I’m working up my thoughts about the books I read this past month. I expect to see many gathered together in future posts.
Combining two of my favourite things, reading and notebooks, I’d like to spend a short bit talking about how I keep track of what I want to read and what I’ve read. How I record my thoughts while reading is a post for another day.
Today I keep both a digital and analog record of my reading, a hybrid solution that should not surprise anyone. While I keep a catalog of the books we own at LibraryThing, I record what I’ve read at Goodreads, in my daily notes, and in the monthly review section of my log books. Before Goodreads, I relied much more on on my paper notebooks, I’d carry a small pocket sized notebook around and make a list of any book that sounded interesting. I’ve mostly abandoned that method, finding it easier to just put them directly into the digital list. If the internet isn’t handy, then I add a line to my day’s notes and prefix the book with a ♦, a diamond, so when I scan the page, I can quickly pick out items I want to read.
I wish I’d been more consistent over the years in recording completed books, as I read in The Art of Journaling: Do You Keep A Reading Journal I agree that I wish I had a list of all the books I’ve read since childhood, that would be quite the list!
Do you keep a reading journal or use Goodreads?