Sorry for the radio silence guys! Life has been leaning towards the hectic side for the last month but I’m back and I’ve got a pretty exciting new bookish site to introduce you to: meet I’veReadThat…
At the beginning of 2015 I saw plenty of murmurings across the interwebs about a mysterious new reader recommendation site called I’veReadThat. As you guys know, I’m always on the lookout for fellow bookworms and lit recommendations and when I’veReadThat launched back in March this year I wasn’t disappointed.
The site is basically a new take on GoodReads, but with a more up-to-date, sleek design and more of an emphasis on community. You can mark books as having been read or as favourites, leave short (400 character) reviews and recommend titles to other users – which is where the site’s real power lies.
A selection of “featured” users makes it quick and easy to start following like-minded people on the site and it doesn’t take long for other people to start liking your reviews! I would say the difference between GoodReads and I’veReadThat (for me at least) is that I tend to use the former for keeping track of all the books I’ve read and keeping up my pace of reading while the latter is more useful for recommendations and quickly discovering new titles thanks to like-minded readers. Customisable “stacks” allow you to quickly get a feel for a person’s reading tastes (and also provide plenty of inspiration for your own!).
I’ve been using the site for a couple of months and it’s moved on in leaps and bounds. At first it was difficult to find well-known books as they built up their online database and with a small amount of users there wasn’t much going in the way of recommendations. However what made it great were the team themselves. They are undeniably zealous about their new bookish offerings and I often find their enthusiastic comments on my reviews!
A couple of months later, I’veReadThat has improved a lot within a short space of time. You’re met with more recognisable titles on the homepage and the stacks feature has really come into its own – in fact it’s one of my favourite things about the site now! What makes the site stand out from similar book discovery platforms is the community though. It’s extremely blogger friendly and as I mentioned above the founders have a great attitude, even inviting early users to provide plenty of initial feedback on the site (which has evidently been listened to!). Their users create such a friendly, passionate community that leave you feeling like you can’t help but take part in all the exciting activity happening on the site.
If you’re looking for your next big read (or simply looking to connect with more bookworms!) I highly recommend making I’veReadThat one of your go-to sources for bookish inspiration. You can find the site here: https://www.ivereadthat.com/