Reading Trackers to Use in 2020

I was so excited when the clock struck midnight on January 1st because that meant I finally got the opportunity to use my new tracking methods for the year.

I’m changing things up a bit in 2020. In years past I predominantly used Goodreads to track my books. Goodreads is still my favorite app, so that’s not going to change, but I’m also implementing some new trackers that I’m excited to start using. Check them out below:

Currently Reading Illustrated Reading Journal

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Tracking what I’m reading while getting to color? Sign me up! This tracker from Currently Reading podcasters Kaytee Cobb and Meredith Monday Schwartz has reading challenges, recommendations, entries for your Bookish Moment of the Week, and, of course, illustrations to color in along the way. As a Patreon supporter of the podcast, I got to download this journal for free, but you can also buy the download for $7. Download your copy here.


Sarah’s Book Shelves Rock Your Reading Tracker

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You can tell Sarah loves making Excel spreadsheets and has a real talent for it. This spreadsheet lets you track traditional reading stats (title, author, number of pages, etc.), but it also prompts you to track things like recommendation source, author gender, and diversity. You can see your overall stats as you enter them throughout the year to see what types of books are working best for you. This one has a little bit of a price attached to it ($14.99), but it’s totally worth it for the quality. Find the tracker here.


The Book Lover’s Journal

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I started using this tracker last year as a way to write down my thoughts about the books I was reading. I love this tracker…except for the fact that I ran out of room. You can only record 60 books per journal; to most people that would be plenty, for me it wasn’t quite enough. So, I bought two journals for this year. Besides recording all the basics (author, publisher, number of pages, etc.), you can also rate each book you’ve read by quality of writing, development of characters, ease of reading, and so much more. And it’s cute and compact enough to fit in a purse. Check it out on Amazon.


Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge

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Goodreads will always be my go-to when it comes to tracking books. I refer back to the app a lot when I’m recording my books in other tracking methods. It’s so easy to use, and it has the information of the book built right in. It’s the best tracking app I’ve come across, and I’ve tried plenty others! Follow me on Goodreads here.


Yes, I’m such a big book nerd that I have four ways to track my books. What can I say? I love statistics just as much as I love reading!

What are some of the ways you track your reading? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Bookish Goals for 2020

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A new year calls for new reading goals!

My reading life really took a turn for the better in 2019. I learned so much about the bookish world, from #Bookstagram to book podcasts to Facebook group book clubs and so much more. All these resources really helped guide who I am as a reader, and I’m excited to start the year off fresh and with new goals.

Here is what I’d like to accomplish in my reading life for 2020:

Read 100 Books

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I read 82 books last year. That number probably would have been even higher had I discovered I liked listening to audiobooks before May. Though this is a monetary goal, I’m also going to focus on quality and not be afraid to DNF a book I’m not enjoying (still a hard concept for me, but I will persevere). This number correlates with my reading goal on Goodreads, my favorite social media app for tracking books. Before 2019, my Goodreads yearly goals ranged from 12 to 24 books in a year. I’m planning to read over 4x that number, and have no doubt I will be able to make it. I’m always reading at least one physical book, one audiobook, and one ebook at any given time. I like being able to read in different formats, and this will help me reach my 100 book goal by the end of the year.

 

Read More Classics

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Oh, have I struggled with classics in the past. It’s the old-school language that always gets me. If the characters aren’t speaking in modern tongue, then I’m completely lost. But I want to read them! I think to rectify this problem I will try to listen to classics, such as Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, on audio to see if I fare better that way. I’ve also signed up for the free Serial app, which lets you read classics in small chunks on a daily basis. I’ve started Peter Pan, and I’m enjoying reading it this way. The app makes the old-fashioned language easier to read by modernizing words when needed. And it connects right to Goodreads, which is a nice extra. I’m hoping to read at least one classic novel a month this year.

 

Devote More Time to the Blog and #Bookstagram

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And by that, I mean stop spending so many mindless hours on my phone and laptop and actually use my devices to do something productive! I love writing and posting about what I’ve been reading, but I’m so bad about actually devoting time to it. I would also like to be more interactive on Instagram and not be afraid to converse with people. We’re all on #bookstagram for a reason – we love books! It’ll be nice to actually discuss books with people since no one I know in my personal life is as passionate about the topic as I am while sharing pictures of what I’m reading. So, stay tuned for more content from The Shelf.ish Life in the coming year!

 

Read What I Own

SH6XaD9wR3+RSeKBlar2nwI bought so many books last year. Some used, some new, but way more than I care to admit. I don’t mind borrowing audiobooks and ebooks from the library (although I do have a ton of owned ebooks I need to read, as well), but when it comes to physical copies of books,  I have more than enough to last me the year, and probably the next couple years, if I’m honest. I do subscribe to a couple book boxes, so I know I’ll be adding to my pile throughout the year, but no more buying 10 books at every book sale I come across… unless it’s a book I really want… or the price is right… or I see a book cover that’s calling my name… On second thought, collecting books is like making new friends.

I may have a problem.

 

Share your 2020 book goals in the comments!