It’s the million dollar question today that is on my mind. How do you track your reading? Do you use a notebook or an app or do you actually organize your bookshelf in the order you read your books?
Technology has definitely added a multitude of option for tracking yours reads, you to be read and even giving you suggestions on what to read based on your past reads. No more hoping the librarian actually gets what kind of book you’re looking for when at the tip of your fingers in over hundreds sometimes thousands of like-minded readers.
So while you read this little tidbit from me, as I suggest some sites I found to track your reads, you can contemplate the way the chose to track your reads, because well, I’m a nosy person and I want to know.
This is a pretty well-known source for tracking books and connecting with other readers. I really don’t have that much complaint with Goodreads, The formatting is easy to use and pretty cohesive. I love the Goodreads Challenge. A personal set by oneself that you can see your progress with every book you input as read. Let’s not forget that they host a place for authors/publish to do giveaways. Whether it be Audio, physical or e-book, Goodreads allows you to track them all. Another feature I like it that it links you to the location to buy the book and to the author information (as long as the author has provided it). Plus they have great widgets to add to blogs.
This site is fairly new to me. I heard about through the grapevine also known as Facebook, so I had out check it out. I was surprised how much I loved the layout. I adore the badges that can be earned and found them to be a unique touch( You can also suggest badge to be earned). The ease of the site and again that you can create your own challenge like, reads 5 books in 2 weeks or such. You have the option of creating a large challenge along with mini challenges for yourself. Which I tried out and failed*. It’s rather easy to add friends and follow based on reading preferences. There’s no link to the author’s information, and I have yet to figure out a way to edit a review which is limited to a certain number of characters. I do love the bookshelf where you get a photo lineup of your book, which tells you directly underneath the book what you rated it. The downfall, a lot of the indie and self-published books do not show up on their radar. *My reason for failing my challenge. That is a big downfall for me, I know it won’t be for everyone but for me and a huge fan of Indie & self-publisher not being able to rate on a book rating site, it really sucks.
Not the most creative name, right? Also a new discovery for me through the same grapevine. LibraryThing took me some time to get into the groove of things. Ok, I was initially drawn to it for its giveaways. Which is a large number but I’ve noticed that the giveaways are a higher amount being distributed per giveaway ( especially in e-book). One feature I really like is the Common Knowledge section each book is given. Now, this has its pros and one major con. The pro being we the readers have a chance to important information on the book, like if it’s become a film, events for the book, pretty many facts about the book so we don’t have to scour the web for it. Big con, anyone can add anything so how do you know the information is legit.
Other ways to track your reading
- Collection folder on e-reader
- Organized bookshelf
- Checkout log from your local library
- Blog about your reads
So these are many ways to track your reads, that I could think of anyways, I have accounts on a few of these sites, I try to keep them updated with my reviews. Sometime inputting multiple data at one time on multiple sites. I’m always searching for new ways to track my reading.
So now that you had time to contemplate which way works for you?