A couple of months ago I was having a conversation on Twitter with Dennis Camacho when he sent me a link to a website to track the things I was reading. He had mentioned that he tried the site and thought I could benefit from using it as an avid reader.
The name of the website was Good Reads. Essentially it is a database of books. Through a free account, you can access that long list of books to track what you’ve read and what you plan on reading. In addition to creating these virtual book shelves, you can rate and review books along the way. One of the coolest features for me was the ability to be able to comment on a specific book as I read along. Along with this note is a page marker to keep track of your progress.
Initially I thought that it was really cool but was skeptical on how frequently I would actually put it to use. Surprisingly, I’ve been relatively active. I use it mostly to make notes on a book as I read it and fill up virtual shelves as I make purchases and complete books.
Good Reads also has a message board type setup which allows you to converse with other readers on a given topic. There are forums set up which allow you to join or create book clubs and generate discussion. I have not got involved in this system yet but viewing the discussions in books clubs is rather interesting.
If you are an avid reader, I would suggest taking a look at what this free service has to offer. When you setup your account, or if you already have one, feel free to add me as a friend. The site can also be used to track the things I am reading if you want to get an inside look before a particular review goes live here on Walt In PA.