Keeping a reading log improves your reading habits. You’ll start reading more often, and you will also find you look for better books since you will be recording them in your book tracker.
Bullet Journal Book Tracker
Track the books you read with these free printable book reading tracker templates.
Book Journal “Books to Read”
Since the text is editable, you can either create a spread for the books you want to read or the books that you already read.
Creating a “books to read” spread sets your reading goals and puts them on paper. When you put your goals on paper, you are more likely to reach them. This is important for those who want to read, but life gets in the way sometimes. It makes reading a priority.
Favorite Quotes or Book Quotes
Keeping a book journal will encourage you to track your reading over time and keep a long-term book log. We offer a free DIY reading journal PDF. It has 17 pages, but you might not need to print some of them, and there might be other pages that you will want to print multiple copies of, such as the reading log printables.
Click here to open the free printable reading journal. You can also make your own DIY reading journal by printing any of the templates on this page. If you do that, you will be able to customize each printable, whereas if you print the PDF book journal, you will not be able to customize it. Once you have printed all the pages you want, insert them into a binder, or use a planner with removable pages.
Book Review Template
This book review template has space for one or two book reviews.
This reading log printable records the books you read and the author of each book. Select any reading log template and add a border or print a blank book log. You can also edit the text.
Free Reading Log PDF
You can download any of the printables above in PDF format for free. To do that, click on the button below and then select PDF.
We also offer reading quotes that you can use to make printable posters or add them to pages in your reading journal template.
Reading Log for Kids
You will find a number of templates to create a reading log for kids. There are reading logs with summary, with the genre, rating, the number of pages read, and space for the parent’s signature.
Summer reading log
Daily reading log
Weekly reading log
Benefits of Keeping a Reading Log
You can use a reading log for adults and for kids and they have benefits for both.
When you track the books you read, you will find that you read more. If you are looking to read more, then set monthly or yearly reading goals. In the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey, the author explains that there is no better way to inform and expand your mind on a regular basis than to get into the habit of reading. Reading provides you with an opportunity to get into the best minds that are now or that have ever been in the world. Covey recommends starting with a goal of a book a month then a book every two weeks, then a book a week.
Remember what you read
When you keep track of the books, you read, you will remember what you read. I can’t tell you how many times I have started to read a book only to discover I had actually read it. My memory, unfortunately, isn’t what it used to be.
Remember if you enjoyed the book
You can add a rating system and rate each book from 1 to 5. This will help you when someone asks if you recommend a specific book. It will also probably increase the chance that you remember what you read.
Understand your reading habits
When you track your reading habits over time you will notice how they evolve. Often, we don’t realize that most of the books we read are similar and we can broaden our horizons.
Recognize your achievement
Reading many books is an achievement that you deserve to recognize. When your book log is long and you don’t keep a record of the books you read, you will not be able to create the list years from now.
If you use our book review template and write a few sentences about each book, it will force you to think about the book and what it meant to you. How did it make you feel, and what did you get from it? These are things that we think about when we try to summarize a book in a few sentences.