FIVE GOOD BOOK RESOURCES: BECAUSE WE ALL LOVE THEM. Chatting about some bookish resources and which may be helpful. All text © Rissi JC


October 18, 2021 Rissi JC 26 Comments

Anyone who’s of the bookish ilk will understand that any good resource of the bookworm variety is a good thing. This is why today, we’re chatting about good book resources, just because it’s fun. While I cannot speak to the helpfulness of many of these, because I’ll be honest, I don’t use “resources” much, I did think they still seemed fun and I wanted to share them in case they may help you.


Below, you’ll find websites and physical books to help in your reader life, but whatever you find, the goal is, hopefully, that something is a resource for you to find useful. Let’s move on and take a look.

PS; Just want to give a shout-out and thanks to anyone who left a thoughtful comment on my ‘Reader Pet Peeves’ post. I’m so glad to know I’m not alone in my read-what-you-want mentality. I kinda’ thought I was! So, thanks to everyone. I loved reading your comments and *finally* sat down to respond to them all.



I’m not into book journaling, but I do look at them now and again and think they look really nice and you can find them on places like Etsy. This rust colored one is really pretty, simple and definitely something I’d buy if I was using one.


This isn’t a “resource” in the way I’m thinking of them, but books can be one for sure – especially if you read books that give facts rather than something you want to be true. However, I’m trying to find my way back to books because this culture of you-cannot-read-this-because-of-x or you-cannot-write-this-because-it-triggers-y affect me. It’s sad that we don’t take better care and responsibility of ourselves without impressing that on everyone around us. That kind of mindset is, in many instances, causing others to not be “ok,” which is then counterproductive to the messaging of those wanting to ban x, y or z.


Hesitating adding this because honestly, I rarely use Goodreads these days. I got logged out a while back (just because that’s what sites do is log you out after so long) and I don’t care. I haven’t taken the time to dig out my log-in info and then to update my status or add books I’ve read. Of course, part of this could be I’m just not reading, but also, I just don’t have the same feeling for Goodreads anymore. Not because of the people (who I chat with), but because of the site itself and just in general, too.


These may not be resources in the way of Goodreads or Libib app, but I do try, more recently, to order from small bookstores. My reasons for this are different than most people, but I’m glad there’s some out there even if it does hurt a little more to purchase from them because they have to charge more as well as shipping costs.


I used to use this app ALL THE TIME. At this point I’d probably need to re-load it with a new password set up since it’s been that long since I actually used it. My use for it was to catalog my books (on my shelf) and it was SO easy, convenient and even fun. Maybe one of these days I’ll update it – and really, I do need to unhaul some books (again).

Yes, this is my slim and pathetic list of bookish things! Tell me all the ones I’m neglectfully MISSING! What are you favorite (or non-favorite!) book resources? Which of these do you use? Are there any you think are unnecessary? Comment all of your thoughts down in the comments! I look forward to chatting.


FIVE GOOD BOOK RESOURCES: BECAUSE WE ALL LOVE THEM. Chatting about some bookish resources and which may be helpful. All text © Rissi JC

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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  • Lydia October 19, 2021 at 6:28 AM

    Libib does sound helpful for sure.

    • Rissi JC November 1, 2021 at 7:41 PM

      It was! I haven’t used it in YEARS, but I remember really liking it. Especially now after I’m realizing I double-buy books – not good! :D Thanks for visiting, Lydia.

  • Angela October 19, 2021 at 6:41 AM

    I’ve been trying to shop more through, since it does support indie bookstores. They do charge shipping, but their prices are often comparable to Amazon.

    • Rissi JC November 1, 2021 at 7:42 PM

      I agree. The prices aren’t THAT much more though of course, it’s the shipping that REALLY hurts. :D

  • Lori October 19, 2021 at 7:37 AM

    I’m always looking for an alternative to Goodreads, since I think that it’s obvious that it’s not a priority for Amazon at all. I’ll check out LIBIB for sure.

