Hello! This is Janani, aka TheShrinkette, and welcome to Hour 15! At this point I’m sure you’ve gotten some reading done no matter where in the world you are, so kudos!
This post is dedicated to my reading nerds. I’m talking reading journals, spreadsheets, Goodreads, stopwatch—all of you who use some form of technology to track your reading and reading time. Readathons are the perfect time to bust them out, so I thought I’d share three of my favorites from over the years.
Book Riot’s Ultimate Tracking Spreadsheet: I have loved watching this one evolve over the years, and it’s great for folks who want to see what kind of books and authors they gravitate towards over the course of the year. Super easy to use, everything’s already set up for you, and your reward at the end of the year comes in the form of GLORIOUS PIECHARTS.
Storygraph: This was definitely my favorite find of 2020. Here’s why you should be using it. One, its a superior alternative to Goodreads, which is an Amazon product, and I know a lot of folks are actively trying to not give their money to Amazon if they have the capacity. Two, it’s prettier; Goodreads’ interface belongs in the previous century. Three, you get tailored recommendations, and can look for books by mood. Four, you’ll be supporting a Black woman and a small business! Five, PIE CHARTS. It’s a win win win win win!
Bookly: This is for my readers who are trying to actively allocate consistent time for reading, would like to read more, or would like to track how long it takes them to finish a book. The data give you fantastic insight into your reading patterns and behaviors, especially useful when you’re trying to establish a habit. There’s free and paid versions, Android and Apple apps.
I hope y’all find these useful, and if you’re already users, I’d love to hear your experiences! Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of the readathon, and shoutout to everyone who has managed any amount of reading today!
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