Touring my TBR Spreadsheet and Shelves – Reading Journals

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Touring my TBR Spreadsheet and Shelves

Today I’m talking about something that is not on my bookshelves. A book or reading journal.

Are you a book journaler? I’m not. Actually I’m not a successful book journaler. The whole reason this blog even exists is because I liked it better than keeping a written book journal at the time I started it.

I looked at what seemed like a gazillion different pre-printed or formatted reading journals and didn't find anything I liked. I wanted to record what I read and my thoughts and digitally worked best for me. This blog started as my reading journal and has become much more.

As time goes on however, I find myself itching to put thoughts on paper in addition to all my digital records. In some ways it's just as notes and in others it's for formulating content for my reviews as I read.

I think my desire to get back to handwritten notes as I read is a result of the fact that I rarely read one book at a time now. I used to be strictly a monogamous reader. I'd read one book at a time and when it was finished move along to the next.
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Now I typically have anywhere from two to five books I’m in the middle of. There’s always at least one print and one audio book but lately I've also got a couple of chunksters or graphic novels that I’m reading sections of here and there. I want to be able to make notes as I go and sticking to purely digital formats like Google docs or phone apps just doesn't have that elegant feeling of putting pen to paper. Lately I've started keeping notes in a small spiral bound notebook and I like it. I’m going to go with this format for now but if I develop a habit for this I might look for some other style of blank book or notebook.

Do you take notes while you read? What format works well for you? Do you use a notebook or journal? Do you use post-its?

If you do keep a reading journal or notes what do you include?

5 comments:

Jenn's Bookshelves 3/26/2013 9:27 AM  

I do! I started when I was a teen, mainly to keep track of all the books I've read. That said, now I only journal about the books that had a lasting effect on me. My favorite journal is the Evernote book journal.

SuziQoregon 3/26/2013 9:35 AM  

Jenn - Oh I've looked at that Evernote journal - looks cool but I haven't been able to fully embrace Evernote due to work computer blockages.

Charlie 3/27/2013 4:18 AM  

I love the idea of it, but whenever I look at examples or even just plain notebooks I consider the space available per book compared with how much can I end up writing, and just sticking with the blog is best. I definitely miss the personal nature of it, though. I know blogs can be personal but with a private journal you can write exactly what you want, be ranty if you want, etc.

I do take notes as I read, and depending on how many I've made I sometimes keep the files (I don't if there were only a couple and I discussed them fully in my review).

Les 4/08/2013 5:36 AM  

I keep a journal with the following info:

Title
Author
Genre
Publisher and publication year
Date Started
Date Finished
Reader (if audio)
Rating
# for the year

As I read, I jot down notes that I might like to use for my review. I now have 13 journals, the first going back to 1995. I've used everything from reading journals to spiral bound notebooks with blank pages.

SuziQoregon 4/24/2013 9:15 PM  

Charlie: that's how I've felt whenever I looked at fancy book journals. It's a lot of the reason I started blogging in the first place but I'm finding that perhaps I need a designated notebook for my notes I make as I read.

Les: I keep a lot of that statistical info in a spreadsheet but that's just not something I can put on a shelf like your journal history.

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