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    By Courtney Hatley

    If you’re an avid reader and an iPhone or Android user, do yourself a favor and download the Goodreads app for your smartphone. Goodreads is a virtual bookshelf application that allows users to keep track of what they want to read, and provides a log for books they are currently reading and have read in the past. Readers can write reviews and rate books, add quotes, notes and progress updates as they read, as well as follow and comment on what their friends are reading (Goodreads can be integrated with Facebook). Discover new (and old) books by exploring popular book lists, joining Goodreads online book clubs and viewing literary events near you. Goodreads also provides recommendations based on books you have read and rated, so you are never left wondering “What should I read next?” You can also scan the barcode of a book with the Goodreads barcode scanner and read reviews before checking out at the library. Want to recommend something to your friends? Share your books on Twitter, Facebook, via text message or email. If you don’t have a smartphone, the Goodreads website ( boasts all the same features for browsing at home or on a laptop. Browse books on Goodreads through user created and genre based lists, or simply search for what you’re looking for in the search bar. Find your next favorite book with Goodreads!

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