Jul 02 2015
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Summer reading: Making picks and keeping track

goodreadsI’ve blogged a good bit recently about reading, and the importance of making time for it. Reading is a leisure activity, but for writers, reading is also part of the work of writing.

“Summer reading lists” are all the rage when the weather turns warm. Rather than blog another list of books that I’m getting ready to dive into, I thought I’d provide a list of some online tools to help you keep track of books you want to read, read books online, and even interact with other readers:

Goodreads: Very popular site where you build a personal library and reading list, and can review books and engage with other readers.

LibraryThing: Another site where you build your own library, but also has an online book club feature and an early reviewers program that puts new books in your hands.

Read Any Book: Exactly as it sounds. Browse by genres, which include nonfiction, poetry, thrillers, western, children, romance, and more, and read books online without having to buy an e-reader.

What Should I Read Next?: This site allows you to enter a book you like and it will make recommendations.

PaperbackSwap: Here, you can swap old books and buy new ones at low prices. You sign up, list the books you own and are willing to trade, and interact with members who want to read what you’ve got. The site boasts over 4 million books you might not have read yet.

If you like reading online, Flavorwire put together a list of the 25 best sites for lovers of literature that is worth checking out.

So what’s on your summer reading list, and have you used any of these tools or websites to help you keep a record of what you’ve read and want to read?