Should You Keep a Book Journal?

I’ve kept a book journal for the past few years and I really recommend it to all readers out there! During high school I was having a hard time keeping track of what I had already read, the plotlines blending into one large and complicated story in my head. Writing in a book journal not only helped me keep track of what I had read, it also allowed me to reflect on those stories and see how my reading choices changed over time.

Every book journal is different, and they should be because we’re all different, but here is what I find works for me. I jot down the book title, author and a quick bio of the storyline. I also give the book a rating from 1 to 5 based on how much I enjoyed it and whether I would want to read it again. Even though I’ve enjoyed many books, that doesn’t necessarily mean I  want to re-read them all, especially when there are so many other great choices out there! Although I rate these books myself, I don’t publicly post a rating on my book reviews because they are so subjective and I want each reader to decide on a rating for himself or herself.

Do any of you keep a book journal? I would love to hear what works for you!

25 thoughts on “Should You Keep a Book Journal?

  1. I used to keep one in elementary and high school when I was in school book clubs. Now I keep one to jot down notes for reviews I’m planning to write. This post gave me nostalgia so I’m thinking about buying a nice journal and writing an entry for every book I finish, regardless of whether I plan to write an official review or not.


  2. Before I had Internet access, and when my word processor was still functioning, I kept a list of all the books I read. And perhaps not surprisingly, I read more books while I was working at the public library than any other time in my life. It’s ironic–since I’ve had Internet access I read as much as I ever have. But I’ve read almost no books, cover-to-cover, since I’ve had Internet access. I like the Internet–but I’d really rather be returned to the 1980’s, or earlier. This Digital Age just isn’t worth it–Digital-Age technology does so much more harm than good.


  3. I had been thinking of doing this, but like some of the above replys I find I just jot down my thoughts for a blog post. I do love journals though. Something about actively writing always makes me feel better. Maybe I will keep one anyway.


  4. This is a good question. I have journaled all my life, but I never thought about keeping a book journal until this past spring after someone brought it up. So I started making notes about passages I like and any thoughts or observations I have while reading. Most I do not use for posts, but I enjoy going back to see my thoughts and reactions.


  5. A few years ago I realised I was re-reading a book by Robert Crais that I thought was new…at that point, I started a spreadsheet list of all books I had read which I endeavoured to back-date…makes life so much easier if you read a lot like we do! 😀


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