I love to read. Ever since I was a kid I've been a big reader and a big library user. My collection of Baby Sitter Club books (and the amount of times I reread every one) was ridiculous. I loved Judy Blume's books and The All of a Kind Family series and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
As an adult, one of the first things I do upon moving to a new place is getting myself a library card. As much as I love to read, I also love to save money, and I've learned over the years that I rarely reread books anymore. I'd much rather place a book on hold from the library, read it once and return it, than spend money on books just to have them sitting on the shelf.
I also love systems and organizing and spreadsheets, and have finally nailed my system for tracking the books I've read and want to read. It's taken a few years to get a digital method together. Before the days of smartphones, I'd keep lists in notebooks or my planner. Ever since getting an iPhone though, it's been much easier to keep track of books online, since everything automatically syncs between my phone and computer.
Keep in mind that the method I use works with the devices and programs shared.
tracking the books i want to read
I keep a separate note in the Notes app that comes with the iPhone to track the books I want to read. I like to keep a running list of books that I read about on blog book reports, see in the library or book stores, or hear about through word of mouth. Sometimes I record the author, but sometimes I don't.
If I need to access the list from a computer, the iPhone notes automatically sync to the Notes section on Gmail, so I can open up my email and make adjustments from there.
I used to use the website and app Goodreads to track the books I want to read, but if I'm looking at books in an area where I don't have cell service or I can't access wifi, I prefer Notes. Easily accessible, and easy to use.
tracking the books i have read
To track the books I've read before, I use Goodreads, which is a social media platform for people who want to share information about books.
Goodreads can be used to read book reviews, connect with fellow Goodreads members, and keep lists of books. The list-keeping is my favorite part.
I mostly use the "Read" section to remember all of the books I have read. When I first joined, I racked my brain as much as I could to think of the books I've read since middle school and add them all to my list. Since then, every time I complete a book, I rate it between one and five stars and add it to my list.
Sometimes it's hard to remember the books I've finished, especially when I've read multiple books by the same author, so Goodreads has been a great resource for me to look up the books I've read.
And that's it! Super easy.
I'd love to hear your book tracking methods too! And find me and friend me on Goodreads!