5 Ways To Track Your Reading
As we turn our journals to new pages for the new year, one of the most commonly discussed things at BiblioLifestyle HQ is the different ways we track our reading. In order to get an accurate picture of your reading life, you need to start tracking your reading.
We’re all in different stages of our relationship with reading and the same can be said for tracking our reading. If you’ve been tracking your reading for some time now, you may be looking for ways to improve. If you’re new to it all, you may be trying to decide what will work best for you. We also discuss the 7 Things We Are Tracking In Our Reading Journal in a separate journal post to provide inspiration if you’re not sure what to track.
We will be sharing five different ways you can track your reading and we hope these methods will provide some inspiration and practical methods to get you started. Our recommendation is to try the method that speaks to your first.
There are no fast and hard rules to tracking you reading. Feel free to mix it up, tweak methods and make it your own. In time you’ll learn what works best for you, what doesn’t and you’ll narrow down the information you want to keep tracking!
1. GOODREADS or LIBRARYTHING,
Goodreads has both an app and a website. If you use the app, we recommend using their barcode scanner to scan your book’s barcode and quickly upload the books you own to your TBR list. As you read them, you can mark them as read, and they’ll then move to your read list. You can create lists with different names and keep track of your books that way.
They also have a reading challenge where you can set a numerical goal for the year. Once you’ve read a book and you’ve marked it as read, you’ll see your status towards achieving your goal each time you log in. At the end of the year, they’ll give you a visual round-up along with some statistics.
LibraryThing is pretty similar to Goodreads, with the added perk of connecting with and searching your local library and bookstore. You also have the option of making your account completely private and not having any social interaction. It’s another great way to keep track of your personal book collection and discover new titles.
2. WISH LISTS
Some readers keep track of the books they want to read via wish lists on websites where they shop online. Most popular amongst them are Amazon and Book Depository.
Creating a spreadsheet (Excel or Numbers) with common categories such as title, author, number of pages, and star rating is a great way to track your reading. At the start of a new year, simply create a new sheet or open a new tab in the same file and continue logging your reads.
Spreadsheets can also work well for logging the books you want to read. To learn more about tracking books you want to read, check out our 3 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Reading Life.
4. PHYSICAL JOURNALS
Tracking via old-fashioned pen and paper is definitely top of the list for most readers. You can track by day, week, or by month. Track the books you want to read as well as the books you’ve read. You can also break down your reads by genre, author (male, female, non-binary), and by your personal rating system. You can even get creative and draw bookshelves, book stacks, charts, and graphs.
5. A COMBINATION OF METHODS
At BiblioLifestyle HQ this is our favorite way to track our reading. Here are some combinations you can try:
– Use Goodreads or LibraryThing to take inventory of the books you own and use your physical journal to track and make notes about the books you’ve read.
– Use your online wish lists to track the books you want to read and a spreadsheet to track the ones you’ve read.
– Use a physical journal to track the books you want to read at some point in your life and keep a log of those you’ve read via Goodreads or a spreadsheet.
There are no fast and hard rules to tracking your reading. Feel free to mix it up, tweak methods and make it your own. In time you’ll learn what works best for you, what doesn’t and you’ll narrow down the information you want to keep tracking!
Have a method that’s already working for you? Trying something new? Please share with us in the comments or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org