I am – I love to read. As you can imagine, I have rather eclectic tastes in reading materials, as in most other things. But I have never really thought to keep track of it.
An internet friend sent me an invitation in February – to join a group called Shelfari. I hesitated because I hadn’t heard of this site. I did a little investigation and decided that, if I was careful about what personal information I gave out, it might be fun. I had been concerned that it was a commercial venture to try to sell books or a book sales club of some sort.
I learned that Shelfari.com is based in Seattle, WA and owned by Tastemakers, Inc. Their information states that the site “introduces readers to our global community of book lovers and encourages them to share their literary inclinations and passions with peers, friends and total strangers.”
Shelfari members can:
- Build virtual bookshelves to express themselves to their friends and the world
- Discover books that are popular in their circle of friends
- Influence peers by rating and discussing books online
- Discover and learn from people with similar reading tastes
- Participate in online book groups to further explore literature and share ideas
- Interact with and learn from authors
It is important to know that Amazon.com invested in Shelfari in February 2007. Amazon does have a linking system to facilitate ordering books that you may find interesting at Shelfari. But there is no pressure to buy.
Since February of 2008, I have been slowly adding books I have read – some recently, some long ago. I was surprised to see how many books I have been able to add in a short time, especially since it doesn’t even come close to the number of books I’ve read in my lifetime. I was gratified to see that it shows how wide ranging my literary tastes are.
I don’t review every book I add and I don’t even rate every book I add. Some were read too long ago and I don’t recall exactly how well I liked them.
It’s fun to get another view of yourself. So if you love to read and want the challenge of trying to keep track of your reading progress, you might want to give it a look. If you want to look up my books, look for the member Bee E – someone else had already used eclectic, that’s not me.