I adore Goodreads.
Truth be told, however, I signed up for it almost by accident. I was looking for a replacement to the Visual Bookshelf that went defunct on Facebook last summer, and wanted a place where I could organize my virtual bookshelf with links to those books on Amazon, if I so needed additional information. What I did not realize when I signed up for Goodreads was that it was, in its own way, a social network.
Having kicked Facebook to the curb (permanently) last September (happy birthday to me!) I was determined that I would not involve myself with any other social networks outside of Twitter. So when I started getting friend requests on Goodreads, I was irritated at first. Then I realized it wasn’t an invasive network – it really was all about the books.
And you know how we bibliophiles are. We like to show off.
Of course, if you follow me on Goodreads, you may or may not have noticed how my “current reading” list yo-yos wildly from week to week, or freezes in time for small millennia now and then.
I can rationalize all this, of course, by simply stating that I am a history and literature teacher, and it is in my contract to be as obscure and irrelevant as possible. But the answer is really much more basic.
I have severe ADHD. And unfortunately, that can spill over into my reading habits.
Especially when the internet is involved.
Let’s dig a little deeper and get a proper confession out of this:
Step One: Pick several esoteric books that couldn’t possibly interest anyone but me.
Step Two: Read at least the first chapter in each one, then hurry to list them on Goodreads.
Step Three: Watch my “currently reading” list grow to the length of a large anaconda
Step Three-and-a-Half: Tweet diligently about all these impressive titles that no one cares about.
Step Four: Get busy with life or – better yet – get distracted by other books (which may or may not be nerdy enough for me to show off on my Goodreads lists).
Step Five: Forget to update the books I am reading, and forget other “current reading” books altogether.
Step Six: Forget about Goodreads for about two weeks
Step Seven: Peruse Goodreads to see what other people are reading
Step Eight: Add 18279 books to my “to read” list.
Step Nine: Remove books from my “current reading” list that I haven’t cracked open in about three centuries.
Step Ten: Go back to Step One. Start over.
When….you know….I could just sit down and READ.