Comparing Reading Trackers

Have you ever made it halfway through a book, only to realize you already read it? Do you want to keep a list of books you’d like to read in the future? We've evaluated three different websites you can use to track what you have read or would like to read. These websites offer similar ways of cataloging your own selection of books, but each one has its own unique features as well. Consider or try each option and find out what works best for you. 

Canton Public Library Catalog

The Canton Public Library catalog offers some cool features you won’t find on other websites. 

Using the Canton Public Library catalog as a reading tracker has many pros, including: 

  • Ability to check the availability of materials at CPL and place holds directly on items you’re interested in
  • Track not just books, but movies, video games, and more
  • With Borrowing History, you can automatically track items you check out 
  • Group items by your favorite format, whether it's physical or digital 
  • Your collections and “For Later” shelves remain private, allowing you to only share what you'd like 
  • Your reviews contribute to the online catalog, providing other library patrons with inspiration for their next read, watch, listen, or play
  • Keep up-to-date on your favorite topics with shared searches. For example, if you’re interested in all things yoga-related, search for “yoga” and in the top right corner, select "save search." These searches will appear in your Library Dashboard. 
  • Place the latest on-order materials and arrivals on hold

The StoryGraph

The StoryGraph is relatively new to the book-tracking scene and aims to help you find books that fit your mood. It catalogs the mood, pace, and feeling of a book so you can filter down your to-read list by what you’re most in the mood for at the time. 

Pros of The StoryGraph as a reading tracker:

  • Uses a unique mood-based cataloging system that helps you find books to suit your mood
  • Allows you to track items not owned by the library
  • Gives you statistics about your reading style, moods you enjoy reading, and the tempo of books you enjoy

Cons of The StoryGraph: 

  • Does not allow you to track non-book materials, such as video games, movies, and more
  • Does not offer privacy settings
  • Does not connect to what your library has to offer, so you have to take an extra step to check out materials

Goodreads

Goodreads, one of the most popular reading trackers, excels in its social aspect. It’s similar to Facebook, but for book-lovers.

Pros of Goodreads as a reading tracker: 

  • Large user base that integrates with Facebook so you can find your friends quickly 
  • Easily find new things to read based on what your friends are reading or are interested in reading
  • Allows you to track items not owned by the library 

Cons of Goodreads:

  • Does not allow you to track non-book materials, such as video games, movies, and more
  • Does not offer privacy settings
  • Does not connect to what your library has to offer, so you have to take an extra step to check out materials
  • The design is clunky, and does not work well on mobile
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