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Being a Book Lover means always having many book recommendations to choose from, but recording them somewhere to find them again is a very personal decision.
In this post, I’ll be sharing some ideas on how to record your To Be Read (TBR) list.
Why should you record your book Recommendations?
When I find a fellow book lover, the first topic of conversation is books we’ve read and recommendations for books that we’ve enjoyed.
Since joining Bookstagram and the Book Blogging world, my To Be Read list has exploded.
I found that I had to record it all somewhere to be able to make a dent in the ever-growing To Be Read List and to keep track of recommendations.
Podcasts, Youtube, Book Blogs, Twitter and of course Instagram are the main source of my recommendations but I also follow a few friends on Goodreads, so I end up with what they recommend on my list too.
So, how do you record them all for later reference?
To Be Read Books Notebook
If you’re old school and like the feel of a paper and pen, you can record books from your To Be Read List recommened to you in a dedicated Notebook.
There are so many wonderful notebooks with pretty covers and papers out there, that this would be a lovely way to capture them all.
Pros: Keeps them in one place.
Cons: Not portable if you don’t have it to hand.
Bullet Journal Spread
A Bullet Journal is a system to help you make notes and empty your brain to make sense and progress in your life.
Many Bullet Journalists have Bookish spreads to record Books they want to read and Books they have read.
These can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, with the advantage being you don’t need any special equipment and can start anytime.
Pros: Can be added to your existing Bullet Journal spreads
Cons: Can be hard to keep track if you don’t have your Bullet Journal with you at all times.
Notes Apps on your Phone
Every phone has a Notes app available to use, or you can download one such as Evernote which is one of my favourites as it can be used across multiple devices with the notes syncing across platforms to record your To Be Read list.
Pros: Portable and cheap or Free.
Cons: Not as customisable as paper or dedicated platforms.
Goodreads is THE place to keep track of your Book Recommendations.
It is a dedicated website and app for Book Lovers where you can find your friends if they are also users, and also track how many books you have read in a particular year.
Pros: Widely used and well known, it has many recommendations and can help keep track of your books.
Cons: Many users say the interface is a bit clunky and not very intuitive and the recommendations auto generated are not precise.
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StoryGraph is another website that allows you to record your book lists and keep track of books you have read.
You can also find book recommendations from fellow book lovers based on mood and the recommendations are more precise.
Pros: You can import your Goodreads data in to make it easier to get recommendations, and you can mark books as owned and add Re-Read dates.
Cons: StoryGraph is still in beta, so not all books are listed as yet.
Google Spreadsheets are free and can also be used to track books you’ve read or want to read.
You can customise them however you like.
I like to keep note of how many books by authors of colour I’ve read in a year and what countries books I am reading are set in, but you could keep track of anything you like.
Pros: Free and Easy to customise.
Cons: Can be a bit repetitive if you are using one of the other methods as well.
What method do I use to keep track of my To Be Read List?
Apart from the Notebooks and Bullet Journal spread, I’ve utilised them all at one time.
If I find a recommendation on Instagram, I’ll save the picture to reference later and if it’s via a Podcast, I’ll make a note immediately on GoodReads.
Amazon Wishlists have purposely not been added as a method as I know some people do not wish to purchase their books on that platform, but I do have a Kindle Oasis so I tend to put any books I can’t find in my library on a Wishlist as well as recording on GoodReads.
I’ve also been experimenting with StoryGraph and while I like it, I find it easier to use GoodReads.
I make a note in a Google Spreadsheet of the books I’ve read in the year and make a note how many are by male/female authors, authors of colour and genres of books I like to read.
This helps me realise what genres and types of books I like to read and perhaps help me choose more diverse books in the future.
I hope this helped you to choose a method to record your To Be Read list, please let me know if you have a different method and if so please share it in the comments below.
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