Tracking Your Reading

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I know most people on here at least keep a list of books they’ve read. But I think I might take tracking my reading a step further. Or ten.

I began tracking my reading back in 2010 by simply listing out the books I read in a Word document along with the date I finished the book. Nothing too sophisticated. But eventually that grew into something more at the start of 2012. I started using Excel spreadsheets to better keep track my reading during each season. Not only would the book and date be recorded, but also the amount of time it took for me to read the book, the book’s page count, and the book’s series. It is because of this information that I know I read more than ten full days in 2012. I know there are people reading a whole lot more than that, but that’s a fairly significant amount of time if you ask me.

Now I generally have a Word document and an Excel spreadsheet for each season of every year. At the end of the year I combine all of the books into a single spreadsheet and take a look at when I had long periods of no reading and how many books by particular authors I read and more. I also of course have my What I’m Reading page on here that also lists the books I’ve finished.

I know Goodreads is an easy way to track your reading, but I don’t use it much. But what about you, how do you go about keeping track of your reading?

93 thoughts on “Tracking Your Reading

  1. I used to keep a log of what I read. I did it on paper for ages, then on the computer on a Word table. Now I just use Goodreads. It’s so much easier and I can share my reviews of books easily with others. 🙂

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  2. I use Goodreads. I track what I’ve read, but more than that it keeps my “to-read” list. My to-read list is always exponentially larger than my books I’ve read but that’s okay!

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    • Always happens that way. Except I usually jero my TBR list less than 20 books. I don’t know what these people do when they have like 80 or something. Makes no sense.

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  3. I just got into Goodreads and I really like that is tracks how long it takes to read the books and whatnot. I know I usually read about two books a week, depending on length, so I have always just kept a mental list. I also have the “shelves” on my Nook organized where I can see what books I still have to read and what I have read recently so that helps too I suppose.

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  4. I don’t track my reading at all. I have a Goodreads account, but I rarely use it. I’m surprised that my anal retentiveness hasn’t thought of doing that before. Never even took it into consideration. Hmm…

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      • I probably should, but my time is currently crunched beyond belief. I don’t know if I’d be able to keep as detailed records as you, but just keeping track of the amount I read, and the titles, would be useful.

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      • Which I haven’t updated in a week I think. But I see your point.

        Btw, my manuscript got rejected by the agency that had it. But she was very nice about it and said she loved the premise. So there’s hope!

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      • Oh well. You’ll never be published.

        Just kidding. I was going to ask you about it a few weeks ago but I figured you’d just let me know. And I didn’t want to ask and you tell me they were pretty rude about it or something. How many queries have you sent?

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      • About 8 or 10 I think. My spreadsheet is at home on my computer so I’m guessing. I have another two I just sent out last night, and I have a list of about 20 agencies to look into. There are fewer places that represent middle grade, so I have to troll the books and websites just to find a few. Takes time.

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      • Oh. That’s not very many. I know you can’t just send a million at once, but I thought like every month or two is when authors send out more.

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      • You’re right. But I tailor every query to the agency I send it to and that takes time. I have tomorrow off so I’ll be working on sending a bunch of them. I just haven’t had time recently. The two I did last night were the first in two months. I just started querying in February or March.

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      • Yeah it sucks, but oh well. I’m not super upset about the rejections anymore because I’ve come to expect them. I read an article that said don’t give up until you’ve queried 80 agents. If nothing happens, then an overhaul may be in order. I don’t know how true that is, but it’s probably another reason why I’m not freaking out. I still have a long way to go.

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  5. I can tell you how many books I read during 2012-2013. One. Pretty bad, I know.
    I don’t write it down but I could probably name off all the books I’ve read this year and about how long it took me to read each.

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    • One!? 😲 that’s like….no. Read right now! Go find the book that’s on your coffee table or dresser or bookshelf and read it. So is this year at least a little better than that?

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      • I was going through a lot those years. I even quit writing from 2010-2013. I spent my time painting because I was upset and I always paint when I’m upset.

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      • Well I definitely write more than I paint now…but painting is a huge stress reliever for me.

