Okay, I know I just wrote a post about why I love LinkedIn; but I have another reason! You know that nifty little widget that allows you to create a list of books you’re reading, want to read or have read? If you don’t know about it, I suggest you check it out under the More Tab > Applications.
I am someone who loves going to Borders for hours to wander the aisles. I enjoy spending time in used bookstores on a Saturday afternoon (I’m in walking distance to a few). I also like reading the back covers of several books; some with cool titles or fancy pictures. I’m the girl who stares really hard as I try to figure out the title of a book an innocent stranger is reading…but with all that I often walk out empty-handed.
As much as I enjoy going to the bookstore, choosing a book leaves me with an overwhelming sense of anxiety. I rarely know where to begin. My mind draws a blank, I can’t remember any of the titles or authors of books my friends suggested I read. I painfully try to think of all the books I’ve been suggested over the past weeks at networking events or something I over heard reviewed on NPR. Usually I don’t pick up a book as soon as I hear about it since I’m usually in the middle of reading something.
With my Amazon book list I can keep track of books I want to read, or follow the list of other people I think have interesting lists. If your switching sectors or you want to build on an existing relationships, discussing books is great avenue. I have books I read for fun and for professional purposes on my list. Want to get into the head of a CEO, check out their book list. What books are professionals in your sector reading? Did you make a new connection on LinkedIn; check to see if they have a book list. It’s a good way to build rapport and network when you understand someone else’s knowledge source.
Choosing a book doesn’t leave me anxious anymore, I get a bit excited when I update my book list status from Want to Read > Currently Reading > Have Read.
Do you use the Amazon Book List, why or why not?