Thursday, July 26, 2007

Goodreads


I just learned about a great social networking site for book lovers called Goodreads. Founded by Otis Chandler in January of 2007, the site enables you to list which books you’re reading or are about to read, write reviews, and check out what your friends are reading. Chandler got the idea by looking at a friend's bookshelf one day and realizing what a great resource it would be if people could give and get their recommendations online. Here here! I know that I for one am dying to give people the scoop on my latest read, not that I have opinions or anything....

The article linked to this blog is from a March interview with Chandler on papermag.com. Following is an excerpt:

What books are people loving the most right now?
The book most people are reading right now is The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama. Other books being read right now are The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards, What is the What by Dave Eggers, Snow by Orphan Pamuk, The World is Flat by Thomas Freidman, and The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollen.

While it's nice to read The New York Times book reviews and other established pubs, sometimes it's nice to get the man/woman on the street point of view on things, and find people who, well...say it like it is. Like this recent review of The Memory Keeper's Daughter posted on goodreads...

"This got a lot of raves at work so I tried it. Too much navel gazing for my liking (enough already Norah!) and the interesting characters (the twins) weren't developed enough for me. And frankly I was a bit cheesed off at the ending!"

There you have it....


1 comment:

tumblewords said...

Nice post! I'll check out Goodreads...seems the national book reviews rate the authors' names rather than book content - sometimes.