I recently had a neat Twitter conversation about Goodreads versus Shelfari. One of my Twitter followers has used Shelfari for years to catalog her books, but everyone I know uses Goodreads. She wasn’t sure if she’d want to go through re-entering all her books on Goodreads because apparently she has a lot.
I like Goodreads because I have enjoyed the readers groups there. I especially like Christian Fiction Devourers because they’re a nice bunch of people and pretty active in their discussions. I’ve had a lot of great book recommendations from the readers there.
I got a Shelfari and a Goodreads account at the same time, years ago. I didn’t much care for Shelfari mostly because each page took longer to load on my browser/computer than Goodreads. I’m not sure if that was a great reason to choose to use Goodreads over Shelfari, but there you are!
Now I use Goodreads a lot—I visit the site at least once a day or once every other day. I don’t use it to catalog my books—I have a separate program on my computer that does that. I use the program because I also include books that I no longer own but that I’ve read before, so I can remember what I’ve read and what I thought about it. So the program has thousands of books in it, but I only own a percentage of those.
When I got around to using Goodreads, I already had thousands of books in my computer program and didn’t want to spend so much time inputting my data onto the site. Now, I record my books on Goodreads if I write a review of the book, in addition to recording the book in my catalog program. The fact I enjoy doing that makes me think I would have enjoyed being a librarian if I wasn’t a writer!
So how about you? Goodreads or Shelfari, and why? And any Goodreads groups you enjoy?
DANGER AT HER DOORSTEP
Private investigator Elisabeth Aday thinks her California women’s shelter is a safe haven—until skip tracer Liam O’Neill shows up. While searching for a missing woman, Liam unwittingly puts Elisabeth in the crosshairs of the deadly drug gang that is trailing his target. To stay alive, they must find the woman before the gang finds them. And when a second rival gang joins the search, the threats multiply. Deep in the lair of notorious drug dealers, Elisabeth can’t tell which is more dangerous—the criminals after her…or her growing feelings for the man at her side.