When it comes to the end of a reading year I can’t be the only person here who loves a good statistic. How much I read, what genres, what authors etc. But to get those stats we need to keep track of everything we read throughout the year.
I’ve been tracking my reading since I was 15. In that time I’ve tried and tested so many different ways. Today I want to share with you what I think are the best and most fun ways of doing it.
First, the obvious and probably most popular way of keeping track of your reading is Goodreads.
This site is perfect for people who want to make their reading more social. You can update what you’re reading as you go, interact with other readers and at the end of the year Goodreads gives you a list of all the books you marked as ‘Read’.
There’s also the Goodreads Challenge which allows you to set a goal for yourself for how many books you’d like to read in a year. You can set it at any number you think you’re capable of.
I also keep a reading journal. This is good for anyone who is as obsessed with notebooks as I am. This is how I keep track of not just what I’m reading but my thoughts as well. I’ll update it as I’m reading and sometimes write in quotes I like or predictions.
This last one is my personal favourite, Google Sheets!
Here’s a link if you want to take a peek at what it looks like. Essentially, this is if I want more indepth statistics at the end of the year. It’s a bit more work and it’s not for everyone, but I love the info it gives me about my reading.
So this year I’ve made a few changes in order to get more out of it.
Ratings – On my spreadsheet last year my ratings chart didn’t turn out very clear so this year I’m sticking with the 5 star rating system.
Pages – I’d love to know what size books I’m more inclined to pick up and read.
Year First Published – This is a completely new addition. I’m curious to see what years my books come from and whether there’s any gaps I’d like to fill.
Series – Another new addition. This is to keep track of where I’m at with my series (whether they’re ongoing or complete) and how many standalones I read.
Status – This is how I’ll keep track of rereads and DNFs. Everything else will be marked ‘read’
Source – Library, Own or ARC
Diversity? – In this column I’ll track what diversity the books I am reading has in them. I’m doing this for two reasons, one, to encourage me to think about what I am reading more but also to help me when it comes to recommending diverse books.
Reviewed? – If I have wrote an individual review for the book I’ll put yes. I’m curious to know how many of the books I read in the year get a review.
Author Nationality – I’ve always had this but before I would just put White or POC. Now, if I can, I want to give this category a little more detailed. So now I’ll put British, American, African American, Asian etc. etc.
New to Me Author? – Another yes or no column, just to see whether the author influences what I read in any way. I have no idea if I tend to stick with authors I know or not.
I also have a sheet where I keep track of what I’m borrowing from the library. I just have three columns for it, the book name, the return date and whether I’ve read it or not.
Let me know how you’re going to track your reading in 2019!
Thanks for reading,