Mini-Challenge: Make your own Book Map! Travel the World in Books Readathon (Part 2)

Travel the World in Books is reincarnated as a Readathon! This readathon is within a bigger reading challenge, hosted by the lovely ladies at Mom's Small Victories, I'm Lost in Books, and Savvy Working Girl.

Ready to join in and expand your reading and cultural horizons?
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Take the challenge. Make your own Book Map! (PART 2)
  • Read Part 1 HERE. This contains: Plan, Create Your Map & Start Mapping Your Reads.
  • My book map is HERE

In Part 2 of this tutorial, I'll show you how to Tweak your Book Map and Embed your Book Map on your Blog.

Step 4: Tweak your Book Map

You can customize the symbols and colours for your markers by hovering over the right side of your item. A little bucket icon will appear. Click and you'll get a palette.

You can choose the colour and icon style here. For example, I chose the basic marker in RED for my fiction reads and in GREEN for my non-fiction reads.

Depending on the complexity of your categories, you can assign different markers or colours. Be creative! Find what works for you!

Step 5: Embed your book map on your blog

Note: Heather from The Spirit Blog has pointed out another way of embedding your book map. I think it may be easier, so try this first. Thanks Heather!

Click the Folder icon.

You'll get these options, including "Embed on my site". Click.

Embed code will pop up. You may need to tweak the numbers so that you can make your map the exact size of your post or page. Copy-paste the code into the html of your blog.


Alternate way of embedding:

Log out of Google Maps. Then log back in.

Click "My Maps" then select your map until you get a screen like this:

Now click the little gear icon on the bottom right of the page.

Click "Share and embed map."

This pop-up will appear. You can use "Share link" if you just want to link to your book map from your blog. But if you want to embed your new map within a post or page on your blog, click "Embed map."

This will pop up. You can copy-paste the code into the html of your blog. 

Remember that you can customize the size of your map to fit your blog exactly! There are some pre-sets but I suggest that if you know the width of your blog posts, you can easily enter it under the "Custom size" option.

STEP 6: Gloat about your awesome book map

Congratulations! Once saved, you can step back and start navigating your own book map!

Here's my Book Map.

And a few tips to navigate your finished book map:

You can click on the little bulleted icon on the left to get your entire book listing.

Can't see the entire world? Click on the icon on the right to open up your book map in full screen.

I hope you enjoyed these tutorials. Let me know how it goes for you! I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with!

If you need more detail, you can check out these links:


  1. This is fantastic. Both your tutorials are so clear and well done. I know I am going to try this, perhaps making separate maps for my Fictional 100 blog and for my new blog, Northern Lights Reading Project, which is the one geared up for the #TraveltheworldinbooksRAT. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge!

    1. I can't wait to see what you come up with! Good luck and have fun!

  2. Help! It isn't working for me. How did you get past the point where it says that the map is built by you? When I copy the embed code onto my blog it gives a blank map.

  3. I figured it out. I found a different embed code that worked. I didn't use the gear but used the folder icon under the name of my map.

    1. Ha! How strange. If you get a screen cap, email me (readerrabbit22 at so I can include it in the instructions -- others may get the same issue. Glad you figured it out, Heather.

    2. I had the same issue- but I did it the way Heather said she did and it works. You only have to edit the html code a bit to make it the right size for your blog post.

    3. Heather, I've included the instructions for using the folder icon above. Thanks for pointing out there was an issue, and for sharing a easier way!


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