With so many book sites available, it’s hard to know which ones to consider using or supporting. As part of May, I’m going to share my profile and the websites I use for both (1) choosing / reading new books and (2) advertising my own books. I’m certain all of you are familiar with and/or use Goodreads, so I don’t need to explain much about it; however, there is a Goodreads tool that I would like to discuss with everyone: LISTOPIA.
Under the BROWSE menu item is a dropdown for LISTS where you can search various user-voted books to see what is recommended for various categories like ‘Best Family Values Books’ or ‘Top Page-Turners.” Lists can be created by different users and can be as generic or specific as you like. The Goodreads Librarians will merge them if they feel two lists are similar, and authors can’t vote or add their own book to a list. I like that there are some rules around them. Let’s talk about the value of these lists:
If you are in a certain mood and want to search for a list on a topic such as “books to make you cry” or “books with a main character who has Asperger’s Syndrome,” there’s probably an available list with at least one hundred books on it. Reader’s frequently check here to find a book that maybe they’d never previously heard of or thought about. Goodreads members can either (1) create a list or (2) add a book to an existing list. You can add multiple books to the same list and choose the order for them, too. As the votes tally up, the book moves up the list to the coveted Top 10 spots.
If the list is existing, and the book is already there, you click on the VOTE button:
If the book is not on the list, you can add from the next tab:
Once the book is on the list, if you have more than 1, you can determine the order on the right side:
And if you want to check on what you’ve added or voted for, look in the upper right section… I’ve added my friends (Candace and Misty) to the list and will be working on adding others in the next week.
If you are a Goodreaders user, I’d love to get my books added to a few lists. I’ve noted a few below, but feel free to choose others, too. Thank you in advance for helping out!
Goodreads List to add FATHER FIGURE
Goodreads List to add WATCHING GLASS SHATTER
Note: Authors, let me know if you’d like me to add your books to any Goodreads lists. You can leave a comment here or private message me on Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc.