So as I mentioned very early on in my blog, in my first blog post to be pedantic, I took some time off reading when I went out into the big scary world and got a full time job. It wasn’t that reading didn’t appeal to me anymore, I just found myself getting consumed with other means of entertainment, and developed quite a hectic working life and a social life that more than made up for it. Not only that but I’d fallen into a lull when the Harry Potter series came to an end, and I hate to say it, but I wondered if I’d ever find a book that made me feel the way that series did. A book that completely enveloped me and made me part of it’s world.
I wish I could remember who told me about Goodreads, as I’d love to give them a huge, warming cuddle and enjoy a pot or two of tea with them, because it really gave me the much needed boost I’d been longing for. It was like a place where likeminded people could meet, with some anonymity (if they wish) and discuss their passion for books. But it was more than that; it allowed me to set goals of how many books I thought I’d be able to read in a year, as I had a deadline (1st Jan – 31st Dec) and a group of friends following my progress through the site, it really motivated me to try and read as much as possible.
I sometimes feel that in those early days of getting to grips with the website, and honing my Book Challenge, I cheated a little bit, as I re-read a couple of books I had read in the past. But I believe it was Oscar Wilde who said ‘If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use to reading it at all.’ And he was right, if a book is truly enjoyable to you, then there is no crime in reading that same book over and over again. Goodreads also allowed me to join forums, meet likeminded people, befriend them on the site and swap book recommendations. Now this, and this alone, is what really makes me love the site. I have lost count of how many books I have added to my ‘Want To Read’ list and all because I’ve seen that someone else is reading it and I’ve enjoyed the sound of the blurb.
It’s really opened doors for me, helping me reignite my passion of reading once more, but also helping me expand my imagination by introducing me to new world’s, new authors and new ideas. If you don’t have a Goodreads account, I’d really recommend it, it may just be the best thing you do this year.
I end with a quote from W.Somerset Maugham, whose book ‘Of Human Bondage’ I found, read and thoroughly enjoyed, thanks to Goodreads. This quote is the perfect rebuttal to anyone who says you’re wrong to like a certain book ‘because it’s boring/crap/expletive of choice’ He said ‘The only important thing in a book is the meaning that is has for you.’ Perfect.