Last year, around this same time, I stumbled upon BookLikes as a new reader's platform. I was enamored with the fact that it meshed together two of my favorite things: organization and interaction. You can read my original blog post to see my initial reactions, but I thought I'd check back in with you all and let you know how things are going. It's been a year, and I'm still in love with this site.
I do have a blog over there, along with my organized shelves. In fact, one of the reasons that I don't blog over here as often is because of how easy BookLikes actually makes it to post reviews over there! Once a book is added to your shelf, you just add your review when you're done. It's made it easy for me to keep up with my read-to-review books. Over the last year I've been able to review nearly every book I've put my hands on.
It's also super easy to link to articles, post pictures or videos you find around the web, or share quotes from the book you're currently reading. As you can see in my screenshot above, I was sharing some thoughts from a book that I'm 75% through :). Sharing stream of consciousness while reading is so fun! That's the reason why I loved Tumblr so much, and now I can do the same thing in a book-themed group.
The shelves are great too. You can organize them however you want, and it even lets you keep track of multiple re-reads! For a girl like me, who loves reading books over and over? This is a total win in my book.
What really sold me on BookLikes though, and continues to sell me, is that they actually listen. Each week they come out with something new for the site, and it's generally something to do with things that the community has been asking for. We asked for a database that didn't link to Amazon, they gave it to us. We asked for a way to find other readers, they obliged. When a new feature of a hover pop-up didn't jive with the users, they worked to disable it so people would be happy. Awesome!
So whether you're looking to escape from Goodreads, or you simply want to add to your bookish sites, I highly suggest you give BookLikes a shot! I've found a large, vibrant community of readers who love to share with one another! It's been a blast, and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.