Good idea: keep a reading journal.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Reading journal
I've been reading books like crazy ever since I moved within walking distance of a great library last spring. My book consumption has only increased since I got my Kindle Fire HD in May. It's so great that I can finish a book one evening and immediately check out another on my Kindle through the library! I've read a little more than 30 books in the last 16 months. Awesome!

The only problem with that, though, is I'm losing track of all of the books I've read! So I picked up this simple kraft notebook from MUJI and thought it would be a great place to list out the books I've read. I also bought some new pens because, come on, new pens.
Reading journal
I dedicated a page to each book. If I read more than one book in a series I listed them on the same page. I noted the title of the book, the author, and any notes about the story or what was going on in my life when I started reading it (for example, the book I started on my flight to London). It's also a good place to draw little sketches, too, if you're into that sort of thing. 

Here are some of my recent favorites:
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. A sweet story about love, family, and growing up.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Attempting the impossible and making peace with the past.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. I was lured in by the setting in 1960's Cinque Terre and was captivated by the rest of the story.

What about you - read any good books lately? I just finished one so I'm on the hunt for another! Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions.


  1. Oh! I didn't know it's possible to do that with a Kindle... must check and see if my library is set up like yours! GoodReads is a great place to keep track of what you've read too, although a notebook never fails. :) Have you read Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island? I don't think it's his funniest book, but still really good.

    1. Check your library - mine gave me access to the overall Northern California library plus a separate collection for my local library! It's really handy! No, I haven't read that one, I'll check it out. Thanks, Ann!

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