Socialize Your Bookshelf

By Shari Donk Ever since I received my Kindle last Christmas, I have become the ultimate book nerd. I always loved to read as a child, making frequent visits to the library, haphazardly picking up whatever books had a cool looking cover. Back then, the only way to get a book recommendation was through word of mouth, or by asking the old librarian. Today, the process of getting great book recommendations has become much more involved and much more convenient. Here are  3 ways to help figure out which book to dive into next:

  1. Goodreads: This app has completely changed reading for me. Goodreads allow you to search books by genre, by ratings, and by what your friends have read. This takes word of mouth to a whole new level. Instead of asking your must trusted friend if they’ve read anything good lately, you can simply browse their book list!  My favorite part about Goodreads is being able to organize your books into different “shelves” or categories. You can search a book you like, and file it away under “to read”. Instead of writing down books on paper that you will eventually lose (like my grandma still does), everything is stored right into the app and can be accessed from your app or browser. Now once you finish a book, you have thousands of recommendations waiting at your fingertips.
  2. What Should I Read Next?: I love this website because of its simplicity. All you have to do is type in your favorite book or author and it automatically populates with a list of similar titles to match your specific interests. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s effective.
  3. Poll your Facebook friends:  If you have exhausted the prior two options and are still itching for a great read, ask your network. You will be surprised at how many people will jump at the chance of recommending a good book.

Similar to TV and movies, books help bring people together and there’s nothing more fun (for me at least) then finishing an amazing book, recommending it to a friend, and having them love it as well.

Do you use social media to help find books? What other apps are helpful with tracking book recommendations? Share in the comments below!