Happy Tuesday guys! Today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About. I think I haven’t read that amount of books yet to complete this prompt (as I only began reading last year 🙁 ). So instead, I have yet again decided to pick a prompt from past topics and my chosen prompt is Ten bookish websites and apps I use. Well, creating this list was also not easy, but at last, I completed it 😛 So let’s see what are some of the apps and websites that I use almost daily to track my reading and doing all other bookish stuff.
Ten bookish websites and apps I use
1. Goodreads website/app
This has to be the number one website on every bookworm list, isn’t it? I can’t imagine managing by bookish life without Goodreads. It is the first website I open whenever I start my laptop. It is one of the best book website/app available to track your reading, the books you want to read and to see what others are reading. If we talk about the Goodreads app, then it is a little less than awesome as it has many features missing as compared to the website. Yet, it is the most functional app for tracking all that reading stuff.
You can also join Goodreads groups which are a great medium to tackle the reading challenges and increase the interaction with fellow readers.
Well, I have a love/hate relationship with NetGalley. I love how I can get access to the ARCs which otherwise was not possible. But I hate it because it provides you so many options and bloggers like me often go to request spree and get too many ARCs. Then we need to join challenges like State of the ARC to hunt down that TBR (and I am still bad in it) 😛 But yes, this is a great way, for the international bloggers too, to get new ARCs and read and review them before their release.
This is similar to NetGalley but is less famous than it because it is a little confusing to use as compared to NetGalley. The design of Edelweiss is little complicated. But once you get used to it, you can’t stop yourself from requesting the ARCs. I have recently joined Edelweiss and though I faced some difficulty, in the beginning, I am enjoying it now. But yes, I am super careful in requesting ARCs here :P
Also, I have noticed and many other bloggers also believe that it is little difficult to get approvals on Edelweiss as compared to NetGalley. But the other thing is, Edelweiss has early access to many titles as compared to NetGalley and also I have found that the variety of titles present on Edelweiss is much more as compared to NetGalley?
Amazon is my default go-to website for purchasing the books. I have compared the prices on many other platforms, but over the years I have found that Amazon is the cheapest and 99% of the time I am satisfied with the products. Living in a country where it is hard to get new releases in bookstores and where there is no trace of modern library, Amazon is our only way to get those shiny new releases 😛
Amazon also has a book review website called Omnivoracious: The Amazon Book Review. This website is very good if you want to read the reviews for new releases and what is going in the bookish sphere. I am subscribed to its newsletter and every now and then I read a few posts.
I owe big to Instagram or preferably #bookstgaram for reigniting my hobby for books. Instagram made me realize that there is a pool of book lovers and I can also dive into that pool 😀 Instagram is my daily inspiration for all the bookish stuff especially the new releases. Not only the new releases, but I am able to know about many Indian and regional books which I wouldn’t have known otherwise.
Twitter is also great for bookish people but I often feel overwhelmed by it? Twitter is too fast and I can’t keep track of the updates my friends are posting. So the chances of missing updates are large.
6. Book Riot
Book Riot is a great blog for the bookish community with all the latest updates and wonderful posts. I love the wonderful post ideas that they post and I often try to utilize them as discussion posts. If you are looking for any kind of bookish list, then Book Riot is the perfect place for it. The Book Riot community includes many well-read authors, reviewers, marketing personnel etc. This is probably the only website where I read posts with such enthusiasm 😛
WordPress App is a great way to keep all the blogs you love at your fingertips (well technically). It helps to read the other bloggers posts right into the app. It is a time-saving app and definitely good for tracking the blogosphere.
8. Kindle App
I do have a Kindle Paperwhite so I don’t use the Kindle App most of the time. But yes, my Paperwhite doesn’t have a built-in light so if I have to read anything after the lights are out, then I use it. It is a great app in terms of how good its syncing is with the Kindle device. And yes you can post to Goodreads too 🙂
I am not that big fan of audiobooks. I have listened to a single audiobook till date and though I enjoyed it a lot, I find it a little hard to concentrate on an audiobook for some reason. But if you are an audiobook fanatic, then Audible is probably the best app out there. Seems Amazon has acquired the whole market 😀
This is a recent addition to my list. In fact, I came to know about this amazing website/app just today! I always find it difficult to keep a track of all the books I own. In other words, I am bad at cataloging. I cam through this amazing website called Libib. Libib is basically a solution for the cataloging problem. There is an easily searchable database (including a barcode scanner feature) which allows you to catalog your books. You can save your books in different groups. You can add book blurbs, tags, notes and even price to each book. You can even add your review and rating too. Basically, it works as a whole library. Isn’t this great?
This is not only for books. You can even create movies and games libraries too.
Libib also has Android and iOS apps and you can manage your library from your mobile device. You can even export your catalog to create an easy back-up. I am new to this service so don’t know about all of its features. But I can tell that I am already in love with this I am going to use it regularly now 🙂 If you haven’t used it yet, I would definitely recommend this.
Litsy is an app similar to Instagram in terms of looks and similar to Goodreads in terms of functionality. You can share photos of the books much like Instagram. You can also share a quote from the book you’re reading and tag the book. I created an account on Litsy but now I am not using it. I find its functionalities limited as compared to Goodreads.
I use this to read the PDF files provided by NetGalley. Though I hate reading the PDF files, there are some ARCs for which only PDFs are available and NetGalley recommend this app to read them as they provide protected files.
This is a great website to find all kind of lists. I came to know about this site when I was searching for my Rory Gilmore Reading list. Not only the book challenges list, there are movies and other challenge lists too. You can create an account there and mark the book you have read on the list. You can even create your own challenge there.
Which is your go-to app/website for all your bookish stuff?
Is there any other website/app that I have missed here but you use?
Have you heard about Libib? Would you or do you use it?
Leave me your link to today’s Top Ten Tuesday and I will check it out 🙂