January 29, 2023

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We present the reading diary 2023!

My favorite part of every new year is taking the time to set up my new reading log to track my reading for each year. It’s always a pleasure to create and refine this Sheets-based log for better read tracking, and it seems that no matter how happy I am with the log at the start of the year, I always end up making a few tweaks to it have the year! The changes for 2023 are fairly minimal, but I hope they will provide even more clarity and tracking power. And as always, you can customize it to suit your own needs and tracking desires. Click here to access the 2023 reading log.

As Google Sheets made some improvements and other design decisions this year, I’m happy to walk you through using, editing, and refining the reading history to suit your tastes and reading habits. While there are many great features, you can always delete or hide those that you don’t want to use or that you find annoying. However, I recommend hiding rather than deleting – sometimes certain values ​​are associated with other functions, and you don’t want to make a big code mess!

About the log

The read log is integrated with Google Sheets. If you click the link above to access it, you will see an empty log that cannot be edited. Please do not send me a request for edit access. This is the main blank log and you can get a copy of it by clicking File -> Make a copy. Then name the document whatever you like and save it to your personal Google Drive. (You must have your own Google account and be signed in to do this.) This allows you to keep your log in the cloud, so you can access it anywhere, and only you or the people you share the file with can access it.

tracking power

If the log looks like a LOT, don’t worry! You don’t have to use it to its full extent. Just choose what works for you. I recommend hiding the columns and rows you don’t want to use, but if you want to use all the features, go wild! Each drop-down menu and column can be edited and personalized to track everything from books, reading habits, author and creator demographics, to how diversity is represented. There’s also a handy tab for tracking your Read Harder progress and a tab for tracking your book spend.

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Editing the log

This log is inspired by lots of feedback, multiple examples online, and my own whims when it comes to tracking my reading. So the way I use it may not be the way you want to use it, and that’s fine. I’ve tried to include as many options as possible, but I highly encourage you to make it your own. I find it exciting to set it up each year and reflect on what my reading shows me at the end of the year, so I highly recommend taking the time to make it work for you.

If you would like editing instructions, watch my YouTube video which explains some of the features, how they work and shows you how to add or change wording and features. The good news? Thanks to some Sheets updates that came into effect in 2022, it’s MUCH easier to edit than it used to be.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of emails I receive and my busy schedule, I am unable to respond to every single request for help. Please let me know if you see an error or run into any problems, but I recommend watching the troubleshooting video and trying to solve your problem via the Google Sheets help forums first. Happy reading!

Want to see how the protocol has evolved over the years? Check out the 2020 logbook, 2021 logbook and 2022 logbook!