Goodreads Doles Out the Goods (not the bads)

by sbh on Saturday - 26 January 2008

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Over the last few weeks I’ve started using a web application called “Goodreads”:http://www.goodreads.com (here is “my profile”:http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/182669). Essentially, this is a service that allows you to keep track of what you are reading, have read, or intend to read. Users can swap reviews and even paperbacks! There’s also a nice little Facebook application that ties things together.

Yesterday, salvaged from my junk mail, I found the Goodreads January newsletter. In this particular issue, the good folks at Goodreads gave us a glimpse into what the Goodreads community thought was good — or at least what most people tagged as “read” — in 2007. Here are the two lists that the email contained (with links to Amazon so you can rush out and buy ’em!):

h4. Goodreads 2007 most-read fiction books

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  2. The Kite Runner
  3. A Thousand Splendid Suns
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  6. The Catcher in the Rye
  7. Middlesex
  8. The Da Vinci Code
  9. Water for Elephants
  10. The Great Gatsby

h4. Goodreads 2007 most-read nonfiction books

  1. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia
  2. The Glass Castle: A Memoir
  3. Me Talk Pretty One Day
  4. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  5. Running with Scissors: A Memoir
  6. Freakonomics Rev Ed: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
  7. Into the Wild
  8. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
  9. The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  10. The Year of Magical Thinking

It’s interesting to see some older books on this list (e.g., The Great Gatsby), as well as some books still hanging around (e.g., The Da Vinci Code). In addition to these two lists Goodreads has also put out a list for “children’s”:http://www.goodreads.com/book/most_read?country=US&duration=a&category=childrens, “classics”:http://www.goodreads.com/book/most_read?country=US&duration=a&category=classics, “history”:http://www.goodreads.com/book/most_read?country=US&duration=a&category=history, “mystery”:http://www.goodreads.com/book/most_read?category=mystery&country=US&duration=a, “philosophy”:http://www.goodreads.com/book/most_read?country=US&duration=a&category=philosophy, “poetry”:http://www.goodreads.com/book/most_read?country=US&duration=a&category=poetry, “romance”:http://www.goodreads.com/book/most_read?country=US&duration=a&category=romance, and “sci-fi”:http://www.goodreads.com/book/most_read?country=US&duration=a&category=sci-fi.

“Sign up”:http://www.goodreads.com/user/new for an account and get some reading done!

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