Enhance Your Reading Life - Reading Journal
First off..... this is my first true reading journal. I've been brainstorming since November about what would work for me best. A couple things needed to happen
1. It couldn’t be too labor intensive.
I needed time to make these pages.
right from the beginning.
2. It had to stand the test of time. I've
tried daily trackers. I won't stick to it.
I need a journal I can come back to
and catch up when the time feels right.
3. I wanted to be excited about it. I did
some google searches and watched
some YouTube videos. Theres tons
of content and ideas out there.
LETS GET INTO IT
TO BE READ
I am not a dedicated TBR reader. I made one this year mainly to keep track of books that have been catching my eye for quite a while now. I don't feel the need to read all of these by the end of the year, but it is a nice reference when I need some help picking my next book. I still have a long list on goodreads that will serve as an easy go to when I come across a novel I may be interested in.
YEARLY BOOK COUNT
I will track my Goodreads challenge here. I’ve decided to dedicate each month a certain color. Throughout the journal you will see blue, representing January, shading in varies activities, trackers, and challenges.
PAGE COUNT PER MONTH/FIVE STAR READS
READ YOUR SHELVES
I listed each book sitting on my physical shelf at home. As I read I will shade in the spine of each book with the coordinating color of the month. I left myself some room to add as I purchase books this year.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
I have been a Book of the Month user for about 2 years now. I would love to get through some of my backlog as well as be more attentive to reading my new picks in a timely manner.
I absolutely love this page. I have tried monthly reading challenges in the past and found they became a chore. I created a bingo board for myself that has some challenges as well as incorporates some of my already established reading habits.
I am an avid library user. This is more of a record keeping strategy for me than something I’m hoping to gain any statistics from. I just want to see how well I am using my library as well as how many of my impulsive pick-ups I am reading.
I will also include quarterly statistics that I plan on sharing! The remainder of the journal will be a space for me to write about each book I've read, ratings, and any thoughts I'd like to jot down.
The best part of creating your own reading journal is there are no rules. It can be whatever you want it to be, and can evolve to fit your needs throughout the year. Happy reading!