The new year is a time known for reflecting on the past twelve months and setting new resolutions for the upcoming year. As this past year came to a close, I began considering what was working for me and what wasn’t, specifically in regards to tracking my reading.
For someone who loves consistency, I’ve had a difficult time keeping up with any particular system over the years. I’ve gone through periods of not keeping track at all to a basic list in a notebook to a complex spreadsheet.
Since finding Goodreads in 2014, that has been the one place where I am consistent, logging every book I read (or don’t finish!), along with my rating and the genre(s) the book fits in. This is also where I keep track of the books I want to read, those that are available from my local library, and the books I own and haven’t read yet. And this works for me.
But every so often, I get the urge to track my books somewhere else as well. Since I grew up in a time before the internet was ubiquitous, I always wonder what would happen if the internet went down. The technology we have available at our fingertips is amazing, and I, like many others, can no longer imagine life without a smartphone. But that little niggling what if in the back of my mind is still there.
So this year, I’m contemplating a second place to track the books I read. Perhaps I’ll start a reading journal or invest in some time setting up a spreadsheet. I still haven’t decided. But I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject! Do you track your reading? And if so, how?