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      • It won’t freaking leave me alone. I swear I want to throw it out the window but I’m pretty sure it would just boomerang its way back in. I’m rewriting it for the third time.

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      • Hahaha that’s nice. At least you’re doing something with it. Wait, so is this not the one you told me about? Cause I thought you were still writing that one? Or maybe I’m mixing people up.

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      • I don’t think I’ve told you anything about any of my novels…that I know of.

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      • All together? Many. I’ve written 11 that I can think of off of the top of my head. And I have several works in progress.

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      • Yes I’m 22. Haha I started seriously writing when I was 12. Most of the ones I’ve written are super cheesy mysteries that you or anyone else will never EVER read. My favorite is the one I am currently rewriting. 🙂

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      • You wouldn’t like it. It’s not a mystery. 😉 Ha! You’re really going to make me explain it? it always sounds stupid when I try to explain it.

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      • Fine.
        It’s about a girl (good start, right?) who basically has lost everything. Her mom left when she was a baby, her older brother joined the marines, and her dad is killed in a drunk driving accident when she is 20.
        So she moves to Alabama to live with her dads brother and his wife at their stables and winery. (Oh and did I mention she has horses? Well she does) So of course she meets a guy and falls for him. She also meets another guy who is a little rough around the edges but is always there for her…. why am I telling you this? This sounds terrible. 😛
        …long story short she gets engaged to the guy she falls for, he turns out to not be so cool, she is betrayed by her cousin and fiance…blah blah, nothing is going good. She breaks it off with him, realizing the feeling she had for him weren’t that she thought they were. (And she is also in love with the other guy who left just before she was to marry the other guy) Then she finds out her mom didn’t leave and that her dad kicked her out and her brother had been hiding the fact that her mom had been trying to contact her for years. She gets in touch with her mom and is ready to move again to be close to her, but the other guy comes back and she is torn between him and her mom/stepdad/sister she didn’t know she had.
        See? Sounds like a train wreck to me!!! I promise the story is better than that. I just have a really bad headache right now and staring at the screen isn’t helping. 😦

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      • Like I said, it sounds terrible. And it’s actually going to be two books. Haha I know, I was just trying to fit all of it in with as little words as I could.

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      • I’m on my computer. And I am busy writing. You just got done telling me to write. Now you’re saying no? Confusion.

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      • I only do when I’m not at home or outside and don’t have my laptop.
        I love how my comments on your posts always turn into million comment long conversations.
        Until the next post… 😉

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  6. Oh wow, you are really detailed when it comes to tracking. Great idea though with all the spreadsheets and data. You could really compile an interesting record of your reading. The only reading I ‘track’ is I keep an old comp book to write down any book I’ve finished from the library. Been doing that since I was 12. I have almost 800 entries in the book, and this doesn’t count the books I only half finish, or the books I own. It’s strictly for library books. Books I own, well unless I plan on getting rid of them, I don’t see a point in writing it down.

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    • Well I’ve written about book recommendations and I don’t like them. I never recommend books to anyone. And never take recommendations seriously. So that part doesn’t really entice me.

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  7. Usually I buy the books I read, so I keep track of everything with a personal library app on my phone. This is easier now that I’ve started using a Kindle for some of my reading because it keeps track of everything, including books from the lending library. I should try something with a Word document though.

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  8. I keep a “reading journal” in which I jot down mini reviews (nothing more than three sentences) of the books I read. I started doing it in 2010, and it’s become quite the habit.

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  9. I’m just amazed at how hard core you are, look at you, you Excel whiz, you. I try and use my Einstein like brain which is why I am starting to mix my authors and my titles. I’ve bee banned from all libraries because I shout at the librarians by informing them that they don’t know what they’re talking about. I mean everyone knows Dracula wrote Frankenstein who created Bram Stoker.

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  10. I also keep an excel sheet. I track the number of books and pages I read monthly and yearly. I also track in a notebook how many days it takes to read a book, but I don’t keep that on my spreadsheet. I’m more interested in page counts.

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    • I actually don’t really look at page counts. I have the average time it takes to read a book (hours and minutes) and then the average page count for the books I read. So I guess I do keep track but I’m not looking at it like I am the actual reading time. Interesting.

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