Staying organized: 10 bullet journal spread ideas for book bloggers!

FACT OF THE DAY YEAR: Bullet journals are awesome.

It’s a fact, okay. Proven by me, myself and I, which is obviously reliable and not at all biased.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the bullet journal system, you can check out this link to learn a bit more, which is the creator’s site, and there are also tons of videos on YouTube, posts on Pinterest, about it as well! (How do I know this? Hahahaha I haven’t spent hours watching bullet journal videos on YouTube, what are you talking about? Though I’d recommend not going straight to YouTube if you’re new to bullet journaling because it can get quite overwhelming.)

To me, it’s basically a notebook you can design/customize to suit your needs. Whether that be a daily planner, a shopping list, or a thought-tracking journal (LOL aka a diary), doodle pad, whatever. ISN’T THAT GREAT? Any blank notebook (lined, grid, etc) works, though I personally use the Leuchtteurm 1917 dotted A5 journal*!

I’ve previously made a post on my bullet journal back in May last year talking about how I use my bullet journal for book blogging and I really loved writing it, and since my bullet journal has changed so much and it’s a new year, I thought I might share another (hopefully somewhat) helpful and more detailed post; 10 specific spreads (pages) you can use to keep your bookish and bloggish life organized! 

SPOILER: Is this post my excuse to not-so-secretly rave about bullet journalling? Yes, yes it is. Am I also trying to convert you all to bullet journals? Yes, yes I am. I WILL SUCCEED. (Maybe. Possibly. A girl can try, okay.)

*Because I’m basic. But it’s not necessary at all! There are tons of alternative options that works just as well. 🙂

Books to be released

Purpose: keep track of the top upcoming releases you’re interested in throughout the year

Option 1

I didn’t end up following many November or any December releases but I love the look of this spread! Simple, but functional. It also offers lots of space for titles, gives a visual of how spread apart different releases are, etc. It may have been a *slight* (hahahhaha understatement of the year) pain to draw the calendars out, but the end result is pretty great!

Option 2

Another option, which I’ve decided to use this year, is combining the books to be released with this future log spread*! I’ve decided to split my vertical future log layout in half for each month, using the bottom half for book releases and the top for my personal events. I thought it would be easier to combine the two spreads rather than have to make the calendars twice for individual spreads, you know? Saves pages, too!

*inspired by Amandarachlee’s 2018 setup BECAUSE HER SPREADS ARE AMAZING AND I LOVE THEM

Wishlists

PurposeKeep track of books you want/need to buy!

We all know bookworms are occasionallygreedy ambitious? as heck. And also that we (well, I) have extremely horrible memory, which is why I want to keep a list of the books (and overall things) I want and need to buy!

Pff, no, of course I’m not going to put all the books in the need section. Of course not.

You can make this as long or as short as you wish! Mine is only a page, though I think I’ll have to recreate it to add more space later because I am a person who has no sense on saving money, apparently.

**I really hope to get better pens this year, because the one I’m using smudges quite a bit if I’m not patient (and I’m not patient hahah oops), so excuse the look of this spread!**

Reading challenge trackers

Purpose: Track reading challenge progress! (… Do I really need to elaborate???)

I myself don’t participate in many reading challenges, but there are endless ways you could use your bullet journal to keep track of reading challenges!

One example I can show you guys is the spread I did for Aentee’s Reading Quest challenge in August! I didn’t officially participate and so I didn’t count any points or anything like that (it was a super cool idea though!) and I ended up cheating and filling it in at the end of 2017 with books I read buuuut that’s besides the point, okay?

It’s a perfectly viable option for reading bingos, any challenge with prompts, etc. There are honestly so many different ways you could use your journal for reading challenges, like making a TBR for a challenge in your journal, or a sort of table with the title, date you want to finish your book by, etc. Or if it’s a daily thing you can track number of pages read per day, etc. All up to you!

Review Copies

Purpose: Track your ARCs and their review status.

Chances are, if you’re a book blogger, you’ve heard of ARCs (advanced reader copies)! I myself don’t request that many nowadays (and if I do I get rejected by Netgalley…… *sobs*) but I decided to make a spread for them in case I do request more throughout the year.

If you’re one to request or receive a lot of review copies you can of course increase the space for this spread, or if you want to be more specific and add more categories you can do that as well!

