Fun DIY reading tracker

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So at the begining of the year, I pulled out my journal and finished the reading tracker I’d started earlier in the year:

Photo (c) Beth Wojiski. Drawing my own.

I was surprised to see I’d read 75 books! Some of them were shorter, but I also feel like I forgot to include a few. I did not include any of the books for which I was the editor.

The reason I was surprised was I’m pretty busy. I work full time as an in-house editor for a consulting and training company. I also edit and proofread on a freelance basis many nights and/or weekends (I severely reduced my project intake once I started working full time, but I still work at least 3 nights and 1 weekend day per week, most weeks.)

I also made approximately 25 doilies and 5 rosaries (both being Christmas gifts either given or commissioned to make based on posts I’ve made), plus I finished some other crochet projects.

So how on Earth did I read 75 books???? I guess that Kindle Unlimited subscription really made it easy. I did find I’d power through a series if I really liked it! And I do sometimes use audiobooks while I’m crafting, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: I can also craft and read eBooks at the same time. Just prop the device in front of me and turn pages with a tap in between stitches.

Making this cute bookcase was really easy. I found I wanted to draw the “books” as I went so there’d be enough room for me to write the title.

I used a ruler to do the bookcase lines but otherwise did the books freehand. I penciled in the title names until I was happy with how it looked, then went over it in permanent ink. (I like this ultra-fine-tip Sharpie, but be careful using one on thinner paper or it may bleed through.)

Then it was a matter of coloring in the book spines lightly in colored pencil so the titles would show through. I know it’s not fine art, but it was a great outlet for some creativity.

I’m really loving tracking my reading and will be doing it again this year. Do you do anything similar? Drop a comment below!

Published by Beth

I currently reside in Pittsburgh, having moved here in May 2008. I live with my husband Fred and life is really awesome. In the past few years I have completely changed my life (and I couldn't do it without support from family and friends). I now work as a writer and editor, and my favorite topics to write about are how to live a more positive life, book reviews, and sharing my crafts. Welcome!

3 thoughts on “Fun DIY reading tracker

  1. I just write a basic list for my reads, but I did a cute layout for one of my challenges (I did three last year, and am doing two this year). I also did a few fun layouts for separate book-related things I wanted to keep track of. I don’t know how to show photos to you here, though.

    1. If you have a your photos in an online album that you’d want to share, I have links enabled (2 per comment) in the comments.

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