I’ve recently joined Goodreads (thanks David) and I’ve been having fun recalling and rating books I’ve read over the years. I know I’ve listed only a chunk of what I’ve read, but starting with the ones that are front of mind seems to make sense.I’ve hardly listed any of the art books, for instance, and I don’t know if I’ll get around to listing all those or not.
I think I’ve foolishly harboured the silly idea that books I’ve read must also be part of the bookshelf of everyone else and it’s been eye-opening to look at the book lists of others I don’t know. For instance, I just looked at a list of over 400 books on somebody’s “read” list and noted that I haven’t read a single one of them. That individual apparently hasn’t read a single book on my list either. Fantastic.
I noticed early on that it’s important to check your settings on Goodreads. If you’re not careful, everything you do there will show up as a Facebook status update. I’m not interested in posting on Facebook every time I rate a book and at the very least I like to choose what I’m posting where.