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  1. The Colorless Goodreads Group

    #663282013-11-19 06:38:55 *DarkChaplain said:

    Behold! We now have a Goodreads group!
    We've been discussing the value of a CL Book Club on chat lately, and thanks to johan I realized that Goodreads had groups. So I opened up a Goodreads group for CL members!

    Link to the Group

    If you don't know about Goodreads yet:

    Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love. Goodreads launched in January 2007.

    A Few Things You Can Do On Goodreads

    • See which books your friends are reading.
    • Track the books you're reading, have read, and want to read.
    • Check out your personalized book recommendations. Our recommendation engine analyzes 20 billion data points to give suggestions tailored to your literary tastes.
    • Find out if a book is a good fit for you from our community’s reviews.

    Basically, its an incredibly rich index of books, lists, and recommendations, paired with some social networking features. In general it is a great way to keep track of your book collection and reading progress.
    It also features giveaways, challenges, polls, trivia quizzes, groups and a ton more stuff.

    If you're an avid reader, you'll quickly see the value in Goodreads - trust me on that.

  2. #663532013-11-20 03:00:32Lycan said:

    Okay so do I have to rate a book to mark it as read? :/ Some books I just want to add to my list but I'm not so sure about rating them.

  3. #663552013-11-20 04:08:35johan_5179 said:

    @Lycan No you do not have to rate a book in order to mark it as read.

    Goodreads operates on the idea of shelves. 3 default shelves: read, to-read and currently-reading are provided.

    Right next to every book, there's the option of add to shelves. You can add it to any shelf without having to rate it. Goodreads gives you that option. :)

  4. #663572013-11-20 04:33:29DarkChaplain said:

    You can also add any number of custom-named shelves to your library. Those work as tags, beside the 3 major categories of read, to-read and currently-reading. They're particularly helpful when it comes to distinguishing series or genres, ESPECIALLY for larger collections.
    General sorting filters are available on top of that.

    The rating system works on a 1 to 5 star system, and you are encouraged to write a short, or even lengthy, review of the story or book, but it is not mandatory. Neither is giving scores, like johan said. It does help people on your friends list to make up their minds about stuff you read and maybe pick it up for themselves, though.

  5. #663562013-11-20 04:22:35johan_5179 said:


    A Goodreads account is more for your personal use. To keep track of your reading and the progress you make therein. Its something worth checking out if you would like to easily see what your library currently holds, and to get recommendations for similar, exciting reads.

    The reason the group has been made is for discussion among members and to increase CL presence across more websites. While i will not rule out the idea for book/topic of the week, that comes much much later, and just like our projects, will be completely voluntary.

  6. #679002014-01-02 07:43:49 *Rinneko said:

    I'm participating, and hoping to read at least 50 books in 2014. Preferably one every week, with a few weeks as a buffer. I'm uncertain whether I can reach it, though, because 2014 will be my busiest year yet.

    By the way, I see you've set your goal as a 150 books again, DC.

  7. #679012014-01-02 08:59:40DarkChaplain said:

    Yeah, I had 100 for 2013 but had to increase the amount twice, up to 150, due to all the standalone short stories getting released. So now I'm trying to target that amount right off the bat and adjust my schedule accordingly. After all, I've got a shitload of older shorts and novellas lying around on my hard drive, waiting to be read.

  8. #848142014-11-27 01:20:38 *Cenica said:

    @Solzhenitsnye @Dark-B @Alex_ @Rinneko @bleachedsnow @Taro_Tanako @--Jack-- @Evii-Chii @Kip @Kuro-tan @johan_5179 and anyone else who'd like to join in.

    Do you guys want to read a book together?

    I thought it'd be fun to have people reading and discussing a book together.
    I propose the way we go about this is to have people nominate book suggestions, vote on one. Once the book is picked out everyone can read an assigned chapter or 2 a week.
    There is a place on the goodreads group for discussion boards and we could make a chat group on CL chat for it on a chosen day to discuss the things we've read or questions, ideas we've come up with while reading.
    Just an idea. How many people are interested in something like this?

  9. #848152014-11-27 02:04:28Kip said:

    YES oh my gosh this is a fantastic idea and would totally get me off my butt to start doing more reading again.

  10. #848322014-11-27 16:28:37 *Cenica said:

    @DarkChaplain I thought something like that was possible. Which is good.
    When nominating books it'd probably be a good idea to keep in mind what's easily available, free or cheap, and things that aren't too heavy (in a lot of pages.)