For me, I just decided to include the title, when I received it, the expected publishing date, when I need to review by and the status (aka did I get my life together and review it yet hahaha probably not or if my request is pending, etc)! Other options include things like publisher, where you’re getting it from, etc.

Books Read

Purpose: Tracking… books read (no duh)

Next to my ARC page I have my ‘books read’ tracker! In 2017 I didn’t include this spread, but I decided to add it this year because I really want to have all the books I read in one place (apart from Goodreads, which I don’t always use).

My goal is to read around 65 books this year? One page gives me space for around 33 titles, if I take one line per book and I’m counting correctly (I’m probably not), so I added another page on the other side for the remaining titles.

I’ll be adding to the list as I read each book, so that I won’t have to go back to each month to see my 2018 reads by the end because I’m a lazy time-saving reader. 😉

Option 2

Another way to track books read comes in the form of a monthly spread(though it could easily become a yearly spread as well if wanted)!

I’ve used this method twice so far, and it’s super handy for me because it lets me see very quickly thetitleof a book I read (no random “BR” or “BYLTHM” thank the potatoes) which is the box in the middle, as well as my rating (the 5 small boxes on the left) and when I read it (start date at the top, end date at the bottom). You can see pictures below!

This left spread is the one I used in November, and I love how it looks! Ignore though how I switched my titles from cursive to normal writing and the empty blog schedule and my horrible writing… THAT NEVER HAPPENED.

The January spread (right side) for this year is similar to the one I used in November, except I added more space to my blog section (I’m hoping to have more posts up this month!) and put the books on the bottom. And, obviously, the theme for this month is stars** which I’m loving as well! So excited to use this spread*. :)))

*Just a note/present day update: I actually have been using this spread already! I took these photos, like, at the start of January which is why they’re not filled out here, but I loooove using this spread.
**Inspired by Amanda’s April plan with me video last year; her bullet journal is honestly GOALS, okay.

“On the shelf”

Purpose: Create a bookshelf to keep track of books on your TBR you want to prioritize

The look of this spread is one that I got from this video here! It’s super cute. Though in the video, they used it as a books read tracker kind of thing? Where they’d write the title of a book they read and colour in a book on the shelf–which is a super good idea as well!

But for me, since I already have my books read tracker, I decided to make it a sort of priority TBR kind of thing! Being someone who has A LOT of books on their TBR (almost 2000!), I want this spread to keep track of the books I’m most interested in, because when you have almost 2000 books on your TBR (hahahaha definitely not me what???), or honestly even above 20, like how do you remember all the titles???

YEAH, YOU DON’T.

I previously did something like this back in May as well, which is another option if you want to set monthly TBRs if you want but I changed the look up to make it more of a yearly thing this year. I’m not one to set yearly TBRs very much, so there’s not going to be any pressure to read the titles I put on the shelf, just options for me to read! because I have commitment issues.

Other variations of this spread could include making it your 2018 read shelf, if you’d like, or tracking purchased but unread books, or library books… all up to you!

Blog goals / Future posts

Purpose: make a list of posts you want to write throughout the year(but don’t know when you want to post them OR you know when you want to post them, but it’s not that time yet.

I GET VERY RANDOM IDEAS, RANDOMLY. If there’s one thing you should know about my blogging habits, is that my ideas can literally come from anywhere, at anytime and hence the need for this spread, because we all know if we don’t write the idea down when it happens, it’s gone forever.

On the left page, I also added a mini calendar as an example to visually represent my blog schedule, and beside that, a goals section! I used to keep track of monthly goals for my blog, but they ended up being pretty repetitive and so I just wanted to put them all together as a yearly kind of thing.

After that I just left some empty space, either to collect blog names, or, add the future posts section there as well to add more space. Not sure yet. 🙂

On the other page, is where I have my official future posts section!

If I don’t have my journal with me when I get an idea, of course, I use my phone, but I do want to keep a list of future post ideas that I can use whenever I’m stuck or want to remember an idea for later! I decided to make it a yearly collection so that I can have it all throughout the year, and it’s already been super helpful when deciding monthly posts.

