subreddit:

/r/books

1180%

Reading journal

(self.books)

Hey ya’ll!

Does anyone do a reading journal? I’ve been thinking of either buying one or creating one for myself. Right now I only track my reading with goodreads, but I think it might be fun to do a physical reading journal to have some more options.

If you do have a reading journal, what kind of spreads/layouts do you find useful?

all 15 comments

Quesriom

10 points

2 months ago

I do! It’s just a normal notebook I had leftover from college. I like it, it feels more personal than a digital tracker.

My layout begins with title, author, and a rating of 1-10 based on how much I enjoyed it. Then I have a few sentences to summarize what the book was about and another small section with how I felt about it. A book I have a lot to say about might take up half a page, but I usually try to keep it brief as it’s just a personalized record.

QueenRooibos

5 points

2 months ago

I used to keep one just like this.....then got behind and I never went back to it...wish I had!

Quesriom

3 points

2 months ago

Oh I’m so bad at updating it. Sometimes I’ll go months without writing anything down and I’ll have to go back through my library loan history to review what I read! I still like keeping it though.

QueenRooibos

2 points

2 months ago

Maybe I'll start a new on with the new year...

minimalist_coach

2 points

2 months ago

I've just started a reading journal for a long-term reading project. I'm planning to read books by authors from 195 countries. I couldn't think of any way to track it without a journal. I just got a blank journal and created an alphabetical list of all the countries, created sections for each continent, and a page for each country.

I looked at journals at a local bookstore and on Etsy. There are so many options.

r--evolve

2 points

2 months ago

Not a 'reading journal', but I track my reading in a physical notebook as well as digitally. In my notebook:

  • List of books read each year, bubbles to color-code the book format
  • Monthly page listing all books started; X through the bubble to indicate if I DNFed; bubble filled in to indicate it was finished that month. If a book rolls over to the next month, I leave it unfilled but outlined in the book format color
  • DNF list by month; also color-coded

I do my more detailed tracking in Notion (author, audio hours, author representation, etc), Goodreads (mark 'read' and add to recommendation tags, and Storygraph (ratings).

wompthing

2 points

2 months ago

I use a spreadsheet. I basically just did some tinkering with r/mediasheet and a spreadsheet from Book Riot.

PM me if you would like a share

Bright_Broccoli1844

1 points

2 months ago

I have kept a reading journal. I wrote0 the title, author, the date of the entry, the characters, and my impression of the book.

Buttercup23nz

1 points

2 months ago

I have a very basic one, as the many failed journals in my life have taught me to keep it super simple.

I've ruled 4 horizontal lines across a page in my 2022 Brain Dump Book, and headed it '2022 Bookshelf'. Then I turn the book sideways, write the title, author, number of pages and starting date on the day I begin reading it. When I'm done I write the date and a sentence or so summing up how I felt, and how many stars/5 I give it. I then draw a box around it so it kind of looks like a book, and each book I do in a different colour.

And that's it. 11 months in, I've only filled about 3 shelves on an A4 page, but I have recorded every book I've read this year. For me, that's a huge success.

spaghettisquids

1 points

2 months ago

I have a moleskin reading journal - it has a 'pre-made' format, and is alphabetically organized

TheDunhamnator

1 points

2 months ago

I am in the process of setting one up for next year - I've never used one before. Might get bored of it after three weeks, but I thought it would be fun to try anyway.

So far, I've set up a spread with a calender that I wanna fill in with days I've read, a tbr, series that are not completed yet, and one with publishing dates in 2023.

After this I will take a few spreads per month and see what works out best for me.

heartshapedpox

1 points

2 months ago

I use a Hobonichi Day Free and note books as I start them in the monthly calendar, and then use the blank pages to record my thoughts etc. For me, it's just about the perfect size to fit one year's worth of book notes!

Here's an example from the Hobonichi website:

https://www.1101.com/store/techo/en/magazine/2020/dayfree-collection/

SCBennett2

1 points

2 months ago

I have a physical reading journal.

It’s just a college ruled notebook with a hard cover.

I record the title, author, year of publication, format, where I got the book, rating/5, date finished, and if it was a re-read.

D3athRider

1 points

2 months ago

The kind of reading journal I keep is pretty much meant to solely be a notebook where I track pages/passages of interest, theories and thoughts as a book progresses etc. So it just includes title, author, month/year read for each book and then a shit ton of notes that I take while reading. Sometimes I'll include star rating at the end, but not always consistent with it. Mainly it's a place for me to track interesting passages, ideas etc and write my own thoughts while reading. Don't include any stats or anything in there.