If you are a sane bibliophile who likes bullet journalling, you stick to one journal a year. Maybe two, if it is only big enough for six months at a time.
You are not like me then if you decide to completely scrap your current journal, which is set up for a full year, and start again.
The thing is, it just happened. The one I had stopped working for me and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt about keeping a bullet journal, even if it is just designed for books, it is that the page spreads have to work for you.
For me, it involved getting a brand new journal (a square-paged Leuchtturm), changing my spreads, and adding a bit more colour and creativity to them. It’s still simple compared to all the arty spreads that you see on Instagram or Pinterest, but for me, simple is always best.
My first main spread is a list of all the books on my bedroom bookshelves
You see the ‘1’ in the top right corner of the shelf header, well that’s because this particular spread spans across five double pages. These are all the hardbacks on this page, the other four sets are my paperbacks.
Of course I need tick boxes to mark when I’ve read a book! Yes, I’m that kind of person who gets very excited by a list that’s fully checked.
Next spread is all the classics that live on a separate bookshelf downstairs:
I’m hoping it gives me the motivation to read more classics as I don’t read as many as I used to. There was one stage when all I read was classics!
I’m not a great artist so my fairytale castle didn’t come out as “Disney-esque” as I wanted it. Oh well. However the nice thing about this spread is that after checking off five more books, I will have read all the books on this particular shelf! YAY!
My Kindle Library:
Not including the duplicate e-books I have for certain paperbacks, I’m surprised this only filled two and a half double page spreads! You might not see many ticks, but that’s as most of them are conveniently hiding underneath the kindle.
My Audible Library
It’s not very full but I rarely have brand new audiobooks. For me nowadays, they tend to be re-reads.
A Favourites bookcase!
Pretty self explanatory really. I like how the bookcase came out too, even with my stupid drawing errors. Of course it will be filled in when I read a new favourite.!
Lastly, my Reading Challenge Page
Again, it’s pretty self explanatory. I’ve a feeling though that if my reading picks up, I’ll have to go onto the next page. Good job I’ve not created any more spreads!
Saying that, I do want a couple more spreads for this year. Maybe a stats page and a spread for the “Soft DNFs.”
At least now with the way it is, I can carry this through to the next year and even the next few years.
Hopefully it will stay working for me during that time because I don’t want to have to create another one unless it is full!
If you journal, have you updated and created any new spreads?
What particular ones work for you?
As always, thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!