Tuesday, February 19, 2013

So many books....so little time!

You know the feeling – you’re in the midst of an awesome book and then ALL of your holds come in AT THE SAME TIME, and coincidentally (or not), the new release you were waiting on hits the shelves and it is one that you MUST purchase and read RIGHT THIS MINUTE.  Oh and you have that book to review for your library newsletter…

And then while you bask in the glow of ALL THE NEW SHINY BOOKS, you are brought back to reality and think – YES, I DO have to be a responsible human being and I can’t live under a rock in order to read ALL THE THINGS on my (growing on the daily)  To Be Read List … right???

Enter Goodreads, and  the Save To My List (aka: Wishlist function) of your library’s OPAC. Most libraries have this function enabled - take a peek at other library catalogs too.

YES! There IS salvation in sight!

Goodreads has a great feature where you can make lists and track what you’ve read and what you want to read and rate and write reviews for the books you loved, and hey…it’s even SOCIAL. So you can link up with others and discuss the books you've loved .. and hated ... because when you read a book you want to TALK!...right!

And, since everything is in list form you could use it as a reader's advisory tool. Plus it can be viewed on the web or in the app on your smartphone or table!

So, when you are going through your various GoodReads lists, you can go into your library’s OPAC and create a wishlist of those titles, instead of putting them on hold, so YOU control when you want to read them! With a simple click they can go from your wishlist, to your holds list, to in your hands or on your eReader!

How do you manage your To-Be-Read list?

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