My Latest Love Affair with…GoodReads

Okay, so it didn’t take long for me to become obsessed.

Or is it addicted?

When does an obsession become an addiction? Any of my psychology majors out there want to chime in on this? Feel free to psychoanalyze and expound.

I was introduced to GoodReads last fall, and at first, I thought, ‘whatever will I use this site for?’ That was when I was reading a book a week – maybe. If that. Now, I’m reading a book every day or other day. And not surprisingly, it now holds a special place – sigh – in my heart. I have discovered new titles and authors that I wasn’t aware of, and this has been probably the greatest gain of all. It’s given me a place to connect with other readers to share thoughts about what we did and did not like about the characters and plotlines introduced to us. Since I’m not a member of any book club, it’s served as a perfect outlet for this besides Twitter and my wonderful tweeps there who I so enjoy bantering with about our book bohunks and gushing about authors who listen to their fans. (“You like us…you really like us!” we’ve exclaimed on more than one occasion).

GoodReads

I know that I must return to Pinterest and go re-discover the joys on that site again – and I will. Someday. But right now, my heart and my head is here…on GoodReads. Leaving reviews and swallowing hard whenever I have no choice but to choose 1-star or 2-star, not an easy task but sometimes it simply reflects reality. (I cringe every time wondering what rating people will select for my book once it’s published, and all of those insecurities come flooding back…breathe deep, Chris. Breathe deep…No matter how many people like it, someone will give you a 1-star rating and you know this. So brace yourself.)

I decided to have a little fun and sign up for GoodReads’ 2013 Reading Challenge, where I set my goal at 50 books this year but have already knocked off 7 and it’s not even mid-January. Holy crap. At this rate, I’ll be done with 50 by spring probably! Yowzah.

I am also starting to interact more with other participants on the site – commenting on reviews, following others’ reviews as well as my favorite authors. I long for the day when someone might be selecting me on this site as one of their favorite authors. That’s what I aspire to. A writer can dream…

But…in order for that last vision to happen, I have to publish my first book, and in order to publish, I need to finish writing it. So that is what I’m off to do right now. Continue it at least… Chapter 12 awaits. In the meantime, if you’d like to connect with me on GoodReads and become one of my GR friends, click here to visit my GoodReads profile page. While there, you can check out my latest book reviews (I’m still catching up on some of the previous books read last fall but am consistently reviewing from this year forward.)

My last book review is on M. Leighton‘s Down to You follow-up, Up to Me, which I just finished this morning. So click here to read that most recent book review.

Happy reading!

ck

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