In March of this year I read about Litsy on the Book Riot website. The timing couldn’t have more perfect. It was the week before spring break and I was in a mild reading slump. I decided to try it out and it hit all the right notes for me.
It’s been described as the marriage of Goodreads and Instagram. It’s an apt description. I also like to think of it as “what happens when Goodreads and Instagram decide to focus and get rid of the clutter.”
Litsy is nothing but readers and books. While there are publishers and professional book people there, it still feels like it’s everyday readers generating most of the content. I love it.
I admit it. I have book shame. I am a lazy, lazy reader and I don’t want to feel taxed when reading. I read what most people would consider to be of low literary merit (Yes, I realize I should not compare myself with others and I should revel in my love of Nancy Drew. I’m still working on that.).
On Litsy I get none of that shame. Something about seeing readers and their books in their own habitat seems to validate my own book feelings. Just seeing everyone’s shelves jammed with books that they haven’t read yet makes me feel better about my own possibly out of control book-buying habits.
Like = No Pressure = Introvert Paradise
Littens (the absolutely perfect term for people on Litsy….I guess you’re a Luppy if you prefer dogs?) get me. They understand the introvert struggle. On Litsy I feel like a downright extrovert!
My favoriteist thing is the “like heart”. I just scroll away and read blurbs and like all the things and BOOM! I’m like participatory and sh*t. I swear if everything in life had a “like” button I would be the queen of social interaction. Every blog should have the option of liking all the comments (note to self: look into that.)
I can participate on group activities like BuddyReads or Photo Challenges (like the monthly one hosted by Real Life Reading.) and never have to leave my house. I know there are things like this on Goodreads and LibraryThing, but they seem so…organized. I lurk by nature. Because of that, it always feels a little like a waste of time to be in a group if I’m not adding anything or participating. I need something loosey goosey. Have hashtag, will participate…or not. Even if I am not adding to the conversation daily, there are stil other things I can be doing on Litsy.
Yup. Animals. I worship the #catsoflitsy and the #dogsoflitsy. I’m on a first name basis with some of them (Hi, Max! Hi, Bitsy!)
If you’re on Litsy, feel free to look me up. I’m Sace over there.