Litsy: A Brand New Bookish App

I discovered Litsy yesterday and it is wonderful.

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What is Litsy?

Litsy is a place to share and discover your favorite books with your favorite people.

The Litsy community is a groundswell of passionate readers, authors, celebrities, and more. Share bookish moments with Quotes, Reviews, and Blurbs. Measure Litfluenceto discover your “bookprint” in the world. Explore recommendations from readers, not algorithms.

Oh yeah, want to organize your reading list? Our app has stacks for that, too.

It’s fun.  It’s simple.  It’s all about the book.

A friend of mine from my publishing days (Steffie, who works for Joe Books, check them out) recommended Litsy to me last week. It took me a few days to get around to it but I am loving it so far.

It will never replace bookstagram for me but it is definitely an awesome mix of goodreads, instagram and twitter. And it’s for books ONLY!

I have to admit that I’ve never really been a fan of Goodreads, I don’t enjoy the structure or the atmosphere. So I love that the book community now has a different outlet for reviewing and sharing reading experiences. The apps layout is easy to figure out so you can feel comfortable getting involved right away! I’m a fan of the rating system, it has moved away from the star system to a “Like, So-S0, Pan and Bail” system. Which I prefer, however I wish there was a “Love” option. Like doesn’t describe how I feel about some books, I need a stronger word.

Do I think it will replace Goodreads? No. It doesn’t have the format for long reviews, which people love. But it is a great way to keep track of my TBR list, as well as share my book photography and reviews on a broader format.

It’s only available for IOS users for now but it’s only a matter of time before it becomes available for everyone.

Come join me on Litsy, my username is RegularlyReads!

Until next time,

TheReadersigntransp

Pleasure Reading with Sarah Knight

I just wanted to thank @MCSnugz (aka Sarah Knight, author of The Life-changing Magic Of Not Giving a F*ck) for this post on Book Riot about the power of pleasure reading.

notgivingafuckI was an intern at a major publisher and it was absolutely amazing, a book lovers dream, which I miss dearly and would do again in a heartbeat. BUT I had the same reading problem. I had stacks of ARCs to read and prepare work for and they were all books I would be happy to pick up in store anyway so I should have been thrilled, but there is a difference between reading because it has to get done and reading for pleasure. I almost resented my book stacks by the end of the internship (just an internship, although a full career hasn’t been counted out yet) because I missed reading when and where I wanted to. These feelings were completely unexpected. I thought I would have my Book Lovers badge taken away because I was so lucky to be in the position I was, surrounded by amazing books and future best sellers, and not loving every minute. So thank you Sarah Knight for making me feel like I can still proudly wear my Book Lovers badge.

Starting Regularly Reads was a way to share books with the community I love (here’s looking at you fellow book lovers) at my own pace and schedule. I may return to the publishing world someday in the near future and this time I won’t underestimate the power of pleasure reading.

It’s all about balance.

Because as Sarah said “…life is too short to finish books you don’t like”.

Until next time,

TheReadersigntransp

P.S. I did love my internship (just not every minute) and would recommend a career in publishing to anyone considering it. When your only problem is you have TOO many books to read…well life isn’t that bad. Just remember balance.