I’ve organized it by having the post title, the type of post it will be (discussion, review, meme, list?) and the planned date, which can be left blank if I don’t know, or can be a month, or a very specific date. I’M FLEXIBLE. (Not physically though. Unfortunately.)

Monthly blog planner

Purpose:Keep track of your schedule, post ideas, goals, and books read

Or at least, that was the purpose of my planners! I varied my layouts from month to month, but the key elements usually stayed the same.

This horribly grainy photo is the setup I originally started out with, back in May! I used this page quite frequently in May, and recreated the basic elements of this later on as well!

(Also can we just admire my super fancy supplies, guys. But hey; if it works, it works!)

Other options:

Over here I have my June and July spreads! For June, I used more of a boxed effect, with a calendar at the top left, stats box underneath, my schedule on the right, and then an ideas box below that. On the side I did the books I read as well as some goals.

For July, (second picture) I went for a more, I don’t know, open list-like style? I don’t know what to call it. I had my schedule at top, followed by post ideas, books, and stats and goals. I didn’t mind it, but I think I prefer it to be more sectioned off because for August I went to something more structured.

By the way, I blurred the images because there are posts I didn’t get to during those months but I’m still planning on writing/posting them, so I want to keep them a surprise. 😉

August is probably my favourite because I loved the theme for that month (and I was somewhat successful with my schedule!) but I didn’t like how I had so little space for book titles??

I mean, LOOK AT THOSE ACRONYMS. I can hardly remember my own name, okay how am I supposed to figure out what book I’m talking about when it’s called something like OOUIL*??? Or TGGVV**??? I don’t know what I was even thinking, tbh.

Of course, I changed my layout for November and this month as well, to better accommodate the titles! No one has time to decipher what IFNT*** stands for.

*One of Us is Lying. 😉 Great book, horrible memory!
**The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue. Whoops, completely forgot. Loved it though!
***If There’s No Tomorrow. Yes, I had to go and look through my weekly planners. DON’T JUDGE ME.

Post Planner

Purpose: A spread to plan out your posts in-depth throughout a month.

Another spread, is a Post Ideas, or Post Planner monthly spread! If you’re not one to plan out your posts very much, this may not be useful for you, (and even I have only added it for this month) BUT if you do like to have a little bit more preparation or space to brainstorm, you can easily make a planner/brain dump type of spread in your journal at the start of each month!

Ahem. Excuse my awful writing.

I’ve left this page pretty blank, just with a header at the top of the page that goes with my theme and the title of the page, leaving most of the space empty–allowing for it to become whatever I need it to be. I feel so prepared what is this new and unfamiliar feeling????

What I love is that it’s super flexible (are you tired of me using that word yet)! If I have a lot to plan out for a certain post (like this one!) I can do that, if I don’t have much to write, that works too!

Post tracker

Purpose:a more detailed tracker for people who want to plan ahead

Another post for the planners, because that’s what bullet journals help with best (and because I’m trying to be more of a planner this month/year) is the monthly Post Tracker spread!


In the spread, I’ve organized the page in a chart/table/whatever they’re called with the post title, when I want it posted, when I want to have it written (look at me, trying to be so prepared), and the status.

The status, basically will be filled out with my progress using “written”, “edited”, and “posted” with empty bullet points and as I go through the stages of writing it, I’ll fill those bullets in. 🙂

#mylifeissoputtogetherguys

(it’s really not)

In case you ever needed proof why bullet journals are AMAZING, well, here’s this post. (You’re welcome.) 😉

Honestly though, I’ve heard from a lot of people how it takes too much dedication, or too much time, or it’s too daunting to make a planner from scratch, and I get that!

But the thing is, how much time you spend on your bullet journal is completely up to you; you can spend as much or as little time as you want and there should honestly be NO PRESSURE, because it’s all customizable, all personalized to fit your needs.

Of course, if the planner you use works for you, that’s absolutely lovely and great! 🙂 But if you’re like me and want some more freedom to fit your planner around your lifestyles, the bullet journal is a perfect option.

