Do you keep a book or reading journal?
For this week, I wanted to keep with the usual theme around here: books. If you’re like me, sometimes reading more than one book at a time, it can be a bit tricky to keep your thoughts organized — especially if you plan to write a review on one.
Which now brings me to the subject of book journals. I know Goodreads is meant to be the virtual shelf/book-tracking solution, and it IS great, but there’s nothing that compares to hand-written thoughts and lists and quotes (as long as I can read my own writing later, hehe). Since I started reviewing books, I have developed the habit of tracking what I read in a book journal. It’s a good way for me to stay on track and record my thoughts as I read to come back to later.
I also keep a list of the books I’ve read in the current year, along with the dates I start and finish a book. I add my thoughts interspersed with quotes or descriptions of the plot. I have found it very helpful when reading a new book in a series, because I can look back at my impression of the previous one, even if I haven’t written a formal review of it somewhere online. Plus, it’s just fun to keep track of my reading journey!
So, do you write in one? What do you record? Commentary on the story, reading progress, quotes, analysis of the characters, reading lists, etc?
If you’re looking for a printable template for a reading journal, check out this one by the Modern Mrs. Darcy. I found it online the other day – it looks like a lot of fun! I may have to try it myself, soon.
And, if you track what you read on Goodreads, drop me a note and be my friend!