In a world where many people are addicted to their smartphone, it is important to make the right choices. Which apps are useful and handy? According to me, one of those apps is Goodreads.
Find and share books
Goodreads is an American social cataloging website and a subsidiary of Amazon. Their mission is to help people find and share books they love. They were launched in January 2007 by Otis Chandler and Elizabeth Khuri Chandler. In 2007 they had about 650.000 members, in 2019 they had 90 million members. Otis Chandler writes on the website of Goodreads:
“It is a place where you can see what your friends are reading and vice versa. You can create ‘bookshelves’ to organize what you’ve read (or want to read). You can comment on each other’s reviews. You can find your next favorite book. And on this journey with your friends you can explore new territory, gather information, and expand your mind. Knowledge is power, and power is best shared among readers.”
Make your own list
It’s like a social media platform where you can connect with friends who also have an account. You can search a book in the database of books, find quotes and reviews. You can make your own reading lists. Like books you want to read, books you are reading now and books you have read. You can make your own tags, so you can easily organize your books.
I really love this app. As I like to read, it is an easy way to list my books. I can also check which books I already have at home. The reading challenge makes it nice to challenge myself to read more books. But what I like the most is the timeline with updates from friends. As I can see what my friends are reading and what books they want to read, I get inspiration. Also the recommendations are good.
I warn you before you download the app: your list with books you want to read only becomes longer and longer. Enjoy your reading!