This was a great way for me to explore how I might use GoodReads more deeply as I feel I already am a very social creature when it comes to reading. I have a Twitter and a Facebook Wall where I frequently post what I’m reading and how much I enjoyed it or share links with my friends on bibliographies, Best of lists or reading recommendations. I have had a GoodReads account for a while and I try to keep it up to date.
I especially love reading in the sauna at the YMCA and I have book talked while reading in the sauna so it just feels completely normal for me to share my love for reading online. I do have some trouble keeping everything updated with my busy schedule, long commute, daily life as mom of a teen and, oh yeah, WORK!
GoodReads has been great for me to keep a log of what I’m reading and a star review even if I don’t have time for a written review. I also have loved sharing what I’m reading on Twitter and try to keep that up. I want to keep my blog and Tumblr going and get into reviews and I did try to get into reading on NetGalley, but TIME is the issue! When does one live life to the fullest and stop living a virtual existence? I always tell myself that I will get to this or that in the summer, but then something really fun comes up and I put it off yet again!
I have added the Read shelf widget here to my blog and I am going to try to do it on Tumblr. GoodReads is already connected to my Facebook account.
I think I also had a Library Thing account and had the widget on my library website, but I feel like I have so many places where I virtually exist that it is getting a little ridiculous keeping everything in shape and going!! Like I said before, I want to live before I only exist in the virtual reality I’ve created. LOL.
That being said, the presence I’ve created on Twitter, Facebook and GoodReads has its benefits and I do follow the recommendations of friends and followers alike. I especially enjoy following authors on Twitters, I’m trying to win a book constantly on the GoodReads giveaways page and my friends are always sharing great books on Facebook. I also find myself in a chat occasionally on Twitter – I’ve either followed or participated in a #titletalk or two!
Social reading definitely has its benefits. I really LOVE the idea of NetGalley and I have an account – where you can get an ARC (advance reading copy) or GALLEY of the book before it is published. They do want you to promote the books you read in some way and I have no problem tweeting or blogging a review if I have the time! I’m really hoping that I can get some good NetGalley summer reading in and it has helped me to develop my collection, learn about new authors and explore new genres.