In the summer of 2010, a friend and I at work corresponded over instant message about how neat it would be to create a shared reading list. The idea was to create a website where we, and our friends, could list the books that we’d read and see reading recommendations from our friends. I promptly went out and purchased the domain name “”. The project never got very far, in large part because we discovered another website had beat us to the punch by three years. That website was Goodreads.