Why I Like To Keep Track Of My Books

What I Track My Books

Are you on Goodreads? I love Goodreads. It’s the best. You can connect with people, see what they are reading, read reviews and track what you have read. You can also connect with authors, enter giveaways and join groups about your favorite books and authors.

Before Goodreads I would write down everything I read in a notebook. I wanted to remember what I had been reading. It’s helpful for many reasons. I like to be organized with my reading and writing things down is a must when it comes to that. I can’t possibly remember every single book I have read off-hand.

Once I joined Goodreads I started tracking my books. There is the option to add the books you want to read but I don’t typically use Goodreads for that. I prefer to just enter books as I am reading them and then when I finish.

I love to look back and see what I was reading at the same time of the year. I love to see what I thought of books I have read and can go back through my list to look at authors I have liked. Then I can go find more books I haven’t read from them.

I also like to look back at the end of the year at how many books I have read. Some years are more than others. Goodreads also has challenges which is fun. You pick how many books you want to read during the year and it will tell you if you are on track or not. I have only read 11/100 this year so I need to pick up the pace a bit.

I also like to see how long it takes me to finish a particular book. I try to log that I started a book but sometimes I wait until I am about 15% in. By then I usually know if I am going to keep reading or if I am going to give the book up because I just don’t think I will like it after all.

Tracking my books is apart of the reading experience for me. I enjoy tracking my books and if I ever find my old notes from before Goodreads, I will enter them in there too.

Do you like to track your books? Do you use Goodreads or another site to do so? If you are, let’s connect there too 🙂

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

Have you read the Fault in Our Stars? You should! This is a great book and also a movie. John Green is the author. After I read the Fault in Our Stars I knew I wanted to read more about his books. When I heard that another one of his books is going to be a movie I put it on my list. I figured that if I loved Fault in Our Stars I would like anything else he wrote as well.

Paper Towns is the story of Quentin, a senior in high school who is about to graduate. His neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman, crawls through his window one night and asks for help. Although the two were very close as children they had not talked much in their teen years. After having an interesting adventure with Margo all over town, Q wakes up the next morning to find her missing. Once he discovers that she has left him some clues, he starts investigating and the story goes from there.

Paper Towns was another quick read and I also enjoyed the move. They did change a few details in the movie which happens but nothing that bothered me too much. The actors were well cast in my opinion which is a good thing.

Paper Towns wasn’t quite as dramatic as the Fault in Our Stars.  The book was funny in parts, suspenseful in others. Most of the story takes place in Orlando, Florida and there are other supporting characters that I did find rather interesting like Quentin’s friends and even his parents.

This is a GREAT book for vacation, a plane ride or if you are in the mood for some young adult fiction about teenagers trying to figure out their world.

Have you read anything by John Green? Have you read Paper Towns?