If you’re a book junkie like me then you have probably already heard of Goodreads, but for those of you who don’t spend your extra hours with a nose in a book let me explain. Goodreads is a reading catalog website that was founded in 2007 and purchased by corporate giant Amazon in 2013. Essentially, Goodreads is a gigantic book combination of Yelp and a library. On Goodreads you have the ability to search for any book you want and then read reviews left by fellow readers.
While I don’t leave reviews myself (I save that for my TGS posts), what I do find most useful about Goodreads is the ability to create lists. I get my own book recommendations from magazines, friends, and wandering through Barnes and Noble. Goodreads lets me open their app, find the book I want and immediately add it to my “to read” list so I don’t forget about it later. Other lists I use frequently are “read,” “currently reading,” and “to buy.” Goodreads themselves also give great book recommendations based on your “to read” and “read” lists which I have been trying to use more often in my own book perusal.
Now to the entire point of this post – the Goodreads Challenge. On your Goodreads account at the beginning of the year you are able to set a reading challenge for yourself. Last year I set a 40 book challenge and exceeded it by the end of the year. This year I upped it slightly and decided to try for GASP 50 books. In January I thought that there was no way I would be able to reach it but in wild turn of events it is midway through September and I have already passed it. Oops.
If you’re ever in need of a quick book recommendation, Goodreads also does their year end Readers Choice Awards where they let the Goodreads community vote on the best books of the year in various categories and they are always A+. Check out past winners here.