A friend of mine recently convinced me to check out Shelfari, the website for book lovers. Shelfari was inspired by the simple pleasure of perusing your friends’ bookshelves. The website allows you to do this virtually, so you’re not limited to what they own. You can see what they’ve read, what they’re currently reading, and what’s on their “to read” list.
The site is also incredibly useful to people who want to chart their progress on their own reading lists, or who are interested in seeing just how well-read they are. Readers can post reviews about a book, or partake in an online discussion.
There are a couple of downsides to the site: there are many different listings for the same title – one for each edition. This can make navigating what you have and haven’t read tedious (I know I’ve already clicked on Wuthering Heights three times!). The site also requires a pretty steep initial time investment, as you try to remember just how many of those classics you read in high school and college.
Have you tried Shelfari out? If so, what do you think? Any tricks or features I should know about?