Hello Fellow Readers,
How is your weekend going?
I am spending a chill weekend at home, reading and drinking coffee. I mean, there is not much else I can do given the current situation, lol. I thought today I’d change the topic a little bit, so instead of books let’s talk about apps. I would like to share with you the five best apps that I consider super helpful and vital to surviving my TBR, but also that help me to find my next read.
1 – Google Keep
I can’t stress this enough – this app is a lifesaver. Google Keep allows you to create tons and tons of lists on your PC and then it will synchronise them on your phone. The best thing is, you can colour-code your notes, you can create checklists, you can pin them at the top, share with other users and set reminders. I can carry my TBR or wish-list with me, and check it while I am buying the world in a bookshop, in case, you know… sometimes you want to actually buy books you need, even if you are just tempted to buy whatever attracts your eyes. Anyway, I think the best thing about Google Keep is that if I am reading and I don’t have my reading journal with me, I can just add a quick note there and then update my trackers.
Oh, well, yes… you can, of course, use it for normal life stuff as well, like sharing your grocery shopping list with your households.
2 – Goodreads
We all know Goodreads. I think Goodreads is a parallel universe where you can easily get lost in reviews and book recommendations. I can spend hours on this website and I secretly dream of working for them one day. Other than using it to catalogue all my read and to-be-read books, I truly enjoy reading reviews from friends or even from people I don’t know. My favourite feature of Goodreads is the lists – I love lists! – where you can express your opinions by voting on the titles you wish to see the list. I have to be honest, I don’t really take part in many groups and communities there. While I interact with other friends, liking or leaving comments on their reviews or updates, I don’t actually comment on groups. I joined lots of them, but I find the whole interface quite offputting and crowded. They look like old-style forums, I don’t think they are really user-friendly. I wish Goodreads improves that graphic and functional aspect of the website a little bit more, making it easier to follow and take part in conversations on boards.
PS: feel free to add me on Goodreads – always looking for new friends!
Where were we? Ah! Number three!
3 – Bookly
I rarely purchase app subscriptions. Bookly is one rare exception. The good news is, you don’t really need to buy it, you can use it for free. Bookly is a reading assistant. You can add your books to your booklist or to a specific collection, then when you are ready to start the book, you click on the icon/cover and click start reading. When you want to put down the book, you just press stop, enter the last page number you read and TA-DAAA you have your personal stats. It will automatically calculate and record how many pages you read per hour and the speed. When you finish a book, it will make you amazing infographics. If you are a geek like me and you love having a reading journal and record how many pages you read per day and the time you read, this app will simplify your life – a lot. This is the main reason why I purchased the subscription. The infographics are super cool, you can obviously share them on your social media, but you can also track your reading stats by month or year. And I am not done yet! They organise great readathons and the more you read the more you get your personal badges. And the magic is not over yet. You can enter quotes, manually or just snapping a photo of the page, and you can create your own reading goals! WOW! The only problem with Bookly is their database. Sometimes I add books from their database and the page number is wrong or the cover is not available and I have to add everything manually. If you read many ARCs, this can get annoying.
Visit their website here: Getbookly.
Can I get a job for you guys at Bookly??
4 – Litsy
Oh Litsy, you will always have a special place in my heart. I was a beta tester for this app and I loved it. I was super active there but then work and life, you know, the usual stuff took over and I wanted to focus on this blog. I will always recommend this app because this is truly an amazing bookworm community. All the members are super welcoming and friendly. But, I am digressing. What is Litsy? Well, Litsy is like Instagram for bookworms. You post a picture of the book you are reading, and you don’t need to be super creative or use special light/filter effect and prompts, it can be simply your book next to your pancake. You share if you are just starting to read it, if you liked it or if you didn’t like it. You can add a short review to your post, relevant hashtags, and the photo editor is quite awesome. It has great filters and stickers you can add to your photos. The community organises readathons and reading challenges, as well as other amazing initiatives like Christmas gifts, snail mails and so much more. The desktop version is great too. You can upload your Goodreads lists, so your read and TBR books are the same as in Goodreads. Do you want to know what the cool part about Litsy is? The more you post/comment/add books to your stacks, the more Liftfluence points you get. Nothing competitive, just fun data about your reading activities.
Find more about Litsy here.
and the last one…
5 – BookSloth
This is a brand new app for which I have lots of expectations. It is supposed to be the new Goodreads, and provide better book recommendations. It is basically a new social media built around the reading community, and it should allow you to find other friends with a similar reading taste. You can also add reviews to books you read, take part in reading challenges and so on. The feature I am most interested in is the “Upcoming” section, which should show books coming out based on the books you previously read. Another awesome feature is the reading recommendations as you open the app, which are based on the community’s suggestions, and on topics that really matter and trending at the moment, like Books from Black Authors, Celebrating Pride, Hispanic Heritage books and so on. I think it’s worth having this app on your phone, and I have a feeling it will become a huge thing in the upcoming months. I just wish I could bring my Goodreads shelves in there so it would make more relevant recommendations.
Check and download BookSloth here.
And now, tell me, which apps can’t you live without and which one do you think every bookworm should have?