I know this will come as a shocker, but I am an avid reader. I know. Do you need a minute to digest?
So I was thinking about what I was going to read for March Break. It takes careful planning you see. It can’t be something too heavy. Usually a nice fluffy series, or a mix of YA and Adult fiction. I have to get it just right.
Then I thought about how I was going to use the iPad during the break. How I am going on a whole bunch of minitrips and could use my iPad instead of my laptop.
But the problem is, I like to keep a list of all the books I’ve read. This is partly because I am a librarian with a bad memory and need something to remind me of what I’ve read so that I can then recommend the right title to the right person. It is also because I am obsessive and love lists.
So. I use two sites to keep track of my books. The first is Librarything, which I have been a member since 2007. The other is Goodreads. I only joined Goodreads because that is where the bookshelf for my Book Club lives, but I have since enjoyed its other many features.
I have been making half-hearted app searches to see if either one of these tools has come up with an App, and lo and behold, today I hit the jackpot! Though LibraryThing still has no iPad offering, GoodReads has a nice little app.
If you don’t have an account already, it is very easy to create one:
Once you are signed in, you automatically arrive on the updates page. This shows you the activity in your community. As you can see below, my friends from across the country seem to be reading the new Murakami ( i have just downloaded it as an audiobook, so I am looking forward to some online discussion!):
The “My books” tab allows you to view the books in your library:
You can also sort your books in different ways:
This took a while to work- At first I was seeing random books from my library. I prefer to view them by the date I read them, but having the other options could be useful.
Weirdly enough, I’ve read several books between Montmorency and The Magician King. So I guess there are a few glitches, though I don’t think it is the app- I just went on the site and they seem to be having trouble at the time I am writing this. rest assured, it is not a normal event…
Most importantly, you can also add books from your iPad:
To do this, you have to tap on the Search function. Once you have found the book you want to add, scroll down and tp add to my books.
You can choose what “shelf” you want to put it on:
All of the functionality of the actual sight, the Goodreads app, makes me very happy.
And, if you are like me and wondering what to read during March break Goodreads’ has an awesome selection of user-generated lists of books by genre:
The More tab allows you to follow your firends as well as change the settings:
Check it out!