Goodreads and LibraryThing

Being the quintessential book lover, last fall I signed up for both LibraryThing and Goodreads. Yes, I belong to two social networks for books…and use them both. Thanks to some neat applications, I can display recent titles added to LibraryThing and Goodreads on my Facebook profile. I connect with different friends on each site. And actually, I like both so much that I see no reason to drop one anytime soon.

I joined Goodreads first. After adding about 100 books that I had read off the top of my head, I decided to use Goodreads for my current reading lists. I love having lists of things I have read, things I am reading and things I wish to read. I also created a list of titles I have partially read but put aside (and maybe will get back to someday…some titles may just have to linger in partially-read limbo.)    


Then, as if I needed another distracting project, I joined LibraryThing with the intent of using it to catalog my personal collection. This project is probably 1/3 complete, as it has been very fun (yes, seriously fun!) but not a priority. I am now a lifetime LibraryThing member and hope to add more titles soon. Other features offered by LibraryThing keep me interested in the site even when not adding to my library. These include the inimitable UnSuggester (great reverse RA tool!), LibraryThing Local and some quirky groups. Check out the legendary I See Dead People’s Books group for the libraries of assorted famous individuals from Thomas Jefferson to Tupac Shakur.


Using Goodreads and LibraryThing sure beats the old paper list standby…







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I am a librarian with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library in Tampa, Florida.

One thought on “Goodreads and LibraryThing”

  1. Our library is experimenting with linking LibraryThing and our catalog. It’s an interesting concept since the tags sometimes provide a better description of the book than the catalog.

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