Monday Musings

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?


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7 responses to “Monday Musings

  1. I really need to look up LibraryThing and Riffle! So far, I’ve used GoodReads to post reviews and look for well-written reviews for books I’m thinking about reading,

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    • I think goodreads is my favorite so far, but riffle definitely fills a different niche and is getting better all the time. LibraryThing is a little more redundant with goodreads, but it is still a second source of reviews, readers, and giveaways 🙂

  2. Daystarz Books

    Thanks for the sign up link. Im going to check that out! So far I use Goodreads and The reading Room. I had also signed up for Shelfari but don’t use it much.
    Here’s my musing:

    • I’ve actually never heard of the reading room, so I’ll have to go look that one up. I can’t find you on goodreads, but if you want to be friends there, my user name is Katie/Doing Dewey 🙂

  3. Lakeshia Artis

    Right now I’m on Goodreads. I have too many social media things going on to try something new. I haven’t joined any groups on Goodreads yet. I’ve tried and I found that I just have a hard time keeping up with all of that stuff. I love the blog thing though. I get to connect with folks like myself. Look me up on Goodreads. I would love to befriend you up there. 🙂

    • I often feel a little overwhelmed by social media. One I’ve never gotten into using for my blog is facebook, largely because I don’t use it much personally any more, I think. I’m Katie/Doing Dewey on goodreads and I think we’re already friends 🙂

      • Lakeshia Artis

        Hahaha. We are probably friends on Goodreads. I think I look more at the books you’re reading than the names. LOL. I’m a facebook fiend. I don’t now if its worth it to have a separate facebook for the blog. Its not that serious. But yes, social media can be overwhelming. It takes up so much time. I try to keep up on Twitter but its difficult too. I usually use Twitter to keep up with the news.

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