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.