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After hearing about it from several friends and several teaching blogs, I'd been wanting to try it out. However, I just kept brushing it aside, thinking "I'll get to it over a break" or "Well, I can do that this summer." I knew I'd want to add so many of my favorite books and explore so much that it would take me a long time to get started!
Finally though, I realized there might be an app for it, which would make it easier to play around just a little bit at a time... and there is! I immediately started having fun on my iPod Touch marking books I'd read and new ones I want to read. Check out my new widget on the right side of my blog to see what books I'm currently reading!
Husband and I got a big laugh when we clicked "compare books" and it told us that we only have 16 books in common! We're so much alike in so many ways, but we really do have pretty different tastes in the genres we choose to read. (Although, our tastes are 87% similar for the books we've rated, so we obviously feel the same way about books that we both end up reading!)
I've already noticed that just being part of the Goodreads community makes me want to read more. For one thing, I think, "ooh, I have to read so I can show people that I finished this book!" Moreover, my "want-to-read" list (which used to live in Evernote but now has moved to Goodreads) is increasing exponentially as I look at my friends' updates and browse through the site. And finally, I'm just more excited about reading from seeing my Goodreads friends be excited about reading!
I've always thought that it would be great to use Goodreads or Shelfari with students to build their excitement about reading, and my initial experience is giving me hope that it would work. I'd like to play with both to see which one would be best to use with students, and I hope to try it with ESL students someday!
Have you used either of these sites with students? How did it go? And if you're on Goodreads, I'd love to be your friend and share books with you!