I have always been a mess when it came to keeping up with the different books I have been reading. I would write them down then forget where I put the list. I would also take photos of the books on my bookstagram then realize that I can't remember what I thought of the book. A reading journal is a book that keeps the books you have read in a journal with your ratings of the book, the title, genre, authors, summary, and more. I can't believe that I have waited so long to write a post on how to keep up with your reading with a reading journal. But girlfriend, you need a reading journal. Like. Now.
A reading journal was so hard to come by. I literally searched on Etsy and Amazon and realized that I can't find a physical reading journal until I found this one. I kept coming across the internet but only found printables, very expensive physical books and internet based reading journals which is not how I wanted to keep up with my books that I read in the past. What lead me to finding a reading journal was because people kept asking me what books would I recommend and what I really thought of a specific book -- and I kept forgetting titles and authors. So, finding this journal was heaven sent! Reading journals can be seen as a great addition to you avid readers because it keeps you organized and have a chance to have your favorite books or recommended books in one place.
As you can see, I haven't done by best with keeping up with the books that I have read as far as in depth summaries go but I have kept this book as my reminder of books that I have read and the stars that I give them. I have to admit I didn't go into detail about every book and some of the reviews are strictly black and white. But, overall I can come back to my reading journal and know whether I would recommend a book or not. If anything, I always put the stars, genres, authors, etc. I have loved using this journal but want to spend this year using it to the best of my abilities because I want my bookshelf to be full of books that I enjoy. I can also keep up with my emotions that I felt about a book in the future so that I am aware of what books I tend to not like so much.
I think it's important to see the trend of books that I enjoy and the genres that I know I connect to. I am more into 'mood' reading (reading books that I want to read not necessarily going towards the 'new' book) now and thanks to this journal I have noticed what books I tend to find more interesting -- which is why I recommend a reading journal for you. It can bring some insight on what type of reader you are and lessons you took away from a book! You can find this specific journal at Amazon. But, I would let you know in on a secret....you can create your own journal which I will probably do in the future.
QOTD: Would you use a reading journal? And if you wouldn't how would you keep you with your list of books that you have read?
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