Thankful Thursday – I Heart Goodreads

Oasis for YA knows that the surest way to get good things in life is to be thankful for what you have.  So why not encourage a group thankful-fest once a week in which we all send out good energy and hope to get some back in return? Plus, participating in Thankful Thursday is a great way to connect with other writers.

Here are the rules:
1.  Do your own blog post on what you’re thankful for today.  It doesn’t have to be book or publishing related (but it can be!).
2.  Be sure to grab our badge and include it in your post.
3.  Post a link to your blog in the comments here so that others can find you.
4.  Go forth and share your gratitude!  (And when friending new blogs, be sure to let them know you found them because of their participation in the meme.)

This week I’m taking a moment to sing the praises of one of my very favorite social networking sites…

My sister-in-law introduced me to Goodreads about a year ago. I started an account, listed some books, and promptly forgot about the whole thing. Then, a few months ago, I discovered that there was a Goodreads app. I downloaded it and have checked in literally every day since then. I’ve organized my shelves and listed as many books as I can recall reading. While I don’t post reviews (I do write book recommendations here though!), I star books and my Read list has become a journal of sorts. My To-Read list has grown by leaps and bounds and is now a book shopping list that I carry with me and consult every time I set foot in a Borders. I check out my friends’ updates daily and often add their new additions to my To-Read list.

When I hit a bout of insomnia (which lately has happened more often than I care to admit) I often turn to Goodreads reviews. When I dislike a book, I quietly commiserate with the people who wrote unfavorable reviews, and when I really love a book, I have an inward celebration with those who left glowing reviews. I also sort of love reading (thoughtful) negative reviews of books I’ve enjoyed. I’ve found that I learn a lot from fresh, differing perspectives.

Yep, Goodreads makes me very happy. You can find my profile HERE. I’m always happy to make new book-loving friends. 🙂


So, what are you thankful for today?

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8 responses to “Thankful Thursday – I Heart Goodreads

  1. Wow, nice reading space. I’m thankful for books, the online writing community, and the gift of two new houseplants on my desk.
    – Sophia.

    • I don’t do houseplants (black thumb, as my husband says :)) but I do love fresh cut flowers. And I love that reading space too… I only wish it was mine!

  2. I’m thankful for friends, my hubby, and medicine. I’m recovering from a minor surgery that has turned out to be a bit more painful that I’d thought. So, right now, I’m very thankful for prescribed drugs. LOL. My hubby and friends because they’re taking great care of me!!

  3. Great post!
    I don’t update my Goodreads account much anymore [I think I would if I had a *real* smartphone and could use an app 😉 ] but I love the site. The first thing I do when I finish a book I really loved or disliked is head to Goodreads to see what other people thought or felt. I love that it has created such a strong community of readers and book-lovers!

  4. yea! I’ve sent you a friend request now — looking foward to seeing what you’re reading and enjoying. And thanks for telling me there’s an app… how didn’t I know that? Now I have lots to be thankful for today. 🙂