What is a bullet journal?
A literal definition of a bullet journal is a journal that uses dots rather than lines. The dots are used as a guide to create charts, and shapes.
A figurative definition of a bullet journal is a journal that you customize to your own liking. Bullet journals are for the planners that hate traditional planners because truth is, everyone has different priorities, things to do, and different day-to-day routines. Bullet journals are for fast-logging, organizing your ideas, to-do lists, and planning. So yes, a bullet journal is a diary, a planner, and a to-do list all in one.
Although the idea of bullet journaling sounds appealing, it isn’t for everyone. Bullet journals are time consuming since you have to create your own spreads, use different colors to your likening, and write all of your goals, motivations, and to-do’s all in one list. Not only is bullet journaling time consuming, they are also an investment. Bullet journals range anywhere from $5-50, and besides that, you have to invest on good pens, pencils, rulers, and markers. But at the end of the day, the work is rewarding. Everything is organized in a few pages, and you feel one step ahead. Plus, the whole process of journaling is relaxing for those who love arts and crafts. You have the option to use colors, stickers, and Washi tape.
Since bullet journals force you to create your own spreads, readers use books as inspirations to plan their day, write their ideas, and plan their next reads. Here are some of my essentials spreads, monthly themes, daily themes, and reading trackers, all book themed!
TBR (to be read) Spreads
TBR spreads are essential for every reader. They allow you to jot down all the books that need to read for when you are looking for your next read.
I like this spread because it portrays the bookshelf that you may or may not have. This a great example for those who love to see their book visually rather than a list. The use of highlighter colors bring out the books, and appeal to they eye. This spread allows you to have up to 50 books, in one page, and drawn literally.
This spread is also simplistic and easy to draw. All you have to draw are rectangles and squares, use highlighters to draw around the boarders of the books, and use a pen to write in small print the books that need to be read.
This spread is a good way to introduce the month as it has your TBR books for the month, along with a calendar and a separate box for favorite books.
I love this spread because it has a TBR list, a calendar, and colors to make it stand out.
This a good monthly book spreads for bloggers. This spread allows you to list the books you want to read for the month, and opposed to rating it for stars, you could highlight the emoji that summarizes your relation to the book. Or if you want, you substitute the smiley faces to stars.
This spread is also a good idea for readers who want to get back into reading, and it allows you have a to be read list, a read list, and a rating system all in one page.
My favorite part about this spread is the detail on the pages. You could see the zig-zag and the pencil used to show the age of a book.
This is a simplistic TBR spread for hardcore readers who have huge libraries, and huge lists of books to read. This is something that I could take advantage of since I’m always reading different books and short stories for the blog.
This is a great, and a beautiful spread for those who want to draw a reading nook. This is a page for those who are artsy and love to take their time on spreads.
As an English major and a writer, my drawling skills are limited, but this is just a pretty picture to look at.
Monthly Theme Spreads
Most bullet journals, depending on those who like them or not, have a page or two dedicated to presenting the months by a quote or an image. For example, someone’s December intro page would be a picture of a Christmas tree or a snow man.
This page looks like a lot of work, but then again, bullet journaling are meant to relax you by using colors and drawing objects. This idea is great because it shows the many different types of books, and the classic looks of books from the 19th century.
Now I love this image. Although this may be really hard, it gives the idea of using Belle as a literary theme for your bullet journal. Belle has been a beloved literary character by Disney, and represents the model of reader who reads simply to escape into another world better than their own.
This spread is another great theme of comic books! Comic books and bullet journals share the idea that they are straight forward, and fastly paced.
This a great idea for those who love comics and have the freedom to use bold colors, markers, and icons.
List of Books Read Spreads
Below are my compilation of bullet journal read books spreads, used as a reference page for readers, book critics, and bloggers to keep track of the books that they loved or hated.
This is a great spread for hardcore readers and bloggers. This easily organizes the books you read, the dates read, and your ratings. The use of glitter on the top is just an example of how you can make your pages stand out. Plus, they make me feel good so I love glitter on my bullet journals.
This is a great example of keeping track of the books you read. I love the way that this page looks, but it also stresses me out because it looks so complicated to create. This is definitely a spread for those who are talented at creating 3D art.
Another great artsy, challenging spread idea. I love this spread because it scatters the books all over the floor, almost making it look like 3D art. It also uses details of the spider webs, to evoke the passage of time.
This spread is not also a spread to bring out your nostalgia, but it can also be used as a list to note the books that you have already read.
This another example of simplistic read list. What I appreciate about this spread is that it allows space for a key/legend to remind you of your rating system, and uses lines to organize the columns for each book.
Bullet journals often have pages that dedicate an entire page with uplifting quotes from celebrities, philosophers, and authors. Here are some of my favorite artistic quote spreads for artsy fans.
I love this spread because it gives you the idea of using a favorite quote from your favorite book, and create something unique. Using the cover for inspiration, you can use the colors, and symbols as part Of the design.
I love this design as a designated bullet journal spread for a TBR list and a quotes page.
Reading trackers are for those who want to keep track of days that they’ve read. They are perfect for those who are trying to create a routine out of reading.
Besides the drawing of a girl carrying the book, this reading tracker is great because it’s a whole year view of your reading habits. This tracker allows you to track all 365 days, and the pages that you read using a color key to show how much reading you have done.
This is great idea for readers to keep track of the series that they are reading. As someone who starts multiple book series, and almost never finishes them, I need this bullet journal spread to keep track of my reads.
Now I love this bullet journal spread because of Winnie the Pooh. I love that character.
Okay now for serious talk, this bullet journal spread is perfect for keeping track the minutes and hours that you read, alongside with a rating system for your books.
This is an a weekly spread, using an opened book as the inspiration. This image is so pretty for the use of colors. Not only could this be used as a weekly spread, this could be used as a reading tracker for the books or short stories read. This spread could also be used as a tracker for books to be read, or book releases, or books to review.
This bullet journal spread is great for a more detailed list of the books read. You could keep track of the books that you read along with a list of your impressions of the book.
Now I love this spread. It has a great use of colors and organization, with each color meaning the books you read, along with a sleek and clean rating system. The chart on the second chart is also a good idea for those who want to keep track of the pages read for the month.
In conclusion, these are just ideas. You could use these spreads as inspirations and you could tweak it to your liking. Not only that, these page spreads are versatile. You could use it on your journals, notebooks, the back of books, a whiteboard, where ever you want!
If you have some spreads of your own, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and submit your submissions to be featured on this blog post.
Do you bullet journal? Comment below your response! 🙂