Reading Journal

Like most authors, I read a lot.  When I finish one book, or magazine, or whatever, I move on to the next, sometimes immediately.   There have always been books, magazines, and newspapers in my life.  As a child I remember being shocked by the choices on a survey question at the end of a standardized test.  The question read, “How many books are in your home?” so I started to estimate books in my head.  I stopped in surprise when I saw the choices: 0-10, 10-25, 25-50, over 50.  I had more than 50 books in my bedroom at home, let alone in the whole house!!  The thing I remember most about that moment was my shock (and pity) that anyone could have less than 10 books in their home.

With all of that reading, I find moments where I remember a plot, or a character name, or I want to recommend something, and I can not remember the title or the author.  The final straw was when I started reading a book that I thought was new, only to realize that I had read it before.  That was when I came up with the idea for my reading journal.

My reading journal is a beautiful bound journal with lined paper.  It was a gift from my husband, along with its own fancy pen.  When I finish reading a book or magazine (but only something that I have read completely, another one of those rules) I write it down.  This lets me keep track of what I’ve read, count how much I’ve read, and reference it later.  I just record title and author, or month/year for magazines, since typically it only takes seeing the title to remember the book. 

The best thing about it?  I can total what I’ve read.  It turns out that I average one item per week, more if I read shorter things and a little less when I’m writing a lot. 

If you’re curious about what I read, you’ll just have to be patient.  I’m planning to address that tomorrow.