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message 1: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
1. Great place to learn about new books to read
2. love meeting fellow book readers to discuss all sorts of topics
3. get reactions to a book from very thoughtful people who have read the same book
4. always something awaiting us at this site of interest
5. the people, the people, the people..booklovers are just great (along with film/tv viewers) :)

message 2: by Meg (new)

Meg (megvt) | 100 comments 6. Good insightful dialogue
7. Making new friends

message 3: by Meg (new)

Meg (megvt) | 100 comments 6. Good insightful dialogue
7. Making new friends

message 4: by Holli (last edited Jan 05, 2009 06:45PM) (new)

Holli Making new friends, having a place I can come to and be able to discuss what's on my mind in a warm environment. Learning about others and trusting the GR people's book opinions over everyone else's


message 5: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
I agree...making new friends maybe should be number one.

message 6: by Lori (new)

Lori Walker Finding people that encourage my habit and encouraging them with theirs.

message 7: by Heidi (new)

Heidi | 23 comments I started on the site so I could keep track of what I've read (what can I say, I love my lists) and have found friends, books I would never have picked up and a chance to share my love of reading with like-minded souls.

message 8: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) I enjoy discussing a book I've just read. Since I'm no longer in college where I got to discuss books, I can come here and talk about favorite books. Even though I work in a library I'm not surrounded by avid readers, and if they do read, they don't read the same kinds of books as I do.

I appreciate the recommendations from Goodreaders. I've read several great books that I otherwise wouldn't have read.

message 9: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
I agree with Tressa and never thought about that...I enjoyed in college as well discussing books and here is a tremendous site to do that. I've also picked up some fantastic recs from here.

message 10: by Ika (new)

Ika (devita) | 19 comments 8. I find many new interesting books I've never met.

message 11: by Terri (new)

Terri (terrilovescrows) | 30 comments Talking abotu books and making new friends. I love books, I love talking about what I have read, I love hearing about what others have read and seeing if those interest me

message 12: by Lori (new)

Lori Walker There aren't that many people in my life that I either feel comfortable talking about books with or that would know what I'm talking about. You guys understand and I feel comfortable.

message 13: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl (chaoscat60) | 37 comments I think goodreads is one of the more user friendly sights of all my bookshelves. I am really enjoying it!!

message 14: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) Goodreads is a very user-friendly site, and it's also a friendly site. Some boards are full of cynics whose first impulse is to insult someone. The Internet reveals a lot of the nastiness in society because of the anonymity of the online world.

message 15: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissawiebe80) Because I can find books I would have never found otherwise. I find a lot of book forums tend to have people that are only interested in reading "literature" and not the every day stuff that most people tend to read.

message 16: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
I agree with that...you can find here people interested in all types of books.

message 17: by Lori (new)

Lori Walker You aren't going to have people bash you about the books you read; you're always going to find at least one person (and very likely 20 people) who likes what you like.

message 18: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) I agree with you, Lori. I've never been bashed for any of my reading choices. The Movies We've Just Watched, well, that's a different story. :)

Also, I can look up an obscure but beloved book and find a hundred other people who love it, too. It's odd to say this but that's a comforting thing to me.

message 19: by Mayra (new)

Mayra Villavicencio (gizel) | 2 comments Great place just in general. I love to read and to find poeple with the same intrest is great. Plus get to meet new people and find books that might interest me.

message 20: by Jim (new)

Jim | 41 comments I like the wide ranging scope of whast people think about books, current events and any other topic someone comes up with like Why I like goodreads.

message 21: by Gail (new)

Gail | 9 comments I'm with Lori- feeding my habit and realizing I'm not the only one with books stacked all over the house, that reads whenever possible including the bathtub and at redlights and must visit bookstores and buy books there, on ebay, on craigslist. It's so nice to find new authors also.

message 22: by Lori (new)

Lori Walker I like knowing that bringing a book everywhere, even places that you normally don't have time to read (like the grocery store) isn't absolutely insane.

message 23: by Terri (new)

Terri (terrilovescrows) | 30 comments It is nice that for the most part you can have differing opinions about a book and not get flamed

message 24: by Ed (new)

Ed | 237 comments Mod
I enjoy reading in bookstores...sometimes it seems time stops in bookstores. lol

message 25: by Jim (last edited Jan 30, 2009 04:12PM) (new)

Jim Cherry (jymwrite) | 11 comments It's given me some renewed hope that there are still people out there that read! I think it's fast becoming a minority. It's cool to meet people that have an author in common to you, that's an interesting sensation.

& out in the internet wilderness there's always kind of the feeling that everybody is screaming for attention but noone's paying attention, I don't find that here.

message 26: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) I used to think that fewer people were reading. And I would occasionally see articles stating this as fact. I must say that when I joined Goodreads I was shocked at the sheer number of people in this world who not only read, but are so passionate about what they're reading that they must discuss each book with other booklovers! It really made me feel all warm and toasty inside. :)

message 27: by Deborah (new)

Deborah | 19 comments One of the great things about Goodreads is that it's civilized without being snobby. Differences of opinion are approached with grace and often humor. I also enjoy the fact that it is global. I am humbled that so many people worldwide read and write so well in English, when I can barely ask where the bathroom is in French or Spanish. ;-)

message 28: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl (chaoscat60) | 37 comments Book snobs are the worst!! That's also why I always have jackets on my books, since I read in public a lot. I hate getting comments on what I'm reading. I didn't ask for your commments!

message 29: by Jim (new)

Jim Cherry (jymwrite) | 11 comments I've never had that happen to me. People ask about what book I'm reading & how I like it. But the good thing about having read a lot I can out snob them if I have to.

message 30: by Tressa (last edited Feb 10, 2009 02:54PM) (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) I don't run into too many book snobs, but back when I was in my early twenties I was babysitting for a couple whose priest brother was visiting. He looked at my Stephen King book and made a comical, snide remark. I didn't have the guts to confront him by saying, "Look, jerk, I can read Stephen Crane just as easily as Stephen King and enjoy them equally. Don't judge me!"

I'm a well-rounded reader, but he couldn't tell this by looking at the one book I was reading. And anyway, it was none of his business.

message 31: by Lori (new)

Lori Walker I've met tons of book snobs! One of my professors went on a rant against Ayn Rand, even though she was once a member of the Ayn Rand Society. This same professor tore the cover off of her Best American Short Stories edited by Stephen King so she wouldn't have people come up to her and praise King. I recognize that some books are more literary and mentally stimulating than others, but sometimes you just need a mental break!

message 32: by Jim (new)

Jim Cherry (jymwrite) | 11 comments Sounds like a professor who's book never got published.

message 33: by Lori (new)

Lori Walker I think she has had something published actually. I don't know that she had major success as a writer if she's teaching at a state university in Oklahoma though. I don't want to criticize though because I don't plan on publishing anything.

message 34: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) I work at a library and I try not to judge anyone's taste in books. You like what you like, KWIM?

message 35: by Anna (new)

Anna (lilfox) | 53 comments Great place to meet new people and find new books that we haven't read yet.

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