I do several things with my reading journal. The main and most obvious thing I use my reading journal for is to keep track of the books I read. My entries about each book I finish always include the following three things:
- Basic information about the book. This is basically stuff like title, authors, genre, series (if it’s part of one), format I read it in, length, etc.
- When I started and finished the book. This is pretty self explanatory. I like keeping track of how long it takes me to complete a book, despite the fact it can often me an embarrassingly long time.
- Some thoughts on the book. This usually comes in the form of a rating out of 5 (which I also post on Goodreads). I also sometimes include a notes section where I include tidbits of information about the book (like if it’s set in the same universe as another book without being a direct sequel or prequel) as well as some general thoughts about the book. I might do a full review as well, but I find it’s pretty rare these days.
Do you keep a reading journal? What sorts of things do you include?