Let’s Talk Bookish: Tracking reading

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts.

This weeks topic is: Tracking reading

Do you keep track of the books you read?
If so, do you use Goodreads? Storygraph? Another platform?

I have been keeping track of my reading since I think 2014 – that’s the first Goodreads Challenge I have on my account! I use Goodreads and a physical journal to keep track of what I’ve read. I’ve heard great things about Storygraph but I’m too invested in using Goodreads and in too deep to want to try and switch platforms personally – it sounds like a lot of work to move over…

I know Storygraph has cool graphics and tells you about genres and pacing and all that and while it sounds interesting, its not something I feel like I need to know.

Has the way you keep track of your reading changed since you started blogging?

I started seriously blogging in 2017 – that’s when I really started writing reviews and trying to articulate my thoughts. I’ve always written some form of review, usually for myself, on Goodreads even prior to that because otherwise I’d never remember what I thought of a book!

I’ve used Goodreads for a while and I find it to be very helpful in knowing what I have already read. In the past year or two I started keeping track in my daily planner as well what I’ve read each month. In 2022, I’m using a planner designed by Illumicrate so it has a dedicated page for reading log which I’m loving! I like keeping a paper list of what I’ve read too, its just nice to flip back on – even now, in May, I’m enjoying that I can look back at my reading logs for January – April easily.

What are the pros and cons of tracking your reading?

Pros are obviously you remember what you read! Its almost like keeping a diary of what you’ve done and where you’ve been. It’s nice to be able to look back at what you’ve read. I’ve used a yearly planner ever since high school and I find it so helpful in life, so keeping track of my reading is second nature to me.

Cons could be that it can get stressful to keep track and it can start to feel like a competition – who can read the most books in a week/month/year. It can also be time consuming if you don’t log after every book you finish.

How about you – do you track you’re reading and if so, how?

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