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And I’m finally back to ‘Let’s Talk Bookish’! I know I did miss a couple of weeks, but I decided to return and hopefully stay. May also go back to the past topics at some point, but for now, let’s go to this week’s topic of tracking reading, which was put forward by Aria 🙂

Prompts: Do you keep track of the books you read? Whether so, do you use Goodreads? Storygraph? Another platform? Has the way you keep track of your reading changed since you started blogging? What are the pros and cons of tracking your reading?

I don’t track my reading a lot. I like to write down when I start and finish a book, so that whether I wanted to, I can see how long it took me to finish a book, and that’s pretty much it. To be sincere though, a lot of the time, it doesn’t really mean much because it could look like a book took me a long time to finish, but it’s because I took a break part way through. Well, I guess it still took me a long time, but it could be because I was not having time rather than a reflection of provided the book was good or difficult to read.

I remember, when I was younger, school would ask us to track our reading. We would have to write down how numerous pages we had read each time or how many minutes we had read for and I really didn’t like it. It’s too stressful and takes the fun out of reading. I had felt like I was a fast reader before, but for some reason, I didn’t end up reading that much when I tracked my reading. It also meant there was pressure to continue reading a book, even provided I didn’t like it much. Whilst books can take some getting into, I feel like sometimes you need to renounce on a book that you’re not enjoying, as life is too short to be wasting on books you don’t enjoy. You can always try again later, so there’s no point forcing it.

I guess tracking reading can work for some people as a way to motivate themselves, when they see the progress they make. Setting targets might push themselves to read more than they generally would and maybe organise their time better. Maybe it’s more like setting aside at least 20 minutes a day to read and making a note when you manage to do it. I can imagine that it would be particularly useful provided you’re part of a reading club and need to complete a book for the next meet-up or whether reading for school/uni. At uni, for books that were especially hard to receive through *cough cough Paradise Lost,* I would set myself targets, such as how many ‘books’ (more like chapters/sections) to read per day, so that I know I’ll get it done on time for the seminar (ideally). Breaking books down into chapters and ticking them off my list when I was done would make it feel more manageable. However, when reading for fun, to track my reading too much feels like a chore for me.

In terms of recording the books that you have read, I think it’s nice to have a record because then you can look back on it later. It’s good whether you want to recommend books for other people, and it is an achievement, I guess, when you complete a book. I remember, in one year at school, the librarian printed out a list of the books for me that I borrowed from the library, which was pretty cool. I can’t actually remember what the reason was, but it brings back a lot of memories when I look back at the books I’ve read. Also, it’s so annoying when you vaguely remember a book you read, but can’t quite remember what it was called or who it was by.

What approximately you? Do you track your reading? Why or why not? How do you do it or what methods would you try whether you don’t already? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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