I blame Anya completely for this one. I saw her post something on Twitter a little over a week or so ago. One of those posts I’m sure we’ve all seen that say something like “I’m on page x of y of book” and then has a link at the end. So being the curious person I am, I clicked it. And found myself on the Literally.io website.
It’s a site for readers, unsurprisingly. You add the books you are currently reading, and update with what percent or page number you have gotten to. And it keeps track of how many pages you read a day and a week. There’s also a few ways it helps you pick your next book out of your TBR pile. You just go to Books, then you get three options. One is browsing their database, one is asking your friends what to read, and the third is my new favorite thing ever.
It’s called the TBR Challenge. You click the Take the Challenge button, and the site grabs 2 books from your TBR list at random. Shows you the book cover, a blurb, and ratings/reviews from Amazon. Then you click “I’d Rather Read This Book” and it chooses a new book to pit against that choice. And it keeps doing it until you’ve spotted a book that sounds like what you’re in the mood for!
And as if that wasn’t fun and useful enough, the site gives you badges! They’re these cute little round cartoony things that you get for all kinds of different stuff. You get one for signing up on the site, you get one for updating your reading progress the first time, finishing your first book, reading an ARC, I just got one called “Nuts For Books Badge” that has a cute little squirrel on it…because I have more than 300+ books in my TBR. *hides*
The site is still in beta, so they’re still adding stuff. There’s a light bulb on every page, and if you click it, you get to vote for one of 2 options they’re working on. And there are lots of options to choose from. They’re pitted against each other kind of like the “TBR Challenge”, once you choose one, the next two appear and you can vote again and again. I’m hoping a phone app will appear soon. That would make it lots easier to use the site at work. *laughs*
You can’t review books on the site, and you can’t post on your friends profiles. So it’s not another GoodReads. But for what you can do, it’s pretty useful. My profile there is SilvaraWilde if you want to see what some of the badges and stuff looks like.
So, are YOU on Literally.io? How long have you been a member? What do you think of it? If you’ve never heard of it before, does it sound like something you might be interested in?