I have mentioned Goodreads before. If you’re not on Goodreads, you might consider checking it out. Not that you really want more social networking opportunities, but since this is relating to books, it has a particular value.
I find it a handy place to maintain a list of books I want to read. When my birthday or Christmas comes up, I turn to it and grab things from my to-read list when I’m asked what gift I want. Also, I can access it when I’m at my county library, browsing the stacks for a new book.
It is also a great place to see what your editor, or potential editor, thinks of the books that you like. I don’t usually take the time to write reviews there, but I don’t give out 5 stars easily, and if it’s got that rating, you know I appreciated every minute of it.
Any writer must be a reader. I subscribe to the belief that you must read what you want to write. This is why university writing programs require literature classes in addition to writing workshops. This is why, when I teach writing, I start by assigning stories. This is why, when a client tells me they write urban literary fiction, I tell them to read Junot Diaz. I like love Aimee Bender, so I receive her Goodreads updates and learn what she’s reading. No better way to uncover her stylistic influences. Same with the Brothers Grandbois.
They post some good interviews too.
Friend me on Goodreads, and tell me what you’ve got next to your rocker.