Imagine you’re browsing in the Library. Perusing the shelves, you stumble across a book that seems a little familiar, but you’re not sure why. You take a good look at the cover and read the blurb carefully, then open the book and thumb through a few pages, scanning the text waiting for something to click. You might have read this book before, and you don’t want to wait until you get halfway through to remember that not only did you read it, but that you didn’t like it very well. What to do?
If you’re like a lot of bibliophiles we see, you’ve probably got a (partial) list of books you’ve read, and the list is probably in a notebook full of random slips of paper, with ambiguous titles, handwriting you can’t read, and missing authors. Why not try something new, something that helps you keep that list organized?
You can download a dozen apps that let you keep a list, but only a few sites let you connect to other readers and friends, sharing recommendations, and even entering drawings for book giveaways. Here at TFPL, many of us are members of Goodreads, which lets readers do all of the above, and more. It’s a great resource for learning which books are part of a series, and you can use it as much, or as little, as you need. Plus, there’s an app, so you can check your list whether you’re in the Library, the bookstore, or even the checkout line at the supermarket.
Give it a try – we think it might help you replace that ratty notebook and let you browse the Library shelves with more confidence!