This week I am looking at the online places I go to read about books and what others are reading. Some I visit more often than others and as I go into 2021 I’ll be thinking about how I use each.
All the book blogs I visit are rich with ideas for what books I might read some time into the future. I think I use blogs the most in deciding what new authors I might try.
I happen to use Goodreads quite a bit. I keep track of what I have read and what I want to read there. I usually update it as I finish a book or when I start a book. I also use it when deciding to read a book. What do the readers I follow say about a particular book. It does influence me in that way. If a reader I respect is cautious about a book, then I am likely to reconsider.
I have only started using this place this year. I didn’t find it very useful until I asked them to change me to the USA version, which is much more detailed than what I initially had. This is a place I intend using a little more in 2021, as its a place authors seem to value the support of a review.
Modern Mrs Darcy
At present I belong to the book club, and follow the monthly choice of books, although I don’t always read them. I don’t really frequent the boards there very much as I find there aren’t a lot of readers with my reading taste. However I like the video interviews and Zoom discussions about books and that’s mainly why I stay there – for now.
There are so many groups that have reading as their common ground and I follow quite a few authors there. I don’t join in on discussion, although the Emilie Richards Reader Page is one place I do join in and also Susan Elizabeth Phillips Seppies reader group which is a small group of those who were on an old Board of hers and now share what each one is reading.