By Mónica González
Has it ever happened that you suddenly find yourself on a really bad reading slump and you can’t seem to shake it off? I know it might sound unlikely with so many wonderful books out there, but sometimes it just happens. Admit it, we’ve all been there. I’ve certainly been there before. Once, it got so bad that it lasted around three years. Can you imagine that? Three years without a single story drawing you in, filling your soul? Madness!
Luckily, I had my good friend Meg to snap me out of it. She gave me a 42 book long list of must reads for every taste and genre, and that was it! I was back in the game when I discovered the stories created by authors like Libba Bray, Erin Morgenstern and, of course, Susan Dennard herself! Yes folks, if not for her, I might not be the girl constantly harassing you to indulge in the delight that is Something Strange and Deadly.
I know that, while I have some amazing, book-loving friends out there, not everyone is so lucky. Sometimes we can’t help to be surrounded by people with a more “technical” brain or just don’t appreciate the written word as much as we do. That’s when we have to take advantage of the technological resources out there, and by that, I mean you need to get on Goodreads!
Goodreads is a platform that works as a literary database where you can track what you’re reading, rate books and get recommendations based on your favorites. Basically, what you do is “shelve” the books you’ve read, are currently reading, and want to read. You can also add custom shelves, such as the ones on my account, where I’ve added my wish list, what I haven’t read yet from my friend Meg’s list, and a list for books that haven’t been released yet.
Tracking your currently reading shelf works as a digital bookmark where you write down what page you’re on. In addition to page count, you can also do a reading challenge, where you set a goal of books you want to read before the year ends and it’ll tell you how many books ahead or behind you are, as well as how many books you have to read per month to stay on track.
Their rating system works on a 1-to-5 stars range, and each book shows you the individual ratings as well as the overall score. You can also add reviews and link them to your blog so it’ll post automatically on both.
Based on your shelves and rating, Goodreads will send you a monthly newsletter so you can stay up to date on your favorite authors! Since it’s a database, you can browse through genres, authors and lists. You can also get quotes from your favorite books or even get inspired to pick a new one.
You may also join Book Clubs, answer polls, participate in giveaways, and let your voice be heard by voting on the Goodreads Choice Awards! If you needed any more reasons to get one, know that there’s even a section where you can find ebooks that are public domain or if you enjoy fan fiction you can find a decent stock there. As an added bonus, you can also link your account to not just your blog, but your Facebook and twitter accounts as well. So, What are you waiting for? Go get yourself a Goodreads account!