Great Website for Book Reviews–Good Reads

The other day I wrote about the Coldfire Trilogy, and was thinking about some of the other great books I’ve read, and I realized that I should take a look through my bookshelf on goodreads and see which other great books I would recommend.

Then I realized that not everyone in the world knows about Good Reads. I need to fix that, well, at least for whoever reads this article.

Goodreads is the self described “largest site for readers and book recommendations”, and their mission is to “help people find and share books they love”. As of this writing, there are 30 Million members.

Goodreads has quickly become my go to site for looking up book info. Along with the website, they also have a mobile app. Here are the two biggest reasons that I love them:

Good Reads makes it easy to find what series a book is in, and what’s next.

I’ve always had issues finding what series a book falls in, and what order I should read the books in. Good reads takes care of that. Just look up the book you want, in this example I’ll use “Black Sun Rising” by C.S. Friedman.

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As you can see, it’s the first book in the list, and directly below it is the series it’s in. In this case, I’m going to click on the book.

The title of the book is followed by the series name in parenthesis.

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The best part? It’s a hyperlink to the series’ page. Just click on it.

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The screenshot above shows that “Dominion” is book .5 in the series (a prequel), then “Black Sun Rising” and after that there’s two German language versions, followed by “When True Night Falls”, which is book 2.

The only bad part about this is that at the time of this writing, it doesn’t work on the Android version of the app. I don’t know about the IOS version.

Goodreads makes it easy to keep track of what you want to read

In the screenshot above, you can see that each book has a “Want to Read” button next to it. If you have already read a book, you can mark it as “Read”, and the button will be labeled accordingly.

However, marking it as “Want to Read” will put in on your to-read shelf, which you can sort in the order that you would like to read things.

Way more reasons than this

There are many, many reasons to love GoodReads. For example:

  • you can “Friend” people, and see what they think of books, as well as what’s on their list.
  • Each book has a list on it’s page of books that “Readers also enjoyed”. I’ve found quite a few great books from those lists.
  • When you mark a book as “Read” it goes onto a list of books you’ve read. Every need to find the name of that book that was so  good? It’s on that list.
  • There are a huge number of lists of books, such as “The best of epic fantasy”. It’s easy to see what lists a particular book is on, and then find other great stuff there too.
  • Discussion groups, book clubs, the list goes on and on.

Really, check them out.

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