The other day I discovered the most amazing website - goodreads. On this site you can create a list of the books you are reading, have read or want to read. At first I wasn't really sure if a site like this would be useful to me. As many of you know, I already have a multiple page list of all the books I've read since 1997 and another list of all the books I want to read. I know, I know, I'm completely crazy and probably certifiable, but I promise when I started keeping the list it really did make perfect sense. It all started in 1997 when I joined my first book club and began discussing books with my friends. We would all share book recommendations and then when I finally made it to the library to get a book, I couldn't recall a single title. So, I decided to write down the titles of the books that my friends suggested. (Of course, the list was organized by the author's last name, so maybe it was slightly crazy right from the start.) Anyway, eventually this list morphed into Pam's Book List, a 21 page document of all the books I've read since 1997. Which I know seems a bit more than just slightly crazy.
Now you're probably wondering what this has to do with the goodreads website. Well, as I was perusing the site I learned that I could add a goodreads widget to my blog, which would show pictures of the books. You can click on these pictures and be taken to the Amazon.com editorial and customer reviews for that book! How cool is that?! And this is when I realized that goodreads could actually be useful to me. And you. So now you can not only see what I'm reading and what I've read so far in 2009, you can actually click on a book that looks interesting and see if it's actually something you'd like to read. Not so crazy after all, right? Well, not so fast. I've also added a small widget that says "my 'read' shelf/good reads" (a small rectangle just above my list of Favorite TV Shows) . If you click on that it will take you to the goodreads site and a list of all the books I've read. You can also see my rating of some of the books on a scale of 1-5 and the date that I read the book (for the ones that I had that information). As you will see, there are currently 692 titles in my list! Which I entered one at a time. It took me the better part of 3 days to do this. Now that is crazy!!!