I used to use weread.com and record all the books I've read and what not, but I was completely disappointed and bored with it. It recommended books that had nothing to do with the books I was reading, nor were they even popular books. And the reviews I read were very limited and the people who wrote them sounded extremely informal. Like perhaps they got the e mixed up with 3 and forgot that "you" isn't spelled like u and "yours" isn't urs and no offense if that's the boat you float on but I really just have no desire to take advice on intelligent literature when using correct grammar seems to be such a hassle.
So I found goodreads.com and now I can't stay away. I'm in love. Finding books is easy because they are separated into lists like "best books of the 20th century" and "books of the decade" and I can scroll through and see all the big titles that I've been hearing throughout the past few years but never actually knew what they were about. And people write awesome reviews. Like entire essays, but they don't spoil the book. I have like 30 new books that I'm dying to read just from reading reviews.
Some I already knew I wanted to read and others I had never heard of. Lately I've been on a classic novel kick and I'm reading My Antonia by Willa Cather and starting Jane Eyre and now I'm just ready to read every classic novel ever published.
But anyway, considering my headache I'm just going to show you some of the books I found and give a tip for those of us who honestly enjoy books- this website is pretty legit.
Also, I started this challenge thing where I state how many books I want to read in 2011 and my goal was 40, but I got started late so I've only read two so far. I'll do better though.
1. loved. it was so cute. a journalist from london begins corresponding with a book club in Guernsey and learn about all their experiences during the holocaust. it sounds like it would be thoroughly depressing but it really wasn't at all. i love all the cute little love stories going on between the lines. i love it because her love story it isn't blunt, it grows on you. kind of like the love comes softly series. and i seriously laughed until i almost cried at the end.
2. loved. there's no way that i'm qualified to review books, especially mark twain. but i honestly loved this book and if i ever read a book twice this would be one i would choose. i had to read it for school but i'm really glad that i did. it's one of my favorites now.
and now on to all the books I want to read...