The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.
Do you use Goodreads to keep track of your books?
I’ve been using Goodreads since 2010 off an on, but it wasn’t really until 2013 that I started keeping track of books I was currently reading and partaking in the reading challenges. And it wasn’t until this year when I vowed that if I was going to read all these books, I was going to offer reviews on those books, which led to the start of this blog.
Now I don’t post my reviews on Goodreads until after they have appeared here on the blog. Usually it takes me a couple of weeks to update Goodreads. I find the site useful for finding out about new releases and I’m always entering giveaways. I think I’ve won 5 over the past two years. I also keep track of not only how many books I’ve read, but how many pages. One year I read more than 500 books, but the majority of them were children’s books, including more than 100 Christmas books which averaged 32 pages each at most. So page count matters to me more than actual book count.
My TBR list is approximately 500 books, but about 200 of those are Nancy Drew titles. Once in a while I get around to reading something off the list, but the problem arises when new books come out, which wind up on the list, and I never seem to make any headway. Along with my Nancy Drews, I’m also re-reading books that I’ve already read, to see if time and life experiences have changed my views on a book. For example: Catcher in the Rye read as a 15-year old: life-changing book. Holden Caulfield gets me. Read as a 45-year old mother of four: whiny, elitist, privileged kid who doesn’t know what life is all about complaining about nothing of consequence.
What about you? Do you use Goodreads? What are your favorite features?
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