Goodreads: The Intellectual Credit Report

I first heard of goodreads when a friend from college sent me a link to his page in response to my fishing for book recommendations on Twitter. It's a great place to keep track of books you'd like to read and discover new books from your friends' collections. It's also a good place to develop a complex about your reading habits.

I used to think I was well read. I never thought much about what I read in the past. But goodreads has added an extra social layer on top of reading that wasn't there before. So now, rather than being bullied for traditional reading reasons ... like reading ... now it comes from the other side. Nerd on nerd violence. Or at least it does in my mind.

If I'm really good at anything, it's projecting onto other people. Which has been super useful in turning goodreads into the equivalent of an intellectual credit report. Get your score for just 7.95.

Using Goodreads, you can learn things like:

  • You don't read nearly as much as you thought you did. Unless you're Allison.
  • Burning through Michael Crichton's catalog in 7th grade, while impressive at the time, now just makes it look like you read a lot of shitty books.
  • If they're all so bad, why do you keep reading Zombie books? Please. Someone. Help me.
  • That meathead knows more about the literature of the enlightenment than most english teachers.

So, with all of that being said, come make fun of me or suggest some good books here.