mine (hi Genny!) sent me an “invite” the other day, and I’ve already compiled a list of over 100 books I’ve read. It’s very user-friendly – to start with, if you visit you can search for me as a friend (if you want to search by my location, it’s already listed as Elsmere, KY…. if you want to search by my email, it’s the Gmail acct. Shoot me a comment if you don’t have that address for some reason.) and then you can see my list of books. It will tell you how I rated them, from 1-5 stars, and if you’ve read the same book you can select your own star rating. Easy! There’s also a way to add a detailed review or comments, which I haven’t done yet.
My only complaint about the website is that is appears to time out quite frequently when I’m browsing others’ lists, so that I have to hit my “back” or “refresh” button to navigate back to a real screen. I have no idea why it does this, or if it’s “their” problem or mine. (I have an inkling that I may need to update my cookies? or allow my cookies? or refresh my cookies? or at least go eat a chocolate chip cookie….) But despite that little snag, I’m having fun using the search feature to find favorite authors and give my most beloved novels the endorsement they deserve, and it’s so interesting to see what people you know enjoy reading.
I’m adding children’s literature to my list too, and I’m going to try to set it up as separate section (“bookshelf”!) on my list. If you’ve been to my house, you know that I probably own more kids’ books than adult books – and I have a dozen boxes of those! – plus I read gazillions of kids’ books during my ECE classes and in my own preK-3rd classrooms. So I have a ton of recommendations for friends who are looking for the perfect book to start with their ___ age child who is interested in ____ right now. 😀 I’m your woman! …. or at least I will be, at some point, when I have time to do all this!