It’s a digital age and as a result I imagine that most people who keep track of the books they collect, read and want, do so using sites like Goodreads and LibraryThing, or create Excel files to handle the info. But in the same way that the eBook hasn’t changed how much we love to turn paper pages to curl up with a real book, I like to keep some of my reading records on paper with a pen.
Hence, my Moleskine Book Journal.
It has alphabetically tabbed pages for you to fill in details of your books, with space for quotes, brief notes, short reviews and ratings. There are also blank tabbed sections, an index for you to fill in as you add your reads and sections, and a set of stickers for ease of reference and decoration. All in all, highly customisable and bookishly quaint.
Besides recording what I’ve read, I use my journal for:
- Keeping track of reading challenges
- Wishlists, so that when I find myself in a book store or library I’m saved from that blank moment of being unable to remember any of the books I want to get.
- Jotting down things to google
If you’re doing research, it would also be handy for keeping track of sources. If you aren’t already feeling that bibliophilic itch, here are some pictures of mine:
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