Goodreads reminds me of a reading program we had in Illinois back in grade school. Actually, I'm not sure if it was a reading program as much as it was a clever way for kids (and their parents) to buy books directly from children's publishers. Every year, each student would get this shiny brochure filled with pictures and excerpts of cool books about everything from walkabouts in Australia to kids who lived on deserted islands.
As a burgeoning bookworm, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. You'd simply check off all the books you wanted and then hand it into your teacher. Easy as pie. It was better than Hot Dog Day! Naturally, as a kid, you never thought that any of these books would actually cost hard-earned cash. And thankfully, because my mom was such an avid book reader, she never got too mad when I'd come home from lunch with my completed shiny brochure and tell her, "Hey, Mom, I picked out 25 books at school today. Isn't that cool?" To which she'd reply, "You know, Liz, you can always check out books from the library..."
Then after your Mom sent you back to school with a check, then you'd have to wait for what seemed like forever till your stack of books arrived. But when they did, nirvana!
I don't remember the specific name for this reading program but it sort of reminds me of Goodreads. Every time I log onto Goodreads, I get positively giddy thinking about all the cool books I can read, simply with a click of my mouse. Of course, then I remember that I have to buy them--assuming I can't find them at my library. Now that my local library loans e-books, it's reduced my book-buying crack habit, if only just a little. I still download way too many books.
Anyone else remember a book program like that in grade school? Do they still exist?
P.S. If you're on Goodreads, friend me! I'd love to see what you're reading.