Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Reading and Journalling

I've gone back to an old habit: I am once again keeping a book journal. I have read 88 books this year - according to my carefully kept list. I've kept a list of all the books I've read since 2008. However, as I peruse those lists, I can't always remember all the books. I am like a greedy child who gobbles their sweets, and then sits around looking at everyone else, still enjoying theirs. I read too fast to remember!

Those of you who give me a hard time for not posting photos of things - I only have my Mac to take photos with, and you will see how lousy these photos look. Above is the journal I'm using. It doesn't have lined pages, but there are at least 300 blank pages in here! And the paper is like butter....

I put the name of the book & author at the top, then have a spot for "date began" "date finished" "rating" (I use a 5 star method). I try and jot enough of the plot to remember the book, and whatever character names I remember. Which is a sadly short list. I don't know why. As soon as I'm done, I seem to block that out. I guess I am not only a greedy reader, but a lazy one! And then of course, mah feels about the book. I have more feels about some books than others.

It's an interesting exercise. We'll see how long I keep it up this time!


  1. I used to do that. ^_^ It brings back good memories. I still journal about what I read, but not like I used to. What I did was never as detailed as what you do! That's pretty awesome.

  2. :) I've started and stopped them throughout my life... I really wish I'd kept at it like I've kept at keeping a real journal. Ce la vie... :) thank you for stopping by!

  3. Oh, wow, this is such a great idea! I think I'm going to start doing this.
    I've previously been using Goodreads to keep track of the books I've read, but this feels far more intimate and, quite simply, lovely.

    Thanks for the great idea. And I hope it works out well for you. :)

  4. whoo hoo! :) Let me know how you do! I also use goodreads, but actually writing down the plot somehow etches it into my brain better, so I actually remember the book. I was always that way: I learn best when physically writing stuff down or hearing it out loud rather than just reading it.