Ways to Track Reading

Do you ever wonder how much reading you actually do? It can be useful to track your reading; you can make sure you’re staying on top of reading goals! Plus, when you’re looking for new books, you can check your old reads for inspiration.

There are many ways to track your reading habits, and different styles work for different people. Below, we’ll look at how you can measure your reading and different tracking methods.

By book

Many reading challenges concentrate on the amount of books read, regardless of the length of those books. This type of tracking is therefore difficult to compare since a single book could be anywhere from 100 to 1000 pages. If you’re someone who really wants to broaden their horizons or take in a lot of different stories, then a book goal might be for you!

By page

If you like to pick up those really long books, you might want to track your reading by pages. Three books might not sound like a lot to you, but 1500 pages is a huge accomplishment!

By minute/hour

Whether we’re easily distracted or just slow readers, getting through a book can seem like a big commitment. If your goal is to read consistently, you can count the minutes or hours you spend reading, rather than the number of books you make it through.


This is a popular platform for book lovers and offers a lot of features! You can track the books you’ve read, challenge yourself to read a certain number of books in the year, and save books you’re interested in reading. Even if you’re not interested in tracking your reading through Goodreads, it’s still useful for checking ratings and reviews on books.

Pen & Paper

Whether you just grab a scrap of paper or a full notebook, this is a really easy method of recording books, pages, time (or all of it). If you really love organized lists, there are tons of templates that show you how to set up a reading journal!


If you want to be sure that you’re not going to lose your reading list, a spreadsheet might be the way to go. You can set up columns to record just about anything: books, pages, time, money spent (or saved), genre, etc. Believe it or not, there are also book-tracking spreadsheet templates!

How do you track your reading? Do you use one of the above methods or something completely different?

Mongan, Kelly. “5 Ways to Track Your Reading Goals.” Mongan Moments, 3 Dec. 2018, monganmoments.com/5-ways-to-track-your-reading-goals.

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