If you’ve never used Goodreads, you may have glossed over the mention, but it’s worth a closer look.
Goodreads is a social networking site that’s focused on books. Set up your profile and you can begin entering books. You can use it to track the books you’ve read. You can use it to track the books you want to read. You can use it to see what your friends are reading, and what they think of the books they’ve finished.
Don’t want to share what you’re reading? You don’t have to; you can simply use it to record your own books.
Afraid to enter a slew of data on a free site? You can export your data in a .csv, .txt., or .xls format. If you’ve got book data in one of those formats, you can import it too, and save yourself some typing.
While technically I’ve been a member of Goodreads since 2010, I’ve only really been using it this year. I’ve enjoyed it enough that I’ve been working my way through the records of what books I’ve read, entering the books into the database. It’s reminded me of some terrific books, and reminded me of authors I want to see if they’ve written anything more.
Although I’ve been keeping track of the books I’ve read since 1999 (no, I’m not kidding), the basic Word document I used doesn’t have the same sorting capabilities, so I’ve been having fun adding shelves (for the different categories) and seeing the stats and recommendations it generates from my data.
You can set an annual reading goal, and it will track it for you throughout the year, letting you know if you’re on pace to meet your goal. On a whim I decided to set a goal and it’s been a lot of fun seeing how I’m doing toward the goal.
Disclosure: I am not affiliated with Goodreads in any way. They don’t know that I exist. I am just a very happy user!