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Prompts: Do you keep track of the books you read? If 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? (Aria)
I started keeping track when I started reading more often. I currently use Goodreads because it is the most convenient app. Since I often utilize the Kindle app on my phone to read books, things are made easier when it automatically notes when I have finished a book. It’s farr from perfect. For instance, sometimes it doesn’t note the dates. By the time I notice it, I’ve already forgotten when I started or finished reading it.
Keeping track of books has allowed me to be more organized about when and what I’m posting. I’m a visual person, so scrolling through my “read” books and seeing the pictures can help me recall a book. When making recommendation lists or pairing music and books, the app is very helpful If I only recalled the title–I have horrible memory so I forget it easily–it would take me a while to piece together what the book was about , and I’d have to read the blurb again. When I see an image of the book, my recall is a lot better.
I have a Storygraph account but I do not use it as often although I really like the stats it provides. I have seen other users post their end of the year stats, and I love how it provides information about the types of books–happy? sad? fantasy? short? long? If the platform was connected to my e-reader, I would consider moving over.
I like being able to track of books, because I get to see how much I’ve read and what I’ve read. This is why I appreciate the stats given by Storygraph. On the other, there’s this tendency to compare how much I’m reading. I didn’t read as much as I did last year.
Do you also keep track of your reading?