So many people keep track of their books in so many ways! I used to keep an Excel spreadsheet, journal, and now on Goodreads. But here is a breakdown of a few ways that you can keep track of you TBR and read lists!
My top choices would be:
- Goodreads- It is great because you can: scan books directly into the app, you can make shelves for all your books (I have own and to read, own, TBR, read, poetry, non-fiction, etc.), and take your list and put it as an Excel spreadsheet. This is my preferred method which is not saying it is the best method. It just works to fit my reading habits. When I am in the store, I can open the app to see if I own that book before buying it (you can do this on other apps). You can also compare your books with your friends’ books to see if your books match. I enjoy the reading challenge as well as the newsfeed and reviews.
- Journal that you create or buy: I used to keep a journal. Basically, you create anything that you want to track. Title, author, rating, etc. It can be detailed or just simple with a list. You can buy really pretty ones and refer back to your journal. I had some pages printed from websites and other pages cute with stickers! See below for more detailed on different types of journals.
- Excel spreadsheet: There are a lot of spreadsheets that are out there for people to download. Additionally, you can make your own just like your journal. I used to keep an Excel spreadsheet of all my books. I saved it right to my Google Drive so that way I had access to it wherever I went.
Some other options:
- Your bookshelf! If you buy all your books, why do you need to keep track of them, they are all on your book shelf 🙂
- Shelfari- Sounds VERY familiar with Goodreads. I may take a look at this one!
- Overdrive- A good place to make a wishlist of books. But it will also keep track of what you read through the app. The only issue is any book off the app, you will not be able to keep track.
- Libib (Fee): I have heard a lot of great things about this app for keeping track of books. Personally, I have only used the free tracking apps/sites. What I can see of this app is that it does a lot of cool things!
- Librarything: I have used this in the past. I did not like it but see a lot of others who use this frequently.
- Litsy: I have also heard great things about this app. I may give this one a try. It even looks like it has a newsfeed like Facebook.
- gerty (Fee): Book journal, notes, etc. Sounds like a great app.
- Book Challenge: You can always do the Pop Sugar or any book challege and keep track of your books that way
- Audible (fee): A good way if the only way that you read is through them. It will save the books that you bought to listen to as well as a wishlist of books you want to read. But if you read a book off of the site/app, then you will not be able to keep track of it.
- Scribd (fee): A good way if the only way that you read is through them. It will save the books that you bought to listen to as well as a wishlist of books you want to read. But if you read a book off of the site/app, then you will not be able to keep track of it.
- Instagram- Bookstagram’s are a craze right now. This would be a good way of keeping track of the books that you read as well. But not so much at keeping track of your TBR list.
- Blog- I keep a blog and you could easily look back at books that you read. This is not the greatest for someone’s TBR list though.
- Bookshout: Tracking book app!
- Booklikes: social cataloging app. It sounds like a great app for anyone looking for ways to track!
As you can tell, I am a Goodreads tracker. But there are so many other apps out there. There are so many more other than these ones. Seems endless when you start a search for them all.
Types of journals to consider (You can buy them all ready to go or make your own by making/printing downloadable sheets):
I may include some neat journal pages later on for people to download and maybe an Excel spreadsheet for people to view! Feel free to comment below for any other app or ways to keep track of your books! Let me know what you use and why!
Happy reading, Book Nerds.