I have kept a bullet Journal for over 5 years now. I use it for everything, from personal goals, my writing, my blog but it is primarily above all a Reading Journal. I like to keep my journal fairly minimalist only splashing out on fancy pages or decoration for readathons etc. As I have been keeping my bullet journal for such a long time now I have also developed a particular style and way I like my pages and spreads to work and what I track is fairly fixed also. I thought I would give you a bit of a tour of my set yearly pages.
The Journal and Goals
I use Nuuna notebooks as my journals. I love the smaller, faint dot grid, the numbering of the pages and the size. They are just slightly wider than A5 with 256 bright white pages, with lay flat binding. The paper thickness is good, it handles most pens with out bleeding and only a little ghosting (which I don’t mind) and I can also use my fountain pens (Twisbi eco Medium nib, Lami AllStar fine nibs with diamine inks) without bleeding and very little feathering.
I also love the selection of cool covers they have. The one I choose this year is due to the gorgeous Moon on the cover. I love that it wraps around the whole book including the painted edges. I let the cover inspire my colour choices for the text I have used a selection of Grey pens for my self up, and hope to do little moon scenes for my Monthly cover pages. Both Shades of Grey are from the Sakura Gelly Roll Urban set. Dark Cool Grey and Cool Grey.
I am only showing my Bookish Goals, I have another page with a couple more personal goals but I want to keep them personal for just now. I like just having this page to look back on. I think making goals and writing them down it makes it easier to stick to them, every time I flick past this page I am reminded of them and that helps me keep to them. I will be filling it out later.
Yes I track my Goodreads goal in my bullet journal. I am aiming for 100 books this year but have left space to fill in more. This allows me to colour each read off as I read it. For each book I mark down the title, author my star rating, ESCAPE score and then tick it off if/when I post my review. This helps me review most of the books I read as well as I can just flick back and see what has still to be reviewed.
Along with my written tracker I have several pages dotted through my journal as Books Read. They are portioned out into blocks of 12 in which I place printed sticker copies of the Book covers of all the books I read in the year. I love doing this. It looks so pretty as it starts to fill up and as I flick through the journal I end up with a visual representation of the books I read that year.
NetGalley/ARC list, Monthly Reading and Blog Stats
This is more tracking for my own organisation. I like having a list of my commitments each month of Galleys and ARCs so have a set up to allow me to record them and the day they are released so I can time my reviews accordingly.
I also have my Reading stats. This is so I can keep track for wrap ups and what helps me write my end of year wrap up post too. I note the number of books, pages, my ratings and my favourite book for that month and the check box is for when I have posted my Wrap up for that month. I have started a Blog Stats page so I can keep up with my blog and Instagram goals.
This is a section of informational pages. I have my Agatha Christie challenge that has moved through a number of journals now. My Conquer the Classics page has been shrunk this year as I don’t want to go buy new ones, I want to focus on those I already own. A new page is my Terry Pratchett Project list. I have a list of the Discworld books by Sub series that I have been working my way through and I am making a more formal blog project this year!
Finally I have my Tsunduku! Yes that is my whole unread TBR all 297 books and I will be checking them off as I read them. I made these a print out a) to save my hand from having to write them out. But also so I can easily move them from journal to journal until they are all checked off!
So that is my 2021 set up so far. I will be posting my monthly spread later on in the week to give you a wee picture of what that looks like.