For 2023 I decided to do a little something different for my reading journal. I loved bullet journaling, but I started having less and less time to devote to it. So, I decided to buy a reading journal that already has everything laid out for me. I think it’s going to make everything so much easier. I’ve really enjoyed using it so far, so let’s talk about it.
I found this journal on Etsy from a shop called Wildflowerbookmarks. There are a ton of options on Etsy, but I went with this one because it’s small enough to keep in my regular planner.
The Book Shelf
I love that the bookshelf page is the very first page. It just makes things colorful and fun. I’m going color coordinate this page by month to keep track of how many books I read that month. I don’t include the book titles because I can’t really write that small. So, I thought it would be fun to make it a tracker.
Book Bingo/Book of the Month
The next page is the book bingo page. When I ordered a reading journal, I wasn’t necessarily looking for book bingo. But now that I have it, I’m pretty excited. These prompts are fun, but they’re also attainable. I’m going to stick with my color coding and use the same color for each month throughout the pages. That way I know when I completed each prompt.
For the book of the month page, I plan to print my favorite of the month out and put it there.
50 Book/100 Book Challenge
For the numbers challenge I’m going to fill them out simultaneously. I’m hoping to read 100 books this year.
The monthly pages are self-explanatory. That’s where I’ll keep track of all of my monthly reading. One thing I have noticed with this journal is that my highlighters bleed through, so I’ll only use colored pencils going forward.
30 Day Reading Challenge
There are tons of the 30 Day Reading Challenge pages. I don’t really expect to use them, so they’ll probably be left blank. I might find another way to use them, but I haven’t come up with anything yet.
Reading Tracker/Reading List
I really like having the reading tracker. I’m going to try to color in every day that I’ve read each month. Even if it’s just a few pages. So far, I’m on a streak for January. I’ve really been enjoying myself this month.
And then the next page starts the yearly reading list. There are plenty of copies and I really like the layout of the list.
Right after the reading list is the favorite quotes list. I’m really excited to have this. I love to collect quotes.
Lastly, there’s the top books list. I’ll probably wait until the end of the year to fill this one out.
And so that’s my 2023 reading journal. I’m really excited to use it. There are a few things I will probably tweak to fit my life better but overall, I’m really happy with it.
Now let’s chat in the comments. Do you keep a journal? How do you keep track of the books you’ve read? I’d love to know.