www.goodreads.com

Are you on Goodreads yet?  If you’re a reader, then you need to subscribe to this wonderful “social reading” website.  Rate your favourite books, write reviews and link to your reader friends.  It also provides recommendations to you based on the books that you have on your lists.  You can even use it to keep track of books that are on your “must read” list.  I used to have a stack of sticky notes with random titles and authors written on them when I would hear a good book recommendation.  But, I wouldn’t have these sticky notes with me when I would go into the bookstore.  Now I keep a “To Read” list on Goodreads and I can access it on my smartphone.  You can even download the Goodreads app that lets you scan the barcode of any book to pull up a synopsis and reviews right there in the store.

You can also use this in the classroom.  I worked with a wonderful grade 9 teacher who created a Goodreads account for her classroom independent reading time.  As students finished their  books they would add them to their class list and would rate and review the books.  By the end of the semester, they had a great collection books they had read.  Students would even use this website for recommendations for new books to read.

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