Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
Today, I’d like to talk about which bookish websites we each use and why. Personally, I use three: Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Riffle. Here’s why:
Goodreads – I started using this site first and have found the book groups here to be one of the best ways to interact with other people reading the same book. I love the groups that pick a book to discuss each month, especially those that follow up with thoughtful discussions. Of course, it also lets me keep track of what I’ve read, let people know what I’m reading, create an excessively long to-read list, and share book reviews.
LibraryThing - LibraryThing fulfills a lot of the same basic functions as Goodreads, but I have yet to get involved in any discussion group. The primary purpose for me right now is just to have someplace else to share my reviews and someplace else to look for early reviews of books being offered as ARC’s.
Riffle – Riffle is the new kid on the block as far as bookish networking sites go and is advertised as “Pinterest for books”. I like it because you can browse books in an intuitive visual way and because you can make fun lists of books to share. For example, I made lists corresponding to my best of 2012 posts and for those books I’ve found to have really good movies. Although Riffle is currently invite only, fear not! For the next three days only I have a sign-up link just for you guys so feel free to join me there
What bookish websites to you use? If you use more than one, what different purposes do they serve for you? Any sites I don’t list here that you’d recommend?