A bookworm’s guide to bookish social media sites

There are an abundant amount of places for bookworms to connect with others online. My guide will give you a brief overview of each one along with my personal thoughts on them. Click on the banners to be taken to each site to join and learn more!

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Goodreads

Goodreads is by far the most popular site for bookworms. It does have it fair share of problems (like the recent changes to its giveaways) but overall it is an excellent place to catalogue all your books, read reviews, discover new books, and chat with other book lovers. It is also one of the most social sites out there due to its popularity.

To friend me on Goodreads click here.

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Bookstagram

Bookstagram is the bookish section of Instagram. It’s a wonderful community filled with people from all over the world who love reading. Plus there are some gorgeous pictures of books! Since it is Instagram, it’s super easy to use. It just takes a bit of looking to find bookstagram accounts. I suggest looking up #bookstagram and starting there. You’ll quickly get the hang of it.

To follow me on Bookstagram click here.

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BookLikes

BookLikes is like the child of Tumblr and Goodreads. Its format is very similar to Tumblr, with the added ability of shelving books. They have giveaways but the selection is incredibly limited and the quality of books aren’t great. I also find that the website is super glitchy and slow. Every now and then I’ll get super frustrated with it.

To follow me on BookLikes click here.

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LibraryThing

LibraryThing is a cataloguing site like Goodreads. I mainly use it for the giveaways. Outside of that I don’t find it terribly exciting. It’s pretty much the same thing as Goodreads, so I only go on it to look at giveaways and post reviews.

To friend me on LibraryThing click here. 

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ReadFeed

ReadFeed is a cataloguing app. It’s relatively new so not very many people use it. Because of that, it’s not that interesting to use…yet. Only time will tell if this will take off.

If you want to follow me on ReadFeed, my username is @oddandbookish.

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Litsy

Listy is basically Instagram and Goodreads combined. It’s an app that is pretty much all pictures and short blurbs, and users can add books to their stacks and rate them. Their rating system is a bit different. It goes “Pick, So-So, Pan, or Bail” (no star ratings here). There is also a thing called Litfluence which is a number that goes up with every like, comment, etc. you receive. The downsides to this app is that like ReadFeed, not very many people use it. Many people create an account and abandon it shortly after. The other thing that drives me nuts is that it has a 451 character limit on posts. I always have to post a super abbreviated review on there which I really don’t like doing.

If you want to follow me on Litsy, my username is @oddandbookish.

The Bottom Line: If you’re looking for an easy place to connect with your fellow bookworms, then I suggest joining Goodreads and/or Bookstagram. The other sites are okay to join as well, but they each have their tradeoffs.

Are you on any of these sites? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! 

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23 thoughts on “A bookworm’s guide to bookish social media sites

  1. Vera Nordic Soul says:

    So excited to check out these new sites and literary platforms! I’m a big user or Instagram and Goodreads, but the rest I haven’t used that much. Also, podcasting is a new platform that is taking a big role in the bookish world. Lots of fantastic book talks and conversations!

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