How to Use The Reader’s Notebook

I love lists and I love filling out forms (well, except for FAFSA and the paperwork at doctors’ offices, and…okay I only like filling out certain kinds of forms). That’s why I love having a planner just for my books. I like keeping track of the various aspects of my reading life.

The Reader’s Notebook contains 25 unique pages. You can print as many copies of the pages and arrange them however you’d like. Most of the pages are pretty self explanatory but I’m going to go over a few of them and give you an overview of how to use them!

Reading Goals of the Year:

If you’ve never set reading goals for the year, then definitely have some fun with this page! For the past couple of years, I’ve been setting a goal for the number of books I want to read in the next twelve months. In the past couple of months, I’ve been trying to read for at least 15 minutes as part of my nighttime routine. These are the kinds of things you can write on this page. Having a list will keep you from forgetting what goals you make.

TBR List:

A TBR, or TO BE READ list is the running list of books that you want to read before you die. Your reading list for the year will come from your TBR list. If you’re an avid reader like me, your TBR list will likely be pages and pages and pages long! 


I have about a zillion wishlists on and most of them are for books. Why so many? Cause I categorize them according to genre so I’m not sifting through page after page of random book titles trying to find that one book I want to buy. You can do the same with the wishlists in your planner. So just write the genre or subject on the first line (i.e. historical fiction or inspirational) and write down your wishes!

Unfinished Books

Sooner or later we come across a book that, try as hard as we may, we just cannot get through. One rule of reading is never feel guilty about not completing a book. Now, of course, if the book is required for school or work, then you have no choice than to pour another cup of tea and keep plugging away. But if you’re reading for pleasure and you’re finding no pleasure in what you’re reading, then ditch it and pick up something else. Life is too short to read books we don’t enjoy. And when you ditch that boring read, jot it down in this list and give a reason why it didn’t interest you so when your friend recommends it, you know just what to say!

Favorite Authors:

When writing down your list of favorite writers, you can also use the space to write down the books that makes this writer so special to you. It’s also a good place to jot down the titles that you haven’t read yet and want to check out. So for instance, one of my entries may look like: 

Louisa May Alcott

Favorite books: Little Women & An Old Fashioned Girl

TBR: Under the Lilacs

Month on 2-Pages:

The monthly calendar can help you keep track of book club events, book completion, personal reading goal, online reading challenges, etc. 

The other pages included in this planner are:

  • Title Page
  • This Notebook Belongs to:
  • Books I’d Like to Read This Year
  • Recommended Books
  • Completed Books
  • Library Books
  • Favorite Books of the Year
  • Favorite Quotes
  • My Books Lent
  • Borrowed Books
  • Books Gifted
  • Monthly Goals/Reading List
  • Weekly Page
  • Book Review on 2 pages
  • Bookish Notes
  • Diary pages
  • Plain lined pages

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out these posts: 

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