The Learning Journeys presentation at the ReadAloud Delaware Conference last weekend proved inspiring for us, as well as, the attendees. Happily, this is not an unusual occurrence. But, my talk about my reading journal felt a little false. Why? Because I use the online reading community, Goodreads, to track my reading and learning; and, well, my last entry had been quite a while ago. I didn’t realize that “a while ago” was actually June 2009. What?
So, as I flesh out the last 8 months of my reading/learning life, I wanted to tell you about a sampling of these book reading universes. These sites boast “one million members” or “82 million book titles entered.” And, each offers extensive collections of reviews. While all offer you basic documenting features, they add a twist or two of their own.
My default site is Goodreads. I’m just totally comfortable there. I love that I can create my own categories, such as ha-ha-ha. And, the Never Ending Book Quiz feeds my love of random bits of information. Shelfari is so visually appealing. Your books are actually on a bookshelf. And, they have recently added a widget that allows your bookshelf to appear on your blog. Last, LibraryThing is the place if you are a bit of a statistic freak. They have stats on everything from the 50 largest libraries to the top taggers to authors who LibraryThing. Just plain fun.
Why don’t you drop into one of these book spots? See if this type of tracking appeals to you. Remember, you can start…or re-start…anytime.