    I totally went off-topic this week—

    • Rissi JC November 1, 2021 at 7:43 PM

      Goodreads isn’t a priority for me either I’ll admit. I think some readers are finding alternative sources, but I’ll be honest, I haven’t looked at them. Hope you find something. Going off topic is ALWAYS fun! Thanks for the visit, Lori. Nice to meet you. :)

  • Pam @ Read! Bake! Create! October 19, 2021 at 8:21 AM

    I think a lot of people have a love/hate relationship with Goodreads. I use it mainly because I have everything already there, and I don’t want to deal with transferring it all over to another app or site.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    • Rissi JC November 1, 2021 at 7:44 PM

      I would agree about Goodreads, Pam. It’s more and more of an annoyance for some. I just don’t use it anymore. Not because I love or hate it, just because it’s another thing to keep up with and I’m already busy with enough. :) Someday I’ll log on again and be embarrassed. ;)

  • Stefani October 19, 2021 at 9:21 AM

    Goodreads is a life saver, the number of times I’d started reading a series without realizing it before I used the site is big. Happy reading! My TTT

    • Rissi JC November 1, 2021 at 7:45 PM

      So glad you value and enjoy Goodreads, Stefani! That’s awesome. :)

  • Astilbe October 19, 2021 at 9:46 AM

    I’d never heard of book journaling before. Very interesting!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    • Rissi JC November 1, 2021 at 7:47 PM

      I don’t know that I did it much, but I used to have a small journal to write and catalog the books I’ve read. I sometimes think it’s not something I want to spend time on, but then other times I also think it’s better to be doing something like WRITING rather than using an app. I’m starting more and more to think of technology (apps/social media) as part of the problem as to why humans aren’t kind to each other. Makes me sad. :/

  • An @ Traversing Chapters October 19, 2021 at 3:23 PM

    I have Goodreads on my list as well, but it’s definitely not without its flaws. Thank you for visiting my blog earlier!

    An @ Traversing Chapters recently posted: My Favourite Online Resources for Book Lovers – TTT
    • Rissi JC November 1, 2021 at 7:47 PM

      For sure! Always have flaws with any kind of app no matter how much we use it. :) Thank you for the return visit.

  • Laura October 19, 2021 at 6:09 PM

    If you don’t have a local indie bookstore near you, check out that works directly with independent bookstores! It’s another great resource! Happy TTT!

    • Rissi JC November 1, 2021 at 7:51 PM

      Great knowing! Thank you, Laura. :)

  • Dini @ dinipandareads October 20, 2021 at 6:28 AM

    I used to not use Goodreads a lot a few years ago but now I can’t imagine not using Goodreads to find new reads and to keep track of what I’m reading (mostly cos I don’t use anything else to catalogue this like I know many readers do)!

    • Rissi JC November 1, 2021 at 7:53 PM

      I just have so much I’m trying to keep current that adding my Goodreads page seems annoying. ;) I don’t hate or love GR, but I’m pouring so much into my website just now that my priority is here. :) Someday I’ll log on again and attempt to update everything. ;) I’m also SUCH a turtle reader that it seems silly to add what I’m reading since I don’t change things promptly or read something promptly.

  • Cindy Davis October 20, 2021 at 10:10 AM

    I had not heard of Libid before. Thanks for sharing. Here is my link for this week:

    • Rissi JC November 1, 2021 at 7:55 PM

      It used to be super helpful and easy for me! I haven’t updated in YEARS so who knows what it’s like now. ;) Thanks for visiting, Cindy.

  • Dedra @ A Book Wanderer October 20, 2021 at 11:46 AM

    I’ve been trying to make a concentrated effort to purchase books from anywhere other than Amazon. and Book Depository are both good choices. For a physical store, I used Half Price Books. :)

    • Rissi JC November 1, 2021 at 7:56 PM

      I haven’t shopped (online) at the discount book stores for a long time! I should look there again because does hurt a bit when it comes to shipping. I understand why they have to charge the customer though, but golly! Those prices just keep going up.

  • Heidi Robbins October 20, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    I use Goodreads to catalog my books and it’s been amazing to use as a resource. I’ll have to check out Libib to see if it has features I need that Goodreads doesn’t provide.

    • Rissi JC November 1, 2021 at 8:05 PM

      Libib is basically just a library tool. Or it was when I used it. It’s been a while! Who knows the changes made by now. :)

  • Paula Shreckhise October 21, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    I use goodreads for all the books. But I just started using Library Thing for the books I am currently reading or have read this year.

    • Rissi JC November 1, 2021 at 8:08 PM

      I feel as though I’ve been seeing some people use LibraryThing more often. I don’t think I’ve looked into it, or at least not recently. I’ll have to check it out. :)

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