I'm not kidding, it can sometimes take me 10-20 minutes to figure out what to read. From a book's title you might not be able to derive anything from the story, and even if you read the back cover you may be left in the dark, you definitely won't know what quality the writing is.
LibraryThing, a great online book catalog essentially, helps you a lot because it allows you to manage your bookshelf virtually, but also to give and get recommendations and a whole lot of other info. LibraryThing of course knows all the default things about each book, writer, title, ISBN, publishing info and so on, but it ads an extra layer by providing social information.
People can review a book, tag it, and even have conversations about it, making book choosing much more productive. Actually this time, you may not spend less time, since this is such an absorbing experience, but at least you will choose a good book every time.
LibraryThing also supports group creation, private and non-private groups, bookstore info with GoogleMaps integration and a load more. I'll be cataloging my book collection soon, and I hope to find the most awesome books, interacting and sharing my knowledge. I think I'm going to spend a lot more time here than I thought.
You do not need to be a member of the site to use the search. Just enter a book title or author that you are interested in to browse the results made available to you. Once you click on a book title you can start reading member reviews, browsing the tags associated with it, check out recommendations based on the book, or read conversations by members of the site about it.
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