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Ways to keep track of TBRs

Hey there!

Inspired by Katie’s discussion post, I decided to also talk a bit about how I deal with my never-ending TBR.

I like having a “big” tbr but only as long as I feel like it’s manageable. It makes no sense, of course, because I’m constantly adding books to it, but I try to pay attention mostly to my physical tbr so it feels less daunting. Once my physical tbr is somewhat under control, then I allow myself to buy some new books (that were on my tbr but that I had no physical copy of). It’s the only way that I’ve found that I can kind of keep track of everything I want to read. Of course, that just means that my e-books and audiobooks tbrs are constantly out of control, but oh well. I guess you can’t have everything figured out 😂

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I’ve been using my bullet journal to keep track of the books I own for years, and recently I started using Notion to do so as well. What can I say? I love lists and all things related to planning & organization.Of course, I only keep track of my physicial TBR so I still need to improve this system. Maybe I’ll eventually manage it with Notion?

My latest action to make it easier for me to see my physical TBR and to avoid wanting to reread my old favorites was to turn all of my read books around, so I can only see the spines of the books I still have to read on my shelves. It was weird at first, but now that I’m used to it I love it so much! It’s such a simple way to visually track which and how many books I still need to pick up and I can’t wait to have them all turned around.

With that being said, I just counted all the books with spines still facing out and as of right now I have 73 books on my physical TBR. It’s a lot, more than what usually read in a year, but it feels manageable. As long as I don’t keep adding books without reading them, I should be fine and maybe even able to bring that number to 0 in the next year or so? Fingers crossed 🤞

How do you keep track of yourr TBR? Do you like having a massive one or do you prefer to keep it manageable?

Until next time, 


11 thoughts on “Ways to keep track of TBRs

    1. Honestly, Goodreads stress me out so much that I’d rather just keep track of it myself. It’s also so easy to get overwhelmed, but I’m so happy it’s working out for you!


  1. Flipping your books around is such a good idea! I don’t really have a physical TBR because it’s virtually kept on Goodreads, but I think it’d be a great way to keep track of how many books you reread as well 🙂

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  2. I actually only read ebooks now so I keep track of my tbr through my Amazon wish list and it is nice to have it all in one place. And then the books I’ve bought but haven’t read I just have in the kindle library. I love the idea of having a bullet journal spread for it though – that sounds like such a good idea to keep track of which ones I have yet to read rather than scrolling through the library to find out.


  3. Turning the read books around is a creative solution! The pretty spines and covers can make me really want to re-read! I don’t have a bullet journal, but I did make a list on a regular piece of notebook paper that I’m trying to work through before the end of the year. 🙂

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    1. I have no idea why I’d never thought of that before but it certainly was life changing for me and my reading. Wanting to turn every book around has been motivating me to read so much more than usual. Lists are the best 😌 good luck with yours!

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