I love the website GoodReads – a virtual bookstore you can browse 24/7 in the comfort of your own home. I am a big supporter of local businesses, especially bookstores. Unfortunately they are few and far between. The only good one around I know of is Words in Maplewood, NJ.
Goodreads provides me the opportunity to browse a bookstore (something I love doing- especially on cold, snowy days) after hours or just whenever I feel like it. And the best part? I can still go into a bookstore and purchase the books I’m interested in reading. In addition to asking for recommendations from the folks behind the counter and other customers who are there at the time, now I can gain insights based on books I have read and liked or disliked – unlike sites Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble which are just trying to sell you books. Instead it is like picking the brains of limitless numbers of passionate readers. How great is that?
GoodReads – Virtually Browsing at Home – Here’s how it works
Once you make a list of the books you have read, and rate them you can divide them into shelves like contemporary, fiction, historical fiction (just like in a bookstore). You can get recommendations from the site based on the books you like, or from friends either through Facebook or those you find who are using the site. Alternatively you can make recommendations directly to friends and vice-versa.
Below is a good example of how it works. These are books I have read and my ratings and recommendations. If you want to learn more about the titles I selected, just click on them. If you like my taste in books, please click where it says Goodreads at the bottom of the graphic to see more of my reads and recommendations.
This is a highly interactive platform, so by all means make suggestions of books you have read that you have enjoyed and those you didn’t enjoy and why.