My boss Kate and I have similar tastes in books. We each have experience as cops reporters, and that kind of camaraderie has shown through in many of our interests — including, literature.
We swap book suggestions and she cringes when I tell her how many times I’ve renewed a book because I’m a slow reader. And after weeks of bugging me to join Goodreads, I caved.
I resisted joining this online book club for a one main reason: the dork factor. Who signs up for a service that markets itself on grading books and then telling all your friends what you like or dislike? Well, I signed up. And it’s kind of addicting.
By creating a Goodreads account, you can connect with friends on Facebook and Twitter to see who is reading what and if there are people with similar literature interests. To get started, you need to review 20 books by giving them a star grade. After that, Goodreads will start making recommendations based on your tastes. One of the reasons Kate convinced me to sign up was because you can create a list of books you want to read — something I had previously kept in an email draft and would pull up whenever making a trip to the library.
Want to make Goodreads mobile? Download the free app. Now you can look for book suggestions while wandering the isles of your local book store or library.
Goodreads is practically giving you permission to be a creeper. I know that Kate and I have similar interests in criminal fiction and nonfiction, as well as books from a journalist perspective. It’s perfectly acceptable to steal book ideas from other people and read it for yourself.
And don’t be afraid about being too dorky by signing up. There are an array of tastes, from comic books to classics and how-tos. There’s no shame in expanding your literary experience.