If you’re a true book lover, you have to check out librarything.com. It is one of many book networking sites – you know, like Facebook, but for books! It’s totally free; all you have to do is create an account. From there, you can make a list of all the books you own (your personal library), as well as your book wish list, books you’re currently reading, your favorite books, and more. LibraryThing will tell you any information you could possibly want to know about each book, such as the author (duh), year it was published, publisher, characters, dedication, description, and even the first and last lines of the book. Pretty cool, huh?
In addition, you can read other LibraryThing members’ reviews of each book, and see a list of similar books. In fact, Seattle Public Library uses LibraryThing’s reviews in the online catalog (in case you hadn’t noticed). Oh, and don’t forget about the networking – you can have discussions with other members (via online messaging) or join a group of like-minded members, such as the group for all those who read young adult literature.
Whether you are just a common book lover or a serious literary expert, LibraryThing is sure to have something you’ll enjoy. The possibilities are endless.
Review by Callan, teen blogger