As a book lover and blogger, I have become a fan of keeping a book journal – mainly to record my reading and the number of books I have purchased over the year.
You might think that this is just an ordinary act, but if you are a bit of a perfectionist like I can be, it takes a bit of planning and thinking about. I started off writing down details and information in an ordinary notebook but it didn’t work and ended up abandoning it for something better.
Luckily enough I’d purchased a new notebook online, and I wasn’t planning on using it as a book journal, but it has worked brilliantly.
So what do I use:
~ Sigel Conceptum Notebook (purple and lined)
~ Pilot V5 Hi-Techpoint 0.5 multicoloured pens.
~ Stabilo fine tip pens (for a wider variety of colours)
When it comes to logging down information, I like keeping things simple.
The first few pages are dedicated to challenges and series I want to finish:
~ the books and authors
~ rating out of 5
~ dates read
~ favourite book
~ least favourite book
~ number of DNFs
~ number of books read
~ average rating.
At the end of every four months I will have a page that looks something like this:
(and though not in the photo, I have recently added the months above the books so I know precisely when I bought them)
What I love about logging these details into this notebook in particular is that it has a contents page and page numbers. You could create one in a plain notebook but already having it means that it doesn’t take as long to personalise and format it to one’s liking. Also the notebook itself is sturdy, there are pretty ribbon markers (white and purple), a handy pen loop, and the page gsm is thick enough that ink doesn’t leak through!
There’s also something about using an actual journal that feels more gratifying. Watching the pages grow with information. Personalising and decorating it in any way you wish. Flicking the pages back and forth, and admiring your own creativity.
So far, I feel as if I have the bare bones of my book journal and I can’t wait to continue filling it up with the many books that I read over the next few months.
Does anyone else use a book journal?
What details do you log?
Is it something you have always done or is it a relatively new venture?
Thanks for reading and have a good day!