Back in May I set myself a reading challenge. In it I gathered a stack of books I have been meaning to read, but haven’t gotten to yet. The plan is to read all of them before I start anything new. And because anything in my life is better when it’s included in my Bullet Journal I made a spread to help me! This is my way of tracking reading in my Bullet Journal, have a look (and check out the cool printable I made)!
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There is a lot of great Reading Journals out there, and so many ways to track your reading in your Bullet Journal. But I’m super happy with the way I found, it truly works for me.
To track my reading I knew I wanted something visual, so I made a drawing of my physical stack of books on a new page.
Once I’ve finished reading a book I’ll color it in. As you can see I’ve only finished two books on my list of 20, but I feel hopeful as I have started a lot of them. I also had to take a break to read a few books for work, but I am back on track now, and I can’t wait to color in more. Of the books I just finished I highly recommend The Girl with All the Gifts by Carey, it was thrilling, surprising and a bit scary.
The tracker is motivating me to read more already, I can’t wait to see more color on the page. The plan is to do every other book orange and green, so it should look all pretty when I’m all done!
Materials I used to make my reading tracker:
- Pens: Stabilo Fine Pens* – the pens you choose are important. I love the Stabilo colored pens, nice to write with and they come in lots of motivating, nice colors. The only thing to remember is to pick lighter colors so the title of the book shows though.
- Notebook: Leuchtturm Notebook A5 Dotted* – I drew mine straight into my lovely Leuchtturm, but if you get my printable below you can stick it in your own journal. Or draw it yourself! However the dots really helped me draw the books, so make sure your journal has dots or lines or that you have a ruler handy.
If you want to track your reading the same way I do, I made two printables you can use! You can easily print them and stick them in your own Bullet Journal. There is one with 20 books and one with 10, so you can choose your own goal and fill in your own books. Simply sign up below to get instant access to the trackers and my exclusive subscriber library full of free printables.
So this is my way of tracking reading in my Bullet Journal. Do you have any tips or ways of doing it? I would love to look at other ways of tracking reading in the Bullet Journal. How do you do it in yours?
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Hi, nice to read through your blog on how you motivate yourself to read more! Lovely to see voracious readers out there trying to cope up with their own set reading challenge. I am also one such reader, but I have to say that I am a new convert to fiction. I have read more of it recently and I was quite happy to have read a couple of books by Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie. Have also read Alex Michaelides and what an author he has become! Whilst I might not download your checklist as I am not such an organised person, I like it you use it. Happy reading!
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Hi, nice to read through your blog on how you motivate yourself to read more! Lovely to see voracious readers out there trying to cope up with their own set reading challenge. I am also one such reader, but I have to say that I am a new convert to fiction. I have read more of it recently and I was quite happy to have read a couple of books by Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie. Have also read Alex Michaelides and what an author he has become! Whilst I might not download your checklist as I am not such an organised person, I like it that you use it. Happy reading!
Hi! I really loved your idea for tracking books read! I signed up to your mailing list to get a printable copy for me, and I’m looking forward to using it.
Hope you won’t be offended if I flag up a minor typo in your paragraph “Notebook: Leuchtturm Notebook A5 Dotted*” . The last sentence in that paragraph is “so make sure your journal have dots or lines or you a ruler handy”, instead of: “make sure your journal HAS dots, or THAT YOU have a ruler handy”. It’s amazingly easy to miss these things when you’re so close to them, isn’t it? That said, your article was engaging and informative. I look forward to reading more from you in due course.
Hi 🙂 Thank you for your feedback, I hope you enjoy the tracker! I’ll fix the typos as well, I’m not a native english speaker, so sometimes it’s nice with some help 🙂
Hello! Thank you so much for sharing this – I absolutely love this book spread you’ve created. I definitely have stacks of books that I need to read so it’s visually very accurate for me. I shared this lovely picture and credited you over on a blog post I did today, you can find it here if you’re interested: https://aumsome.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/read-more/?preview=true
Thanks for sharing!
Reema | blogger at http://www.aumsome.co.uk
Thank you! I’m so glad you liked and shared it. Happy Reading! 🙂
Awesome idea! I’m definitely going to implement this in my Bullet Journal! Thanks so much for linking up to our #BuJoMojo linky!
Thank you! 🙂 It’s a great link up, I’ve discovered some great posts 🙂
Sorry for the late reply, I’ve been away on vacation this week.
Oh my gosh that is just the cutest idea! I love it! I usually use Goodreads to track my progress because I love to look at the stats…but I agree with you! Everything is better in a bullet journal!
I use Goodreads as well, go stats! But having a visual spread makes it much more fun 🙂
The way you laid out your “stack” is a perfect visual. I love it. I love reading and often put it on the back burner this way of putting it in my journal would be a great motivation for me. I think your ideas here would be a great addition to the link up Bujo Mojo which is a planning and organization link party http://slapdashmom.com/bujo-mojo-week-1/
Thank you! 🙂 It certainly has motivated me 🙂
Great linkup, I added this now, cant wait to check out all the other great posts 🙂
Really!! It is very great ideas, and I have to try it right now. And I thank to you for bullet journal. Happy to visit your blog today 🙂
Thank you! I hope they work for you
Enjoying your website so far.
Thank you! 🙂
Wow, your blog is gorgeous!!! I’m so glad you found me so that now I could find you 😀 The design of your website is stunning and I loved reading your article. I will sign up in a second! Love your printables :3 I personally read a lot of books. I read every night when going to bed until my eyes close (something fictional). And try to read as much business related books (+ the topics on my blog) as I can, when I have a break. Can’t wait to see you fill all those books with color! 🙂
Thank you! 😀 And I agree, I’m glad I found your blog 🙂 Thank you! I do that as well, reading before bed is great, and it gives me so much! I’ve managed to color in about half of the books right now! Feels good 🙂
I love this visual idea! I signed up for the free tracker and I can’t wait to put it in my Bujo. Right now I track most of my books in a separate book journal (specifically made for rating and taking notes about books) and on Goodreads. I have a few series lists on my Bujo just so I can keep track of which books to read next in a series.
Thank you! I hope you like the tracker and that it works for you 🙂 I’m really happy I found a way to track my reading in my BuJo, but I do still use Goodreads as well 🙂