Saturday, June 8, 2019

Bookish Summer Blog Hop: "How do you keep track of books you will be reviewing or reading?"

Welcome to today's post in the Bookish Blog Hop's Summer Hop! I hope you enjoyed the last post from A Book Lover's Adventures, all about the best genres to read during the summer--lots of romance, chick-lit and thriller/mysteries around these parts! 

In today's post, we all weighed in on pretty much the hardest thing besides actually reading through all the books we want to read. Today's burning question is: How does one keep track of all the books one reads and reviews?"

Let's see what everyone's got!

I swear by GoodReads. If it was not for that wonderful site, I would never have read as many books as I have. It is also a wonderful way of tracking how much I am reading vs. how much I am reviewing. So it is a good reality check for me.

Leslie Conzatti (Me!)

I second Goodreads! I love the fact that I can save a record of when I read a book, so that if I come across a title that catches my interest and sounds familiar, I can immediately check if I’ve read it before. I also use Goodreads to find out if a book I find is part of a series or not--sometimes the cover doesn’t tell you! I always like to start at the beginning of a series, so having the complete list there is helpful. And the fact that whenever you log that you’ve finished a book, it immediately asks you to rate and/or review--it’s great! New titles I see... I can mark as "Want To Read" at the touch of a button, so if I'm in the library and I can't think of a specific book to look for... I can pull out my "To Read" list and realize oh yeah, I wanted to read that one! I really like that feature!

Jo Linsdell

Goodreads is where I tend to track my books too.  It makes it easy to keep a list of the books on my TBR, and the one’s I’ve read. I also have a notepad where I list the books I’ve been sent for review.

I use Goodreads a ton! I love being able to add books to lists such as currently reading, want to read and read in that year - those are my main lists, and I also use google calendar to keep track of the dates I am reviewing to make sure I don’t double up. (if possible)

I have to admit… Goodreads and I… we are not friends. It’s really difficult for me to remember adding every book. But I also don’t actually have a TBR list. Using GR is always a conscious effort for me. What I do use to keep track of reviews is OneNote. I have my content calendar in there and keep notes which book would fit a specific reading list, which ARC’s I have not reviewed yet, on which day I want to post a specific review, and so on.

I hate to be unoriginal, but I have to go with Goodreads too. It’s about the only way I can keep track. I also like that it counts the number of books I read in a year. I used to love the summer reading challenges in school and I always won.


Well! I suppose GoodReads is a reader's best friend! Bonus tip: every listing on Goodreads also comes with a handy set of links of where to buy the books online, such as Barnes & Noble or Amazon. So if you don't have a book, and you want it, you have a place to get it with ease!

So how about you? How do you keep track of the books you want to read? What are your opinions on GoodReads? Comment to join the discussion!

That's all for today, but tomorrow, you can head over to Sawdust And Spoons to learn our most memorable books we read as children! And if you missed any other days, you can always head back to the >Intro Post< to catch up!

Catch You Further Upstream!


  1. Looks like Goodreads was a winner for most of us. I'm not great at updating my status on there though. Just for logging the books I've read or keeping track of my tbr.

    1. Oh I know! Same here. I didn't even KNOW there was a "status" feature, for a while! *sigh* just another platform trying to be more "social media"... but we all know GoodReads is really only best at book listings and tracking!

    2. I agree. They have some really interesting groups on there too but 24 hours is just not enough to do everything in a day. I sometimes update my reading progress on the book I'm currently reading but that's about it as far as status updates go for me on Goodreads.

  2. I'm with Eline on this one. GoodReads and I just don't mesh well together. But, since my blog is fairly new, I haven't really been keeping track with everything the way I probably should.

    Currently, I have the list of books on my phone (Audible), my Kindle, and the stack of books on my counter.

  3. Well... I agree that GR can be cumbersome. Maybe one of us should invent a better platform!

  4. I'm still a paper and pen girl, so I like writing in my calendar