Keeping a book journal

Today I came across this article from the Wall Street Journal about keeping a book journal.

Love it!

I’ve been keeping a book journal, using this one I got at Barnes and Noble, since I went off to college in 2006. It’s a great way to keep track of everything I have read, and as the author in the WSJ article says, it’s a great way to go back and see what books from years past stand out the most to you.

In mine, I have lists of books I want to read, a recording of what I have read year-to-year (though originally from May to May to reflect the school year) and a recording of pages of passages I loved from many of the books.

I also use it to keep track of how many books I’ve read each year. While I have an ultimate goal of reading 50, time and time again I haven’t gotten close. The most books I’ve read in a year were 36. But it’s a goal I will keep striving for — and my book journal definitely reflects that!

However, in my current journal I don’t really keep notes about the books — such as whether I’ve liked them or how they impacted me. That’s something the author of the WSJ article writes about, and now it’s is something I am definitely going to consider doing.


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