If I were to choose one of my favorite technology inventions I would have to say http://www.goodreads.com. My husband calls me “Queen of the Tabs” and I ALWAYS have a Goodreads tab open on my computer. If I’m scrolling through Twitter or Facebook and someone recommends a book, I immediately add it to my Goodreads “To Read” list. When someone posts a list of books coming out this year, I dutifully add each title to my Goodreads “To Read” list. I have the app on my phone so I can add a title at any given moment.
The beauty of Goodreads is that when a book I’ve saved is published I get an email saying the title is now available. This means I open a new tab for my public library card catalog and request the book. It is as simple as that! It feels as though I have my own private secretary keeping me totally in the know!
As I finish a book I rate it and give it a shelf to make it easier to refer back to. For instance, I have shelves for board books, wordless picture books, a grief/loss, and Mock Newbery 2017…you get the idea. When someone asks for a recommendation I can quickly refer back to my shelves. I also refer back to the shelves when placing orders for the school library. I try to read as many titles as I can from the public library before purchasing for my library so that I don’t waste any of the book budget.
I also like to see what my friends are reading and adding to their “to read” lists to get recommendations. It is social media for book nerds like me. I can follow authors I like. I even get emails alerting me of giveaways for books that I’ve shelved. It really is an amazing concept. Yes, I am in awe of this website and all it has done to streamline my passion and career.