Other than a semblance of literacy (and obviously a book), what do you need most for reading? Duh! You need recommendations and a bunch of people to discuss the books with . And in my
humble opinion, Goodreads is THE best website ever for recommendations and discussions.
Goodreads gives surprisingly accurate recommendations. Out of my top 10 favourite books, I think 9 out of 10 were recommended to me by goodreads (either with goodreads as first recommender or a secondary recommender). I have no idea what algorithm they’re using, but whatever it is- they should keep it.
One unique and fun thing that Goodreads has is Listopia. Users can make different lists for books of a certain type (people have made lists for stuff as wide as genres like ‘YA’ and as narrow as ‘YA books with covers with purple on them’). After an initial list is made, other users can add and vote for books which fit into the category. This is pretty helpful when you’re just itching for a long marathon of say- ‘Urban Fantasy’ or ‘Hate at First Sight’ books. However this does come with it’s limitations. Some trigger happy people (I’m not pointing fingers) randomly add books like the Twilight and the Hunger Games into lists regardless of whether it fits into the category or not. If you’re one of those people, please- don’t do that. Do verify whether the book you’re adding to the list matches.
The Discussion Boards for some books are very informational and can get you a whole new perspective on a character or on the events of the story. I think one of the most informational threads I’ve ever participated in was one for the book Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Septys.
Giveaways: This is one thing about goodreads that really disappoints me. But that’s probably just because I’ve never gotten anything. A warning from the wise (or at least someone who’s pretending to be wise): There are a lot of people who enter the giveaways and the criterion for selecting winners is very random. It doesn’t hurt to enter a draw, but it’s highly unlikely you’re going to win anything.
Goodreads Voice features interviews and Q&A sessions with the most amazing authors in each genre. Veronica Roth, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Kasie West…
Wow! You have no idea how many times I have been inspired.
Yeah.. in case you couldn’t tell, I love goodreads.com. If you don’t already have an account, make one-pronto. If you do, go ahead and add me. Here’s a link to my page: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/19911504-akansha-gupta