Have you heard of Litsy? No? Well let me gush about it. Likened to the baby of Instagram and Goodreads, Litsy is a newcomer to the social network scene (only available on iOS currently, sorry!). It is the app for book-lovers and frequent readers!
It’s pretty simple. You can do three things when it comes to a book you read: post a Quote from the book, write a Blurb about the book, or Review the book.
Posts can contain photos, text, or both, but they have to be linked to a particular book. When you review a book, there are only four options: Pick, So-So, Pan, and Bail.
Here’s a post I made last month:
Find other Litsy’ers to follow, and their posts show up in your feed. When viewing your feed, you have only a few options: add a book to your To Be Read stack, comment on their post, or love their post. That’s pretty much it!
Here’s what my profile page looks like:
The little glasses show what I am reading currently, the little lightning bolt at the bottom gives me notifications, and the little plus gives me the option to post a new post. The more you interact with Litsy, the more your “Litfluence” number rises (see my number on the right). Everyone starts with 42 (a nod to Douglas Adams) but it is fun to see it rise quickly! The whole app is easy and intuitive.
So why am I so enamored with Litsy? Well, for the most part, Litsy’ers are AWESOME. Everyone is so kind and just gosh darn into books. It’s book nerd paradise. When I am partway through a book and considering bailing, I can ask the Litsy community if it’s worth pushing through. When I need a recommendation, the Litsy folks are there. I have added so many amazing books to my To Be Read stack that I never would have heard of without the recommendations of Litsy’ers. Here are a few of the books I am excited to read based on Litsy recommendations but are totally outside my normal YA Fantasy wheelhouse:
Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby
When young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. But Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember.
The Fireman, by Joe Hill
From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.
City of Thieves, by David Benioff
During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.
Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson
Five thousand years later after a catastropic event rendered the Earth a ticking time bomb, the progeny of a handful of outer space explorers–seven distinct races now three billion strong–embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown … to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.
If you haven’t given Litsy a chance, I highly recommend it! Find me on Litsy at claireluana!
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