It’s a common problem for book readers to lose track of all their books. After all, who can remember all the names of all those books piled up in all those stacks? So, you can imagine how useful a book tracker can be when you’re just that in love with books. That’s where the bullet journal book tracker comes in.
What’s a bullet journal book tracker?
A bullet journal book tracker, or a book log, is a checklist of books you want to read. You are free to list a set of books, or write them down as you finish each one, as long as it helps. Basically, the book tracker’s purpose is to help you keep track of what books are still unread.
While non-book readers might not understand, avid book readers will definitely appreciate this bullet journal tool.
Another name for this tool is a reading tracker, book log, or just plain book tracker.
Now, you might not know what a bullet journal is. A bullet journal is a planner system that lets you customize the contents to how ever you wish. You choose to put certain elements in, like habit trackers, future logs, and the like.
If you want to know more about the benefits of bullet journaling, you can check them out here.
Combined with the bullet journal, the book or reading tracker will let you have everything you want to track in just one notebook. It’s convenient. It’s simple. It’s efficient.
How do you make a book or reading tracker, you might ask?
You can make a book or reading tracker by simply making a checklist. More artsy or maximalist bullet journalists might elect to make their own design and layout of their book or reading tracker.
If you are one of those artsy bullet journalists, you might want to check out some of the best pins from Pinterest and posts from Instagram to help give you ideas and inspiration.
If you want a more minimalist bullet journal, like myself, you’ll want to stick around too.Many of these are simply designed yet creative and efficient. Also, you’ll definitely appreciate the artsy maximalist designs as well!
If you aren’t familiar with Pinterest. It is a visual platform much like Instagram that solely focuses on the photos. Unlike Instagram, though, it serves more like a search engine for photos.
If you are looking for ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out Pinterest.
You can follow the Scribbler Planet Pinterest page if you want more bullet journal ideas as well!
As you can see, there are so many creative designs for the book or reading tracker that goes beyond the basic list design.
A trend among these book trackers are literal bookshelf designs. They are actually quite easy to make if you have a guide or tutorial for book doodles and the bookshelves themselves are simply rectangles you can make with a ruler.
So if you want to draw inspirations from these and practice, go for it!
Also, you might notice that some of these trackers are tracking the number of pages you have read instead of the books. This is another way to track your progress for reading. The last few ones take it really seriously too.
It’s a fun way to gauge your progress for books, as well as a good way to develop faster reading patterns.
Bullet Journal Book Tracker Tip: One of the benefits of the bullet journal is that this analog tool is way to disconnect from technology and the screen of your phone or computer.
The reason the book tracker goes so well with the bullet journal is that reading is also a good way to disconnect from technology and enter another world as written by an author.
It’s a form of escapism that generally improves your mindfulness, imagination, and gives you respite from whatever ails you in real life!
While you might be familiar with Instagram as the platform “models” and influencers use, it’s also a great place to find bullet journal ideas and inspiration!
I was actually introduced to bullet journals from seeing a time lapse video of a user designing one of their spreads on Instagram. At the time, I thought the bullet journal was just for artists and since I didn’t have the time(or the skills) to make a good piece of art, I held back for a bit.
Time went on, I discovered that bullet journals were originally minimalist tools. I got into it more after that, but I still greatly appreciate the artsy bullet journals – as you can see here!
*This particular spread was made by Shayda Campbell
As you can see, a lot of the Instagram book trackers also have the bookshelf theme as one of the more popular themes.
What’s interesting here is the last book tracker, which is mostly a book/book prompt.
As with everything in the bullet journal, if it helps you, you can put it in.
The last one in particular just spices things up. It focuses more the enjoyment of the activity rather than the straight up tracking of it. This helps alleviate most of the tedium or burn out, or even help with indecisiveness, when reading.
Bullet Journal Book Tracker Tip: After seeing all these great ideas for book tracker, you might want to have one for your own journal. But what if you don’t have the time, or the artistic skills to make your own?
That’s where Printables and Stickers come in. Printables and stickers are downloadable or purchasable items that will let you get pre-made trackers that you might want to use!
The thing with the bullet journal is, while it’s a great tool for readers, it’s also a great tool for writers!
I know that once you are a reader, it’s easier to fall in love with writing, not just aspiring to be a best-selling author, but as a hobby as well.
There are many modules or collections you can put in the bullet journal that will help keep you in track to finishing your book. If you are a new writer that’s seeking just to build the habit, you can also use the bullet journal to do just that.
If you want to learn more on how the bujo can help writers finish their book, check this article where I go in-depth with it.