This topic comes up a lot in the bookish social media world. I have a couple different ways that I track my reading and my books so I thought I’d share.
First of all, I have a Read,Remember, Recommend Reading Journal created by Rachelle Rogers Knight. If you have never seen one of these, it’s fabulous. The first section is “Awards and Notable Lists”. This section includes lists of books that have won various awards such as a Pulitzer, National Book Critics, and National Book Award just to name a few. The next section is “To Read”. This is obviously a section where you can keep track of books that you want to read. It also has checking off columns so that you can label a book as “own”, “recommend” , “to read”, and “want. This is a handy way to keep track of your TBR. The third section is “Journal Pages”. This section allows you to keep track of the books you’ve read. I decided to use this journal as a way to keep track of my 2014 reads since it was a Christmas gift last year. In this section, you can list the book you’ve read, it’s format, reason for reading, recommended by, and comments and thoughts. It’s such a great way to organize your thoughts about your books. Also, it makes a great reference for people who get behind on their reviews ::cough::like me::cough:: The fourth section is “Recommendations”. This is a section where you can list the books that you’ve recommended to others. The next section is “Loaner Lists”. This is a useless section to me since I don’t loan out my books. Yeah. I’m a grinch like that. The last section is the “Resources” section which sounds boring, but it’s actually a great compilation of websites for all of the book awards pages so that you can visit them and add to your TBR. It also lists Book Blogs, social networking sites for readers, and book exchange websites just to name a few.
I love this journal. Out of all the journals I’ve attempted to keep throughout my lifetime, this is the only one that I’ve kept current. My only complaint is that it hasn’t been updated since 2009 so I’m sure a lot of the resource web addresses are outdated and the book award lists are missing five years and counting. I’d really like to have another one or one like it but only if it gets a current update.
Secondly, I use Goodreads to keep track of all my books. I’ve tried Library Thing and a couple other similar websites but I’ve found Goodreads to be the most user friendly and with it’s scan feature on its app, it’s a breeze to add new books. This is also a handy feature if you’re at a book shop or library and want to add books to your “to read” shelf without trying to remember what they are until you can get home and to your computer or notebook.
So, what methods do you use to keep track of your reading obsession? I’d love to know and perhaps I’ll find a new way of tracking my own.