Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts. Today’s topic is: Tracking reading
Do you keep track of the books you read? If so, do you use Goodreads? Storygraph? Another platform?
Yes, I’ve always tracked my reading in some form. When I was younger, I used to have a notebook where I wrote down which books I’d been reading, a very rough reading journal of sorts. I switched to Goodreads when that became too tiresome, so I transferred over everything and I’ve been using it for over ten years now. Since I started blogging however, I’ve also been using Notion to track my yearly TBR as well as what I’m reading and when as I find the interface very convenient. Along with Notion, I also maintain a reading journal.
Has the way you keep track of your reading changed since you started blogging?
Definitely! Before I started blogging the only stats I tracked were how many books I read a year and how many pages, but now I also organize by month and genre, with additional trackers for ARCs as all of it now figures into deciding what book I pick up next to keep up with writing reviews in time.
What are the pros and cons of tracking your reading?
The biggest pro of tracking my reading to the extent that I do is that it helps me stay organized which is really key for me to stay on track with blog posts. Apart from that I’ve also found that it’s very useful for me to plan out my reading for the month so that I’m able to alternate heavier reads with faster paced or more light-hearted novels. In fact, the number of reading slumps I’ve experienced since I started tracking my reading in this fashion is far fewer because I know ahead of time which books are most likely to cause one and pick my next read accordingly.
In terms of cons, the only one I’ve experienced is a certain pressure to match or exceed my stats from the previous month. Having all the numbers in one place makes me have higher expectations of myself to keep to that standard, but I have gotten much better about not always looking at the numbers and slowing down if I need it, and above all, just enjoying what I’m reading.
Do you track your reading? If yes, how? Share your thoughts in the comments below!