Connect with Authors while Finding Great Reads!

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Authors seem to be a mysterious kind of person–some are always in the public eye, signing books, while others stay out of sight, keeping to themselves, remaining difficult to communicate with.

Authors seem to be a mysterious kind of person–some are always in the public eye, signing books, while others stay out of sight, keeping to themselves, remaining difficult to communicate with. A certain website has changed all that: goodreads.com.

 

Goodreads is like a Facebook for avid readers and authors. It is a completely safe site to be on–no viruses or anything to worry about. Members (who are able to sign up for free) can upload a profile picture if they wish, connect with other people (including friends and authors) who are members of the site, join virtual book clubs (making this a great site for classrooms)and choose their favorite books. Once a member has rated a certain number of books, Goodreads will begin to give recommendations for books that member may enjoy(later on, the recommendations are also based off of a member's to-read shelf). People who have joined Goodreads are able to connect with other readers and authors to talk about books individually or in groups.

 

The only mandatory piece of information needed to join Goodreads is an e-mail address for monthly updates and notifications when somebody replies to a message you sent. Goodreads is an awesome way to find new favorite books and talk to authors. I've already had the chance to write to Sophie Jordan, plus I found at least two new books I really enjoyed ( "You Wish" by Mandy Hubbard and "In a Heartbeat" by Loretta Ellsworth). Goodreads is definitely the place to go to find a new favorite. Find a book you might like, get it at the library, and enjoy!