Take a peak inside one of my journals: three things I always include in my reading journal that are book specific

Take a peak inside my reading journal part one

Take a peak inside my reading journal part one

Ah, books. Reading was one of my favorite pastimes as a kid. Though if I’m being honest, I don’t read as much as I once did. There are a bunch of reasons for this ranging from “I’ve been too busy adulating” to “I’m experiencing one of my hardcore, epic reading slumps.” It makes me sad that I don’t read as much as I used to. But none of that is really the point of this post. The point of this point is to tell you about my reading journal (the bit about not reading as much is mostly to provide insight as to why I’ve been working on the same notebook since January 2017 and haven’t made it very far). Perhaps you, too, enjoy reading and want to keep a journal about your reading but don’t know where to start. Obviously, different people approach journal writing in different ways and what I do may not work for you. However, I hope that this post gives you some ideas.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

About the author

SE is a 30-something blogger based in Pennsylvania. Her very first loves were reading and writing. NerdyWordy is her way of sharing her enthusiasm with others.

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