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Can Goodreads Tell Me Who I Am?

I was recently introduced to the Goodreads app which allows users to list, rate, review and share what they have read. The “selling” point is that you not only let folks know about what is of interest to you, but can also quickly gather a recommendation list for your own future reading.

It was while I was looking through what connected friends had on their reading lists that a related thought came to mind. I remember hearing it said that you could tell a great deal about people based on the books they had on their reading shelf.

Is this true?

Think about it. Could there be, in row upon row of various tomes in public display, an insight into the personality of the owner?

If so, take it one step further. Which of those many books held special influence? After all, many of the displayed volumes could be the result of recommendations from others, or an impulse purchase of the latest best seller.

If I could separate “the ones with influence” from all of the others, what information would emerge about me? Would I be able to determine why certain stories resonate with me, and why I use the ones that I do in my learning presentations?

I don’t know, but I have officially launched the experiment.

There are certain limits because I am now a very devoted reader of electronic books, and Goodreads isn’t nearly as Kindle friendly as it is with hard copy books with readable bar codes. For instance, I was recently very impressed with Susan Cain’s QUIET…and, unless I find a way to “trick” it into my list, it will need to reside off to the side with my other Kindle books.

For the next month or so, I’m going to collect as many of the books that had a profound influence on me and describe them in my Goodreads account. Initially, my list will be very sparse, but feel free to check Jim Dooley’s account in the next month or so.

I may surprise us both.

Thank you for reading…literally!