I’ve always believed in rewarding myself for doing good work.
While I was studying for my matric exams, I didn’t allow myself to read any books so after my last exam was written (18 October 1991 if memory serves me correctly), I started reading again and that’s when I started keeping a list of all the books I read.
I filled up about 3 notebooks and then I discovered Goodreads.
I’ve written on here before about Goodreads but really, I love it so much I have to gush some more.
- It’s a place to organise all the books I’ve read, want to read and those I’m currently reading.
- I also love it because if I’m not sure if I’ve read a book, I can do a quick search and it tells me if I read it, when I read it, and what my rating was. Such a clever idea.
- If I’m thinking of buying a book, I quickly check the Goodreads reviews before clicking on the Buy now button.
- Of course, my two books are also listed on Goodreads. You can mark them as read or add them to your to read pile.
- It’s also super convenient to recommend books to your friends. A few of my friends have told me they love it when I send them recommendations
- It’s also really nice to compare your ratings with your friends and see how compatible your reading styles are. Under my profile, click on your friends and then next to the person’s name, click on compare. Fascinating
- Who doesn’t like a reading challenge? Last year my goal was 60 but when I reached that, I pushed it to 70 and finished my 70th on 31st Dec This year my goal is 65 and Goodreads tells me I’m currently 4 books ahead.
Are you on Goodreads?
Do you keep track of the books you read?
PS apparently I’m the 4th highest reader in South Africa!