2. These book groups have online discussions about the books they read. The discussions are held through posts so you can read along and participate on your schedule at your convenience.
3. You may have friends already on Goodreads but by joining groups, participating in discussions and writing and reading reviews you can meet new friends. And if you are shy, you can also elect to follow the reviews of a particular person without becoming friends.
4. You can receive notifications at a frequency of your determination of what your GR friends are selecting, reading, ranking and reviewing. This gives you tons of new suggestions from like minded readers, or maybe helps you take a step outside of your comfort zone.
5. You can build an online library of shelves filled with books you have read, plan to read, and are currently reading.
6. You can name your shelves however you would like - traditional categories such as Fiction, Thriller, or Biography - or more personal such as Not Worth The Effort, Books I Wish I'd Written, or Mt. TBR.
7. You can rank the books you have read by a star system and it goes toward the overall cumulative ranking. The cumulative ranking tells you what the average ranking for each book is on GR.
8. There are places to keep personal/private notes while you read as well as places to share your thoughts publicly. Your GR profile is only as viewable as you want it to be - public or private.
9. Private conversations can be conducted within GR's e-mail messaging system.
10. If you love lists you can interact with Listopia - adding books to best and worst lists of all kinds of imaginable categories.
11. If you love trivia you can play along with the Never Ending Book Quiz and see how you rank with the rest of GR.
12. Chances are your favorite (living of course!) author is on GR - such as Neil Gaiman or Paul Coelho. They, along with thousands of other authors, are participating on GR as well. You can check out their bookshelves, send them a message, find out what they are reading and what they think about it.
13. You can share your creative writing, enter book giveaways, read timely author interviews in the monthly newsletter, find upcoming local book events, let a progress bar update everyone on how you are coming along with your current read and fill your profile with favorite quotes, authors, photos, blog links and - of course - your favorite goodreads. There's not a lot you can't do on GR, but if you think of something you can submit a suggestion to the Feedback Group and the site's founder, Otis, will work with you to see if it can be implemented. I dare you to tell me about a kinder, more socially beneficial place for bibliophiles. If Andy's considering it, you know it's GOOD!
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