I hope this post was at least somewhat helpful for anyone stuck on either different yearly spreads to add to their journal, or just on how to use different spreads for book blogging! Now tell me:

How do you stay organized? Have I convinced you of the magic of bullet journals?(I honestly just LOVE IT SO MUCH and I can’t help but try to mind-control you guys, okay)Do you have one/want one? Do you plan out your posts in advance, or do you prefer taking a more spontaneous approach? What’s your favourite spread? LET’S CHAT ORGANIZATION. (Even though I suck at it hahaha this entire post is a lie)

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55 thoughts on “Staying organized: 10 bullet journal spread ideas for book bloggers!

  1. I am one of those people who freaking ADORE bullet journals, yet I don’t use them. I totally wish I did, but as much as I try to be an analog kind of girl, digital just works best for me (particularly the ability to copy & paste and bring things with me without taking up a ton of space).

    I LOVE the creativity involved in making a bullet journal, I honestly think that is the best most attractive part of creating and maintaining one. However, that creativity definitely takes a lot of time that i just don’t have right now. I’m hoping that once my kids are older and I have a bit more personal time, I can move back to using a bullet journal.

    For now, I’ll just sigh admiringly at other people’s bullet journals 🙂

    In other words, keep these posts coming, cuz even though I don’t use a bullet journal, I love reading about them and seeing sample pages! ❤

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    • Ahahah that was me for the longest time last year!! Oh, I totally understand, that’s definitely useful part of using technology! Everything is easily adjustable.

      It really is so much fun!! I never expected I would love it so much, but it’s actually the greatest to create different spreads. Oh, yes! It can definitely take up time, I’ve had times where I had to pause on updating my bullet journal because life does get super busy. I hope you’re able to use one in the future! ❤️ It’s such a fun and great experience. 😊

      Aw thank you, that makes me so happy to hear!! ❤️❤️

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  2. I have a bullet journal that I started last year, and I really enjoy it! I sometimes am inconsistent about using it, but I find it helpful anyways. I have several pages dedicated to book stuff, and I have a little shelf that I drew and fill in titles that I read, similar to one of your ideas. I will have to try some of your other spreads! 😀

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    • Isn’t it so great?! 😍 I’m so glad you’re enjoying it ahah. Oh same haha, sometimes I’m too lazy. 😂 Ooh nice! Drawing out a bookshelf for the titles is just so cute, I love it ahah. Eep I’m so happy to hear that!! ❤️😊 Do let me know how it goes! Happy journaling!

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  3. Oh my god this is literally AMAZING Analee!! I don’t have a BuJo and I WAS going to start one,,, but I honestly don’t think I’d have enough time to actually put as much effort into as I want to. 😥

    Your spreads are SO. PRETTY. tho omg. 😍 I definitely think having a wishlist is a FANTASTIC idea, and also maybe having a list of books to request from publishers??? I definitely need to keep track of all ny RTCs tbh, it’s gotten out of hand. 😂

    This was such a great post, Analee!!

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    • AHH THANK YOU MAY!!! 😭❤️ Yes, I remember you mentioning you’d start one in January! Aww that’s too bad to hear!! :(( I hope you get the chance to try it out someday, though. 🙂

      Thank youuuu that means so much to me! Ahh YES, so true, that would definitely be a good idea. I keep chickening out of requesting books from publishers though, but there are so many I would like to try for haha. Theoretically. 😂 Sameee omg.

      Thank you, lovely!! ❤️❤️

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  4. WHAT A FANTASTIC POST filled with incredible ideas. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this, this is SO amazing. I don’t have a bullet journal, basically because I am just not that good when it comes to designing or just even writing with beautiful letterings, so… it makes me sad just to try and start one, because it won’t look just as good haha. But that’s definitely a really inspiring post….hm, thank you hahaha, I’ll have to think about it 😛

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    • AW THANK YOUUU MARIE!! You are so, so sweet and this just made my day!! 😭❤️❤️❤️
      Oh, honestly it’s not as hard as it seems (trust me, I’m not skilled with handlettering wither ahah). I’m sure your journal would look lovely if you had one! ❤️ (*VERY subtly nudges you to try a bullet journal*) Ahaha I hope you do enjoy using one if you ever consider it again!! 😉 (You must tell me if you do ahah)

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  5. So many lovely bullet journaling ideas!!! I myself am not bullet journaling this year, but I do own a small journal-y notebook specifically for my blogging. The bookshelf drawing looks so creative but I don’t think I’ll be able to pull that off! I really do plan on doing something similar to your monthly blog planner and post planner ideas, because last year I’ve only used my brain’s imagination to plan out and schedule my posts, and I love the whole planning/scheduling part of blogging! 😀

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    • Ahh I’m so glad you like them!! ❤️😊 Ooh yay, that’s lovely! Oh, it really wasn’t difficult, trust me! Just drew a large rectangle to start and then made shelves by going across horizontally using a ruler. 😊 Oh yes, I hope you enjoy using a blog/post planner! It’s been super useful for me, I love writing out my ideas on paper. It’s so much fun!

