Reading Journals

Every year I say to myself: keep track of everything you read. Write down every title and author. Each year around March I realize I forgot to do it. Last year, I finally started—in June. It has been an exciting and interesting way to track what I’m reading and how much I read. The journal has shown me that I average a book a week.

There are a variety of ways to track your reading. Some people use book-focused social networks, like Shelfari, GoodReads, or LibraryThing. Others have spreadsheets. I use an “old-fashioned” method consisting of a small notebook. I don’t organize mine by author or series, but instead in simple chronological order. As soon as I finish a book, I write it down.

One year in, I’m really enjoying this process and plan to keep going. Do you keep a reading journal? How do you do it?




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I began doing this after

I began doing this after reading "A Walk In the Woods" by Bill Bryson, because I just HAD to record so much of his phraseology! Keeping a read journal also helps me remember if I care to re-read a title or answer "Where did I see this?" or "How do I know this?" by adding a very brief review and rating.

It is so useful to remember

It is so useful to remember if you've read something. I was recently given a book as a gift, and I had the feeling I'd read that title before...a quick flip through my reading journal and I could pinpoint exactly what month I'd read it!

And then there is the "reading amnesia," often described as having forgotten things you've read. That is worthy of its own blog post, but I suffer from it and the reading journals have helped me with it. Thanks for commenting!

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