As a reader, I enjoy Goodreads as book-nerdy social media.
I like being able to organise and “shelve” my books so that others interested in those sorts of books can find them easily.
I like being able to leave a review and a rating for those books so that people who find them can know more about them and hopefully choose to read them.
I like the goalsetting element of the “Reading Challenge” where you set a number of books that you plan to read in a year, and then the website keeps track of them for you.
I like it that my connections there can see what I’m reading and when I’ve left a review.
And I like being able to recommend a book I’ve read and enjoyed to friends with similar interests and tastes.
I have read a wide variety of books this year – short and long, popular and… less well known, from a wide range of genres. Historical fiction, adventure, horror, romance, mystery, thriller, contemporary, fantasy, sword and sorcery, magical realism, urban fantasy, kids’ books, Christmas stories and humour… they’re all represented. I’ve found some new all-time favourites and broadened the horizons of my knowledge and imagination.
Reading through the highlights and looking at the great cover art of the books I’ve read gave me a lovely sense of achievement and brought back some great memories of books I really enjoyed.