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    • AHAHA LIKE LAST WEEK, IT’S BEEN SO LONG???!? I LOVE YOUUU AND MISSED YOU SO MUCH ❤ ❤ ❤ YES!! WE NEED TO TALKKKK.
      Aww DON'T APOLOGIZE!! I totally understand ahah, I WILL. (post more consistently, anyway) I EVEN HAVE A SCHEDULE AND DRAFTS AND EVERYTHING. (I know, I'm shocked too.) I hope you're doing fabulous!!! MUCH LOVE.

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      • ok you replied like a few seconds ago, this might seem stalkerish BUT I PROMISE IT’S JUST ‘CAUSE I’M ONLINE RIGHT NOW

        YES AT LEAST I’M NOT *THAT* LATE TO YOU COMING BACK FROM YOUR HIATUS BRB I WILL BINGE YOUR POSTS FOR A LITTLE BIT

        yess!! OMG THE SCHEDULE & DRAFTS is far more than I have ever been prepared!! i usually just try to write my posts the night before, or if i feel particularly procrastinate-y, i’ll post it at like 5 pm straight after writing it

        ❤ ❤ OKAY I KNOW YOU HARDLY GO ON TWITTER BUT WE SHOULD CHAT SOMEWHERE, DO YOU HAVE HANGOUTS OR SMTH?

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        • HAHAHA you just voiced literally me whenever I reply to a comment that just arrived omg. xD I KNOW YOU’RE NOT A STALKER. (or are you???)

          ❤ ❤ ❤ I'M GOING TO SPAM YOU LATER, JUST BTW. :))) (WELCOME BACK FROM YOUR HIATUS AS WELL!)

          I knowww this is a foreign feeling because usually I come up with a schedule and follow it 1% so. New me??? (Hahaha I'm hilarious) Honestly that was me the entirety of 2017!! I just don't want to go off on random hiatuses so I'm being more cautious.. (only for like the first two weeks of January, probably).

          Ahahaha oops you've noticed my lack of involvement on Twitter *sheepish smile* I don't have a problem with it though, so we could totally do that? I also have Hangouts though, so up to you. 😀 ❤

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        • LMAO. I AM 100% NOT A STALKER HahHHAhhhAHhhah *not suspicious laugh*

          THANK YOUUUU

          I NEVER FOLLOW A SCHEDULE OMG,, I Was plaNNING TO POST ON WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK BUT THEN I WAS LIKE “whatever” and I DIDN’T AND THAT DESCRIBES ME ABOUT MY WHOLE SCHeDULE

          lmaooo it’s fine that you don’t have a Twitter! YES I HAVE HANGOUtS AND I WOULD LOVE TO CHAT WITH YOU ON THERE, WHAT IS YOUR EMAIL?

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  6. omg you’re bullet journal is so pretty! where did you get the actual book from? did you have to order it? i currently have a small lined notebook as my bullet journal and it just doesn’t look as good with lines.

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    • Aw thank you!! ❤ I got mine from a bookstore called Indigo/Chapters! It's basically the Barnes & Noble of Canada (if you live in the States). So I didn't order mine, but I know you can find dotted journals on Amazon! I was thinking of ordering my next one from there for a better colour selection haha. Good luck! 🙂

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  7. OH GOD FINALLY i can gush about bullet journals to someone! I have no words to express how much I absolutely adore it? I personally use a soft cover dotted gray Moleskine which I absolutely adore! A thing I love when it comes to bullet journaling is that for me, it became something I go to when I feel stressed or under the weather- I just doodle for a bit and- there you go! I’m all cheered up, haha. Thanks for writing this post! (I feel you on writing this to gush, I’ve done the exact same with the bujo posts I’ve published so far oops)

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