A couple of years ago, a good friend introduced me to the wonderful online site Goodreads.com â€“ a free web site for book lovers. It’s a site that can do as little or as much as you want it to. Why do I love it? At a basic level, I really value the way it allows me to rate the books I’ve read, write my own reviews, and categorize my reads based on my own self-created tags. It’s a super way to personally track my reading experiences (better than any spreadsheet, and certainly better than my own memory). I also love that it operates like many social networking sites on the web, connecting me with what my friends and others are readingâ€¦and what exactly they think of what they’ve read. I’ve gotten some very good recommendations simply by reading other people’s reviews and have exchanged comments with other members about certain books. You can even “friend” and follow the reviews/posts of favorite authors [I always love to see what Neil Gaiman is reading.] But that’s just the ‘tip of the iceberg.’ You can link your Goodreads account to your Facebook account, you can participate in online book clubs and discussion groups, and apparently you can even vote on your favorite reads.
Which leads me to the secondary reason for my post. In the spirit of the recently released YA book and media awards from ALA, I wanted to share some winners from the 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards (which reports to be based on 157,000 votes for 460 nominees for books geared to all ages). THE favorite book of readers from 2010 (crossing both adult and YA categories) was Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay (which also nabbed awards for Best Young Adult Fantasy, Favorite Heroine, and Favorite Hero).
Be sure to check out some of the other winners from the YA book categories. And if you haven’t ever checked out the site, it could be a great (free!) way for you to keep track of all that you’re reading :)
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