Book Journal


I may have stopped blogging regularly over the years but one thing I started to do was keep a book journal. I don’t always have the best memory and I found it was a good way to keep track of what happened in the books I read and my reaction to said book. I keep a spreadsheet in google docs for grades and stuff, but my book journal is where I keep the nitty gritty details. I don’t worry about what I’m writing, I just jot it down.

I know you can keep private notes on Goodreads but I never got into the habit of doing that. I like paper and pen and I have a bit of a notebook collection so this just made sense for me.

How do you keep track of the books you read?

p.s. May the Fourth be with you. LOL


About Bookish Ames

I'm just a girl, living in her bookish world. With two awesome sidekicks, Maximus and She-Ra.
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21 Responses to Book Journal

  1. nath says:

    I do it via Goodreads private notes. I find typing it a lot faster than writing it down… However, your way is good since it makes you use your journals… and I know you have many! 🙂 Speaking of journals, did you see the new ones at Chapters?! The new collection is just so pretty!!


    • Bookish Ames says:

      I did see those! I like them. I bought the tote with purple feathers on it. LOL

      I only use GR to track my books, I honestly think I’ve only used the private notes to mark down the dates of re-reads for my favorite books.


  2. Rowena says:

    I keep track of what I’m reading and jot down notes on the books when I remember on Goodreads. I also have a spreadsheet that I update daily and I keep track of everything on my personal blog. Once I start using my pretty planner that I got, I’m going to use that as a way to keep track of the books I read too. Haha, I need to cut it out.

    I like your book journal though. I love journals period but yours is great!


    • Bookish Ames says:

      I want to see your planner! I have a mental block when it comes to using technology to jot down my book thoughts. So I don’t even use my spreadsheet to write stuff down. Weird.


  3. SuperWendy says:

    I used to keep a spreadsheet – but now I use GoodReads. I keep my notes public – and mostly pithy. Just a paragraph or two on what I liked, what I didn’t etc. It’s also a handy way to keep track of my DNFs – since I’ve created a DNF Shelf (I don’t star-rate those books though since I didn’t finish them for whatever reason….) and I’ve also created a KristieJ Recommends shelf because – well, I had to. My memory can’t retain all the books KristieJ says I need to read 🙂

    I never kept a journal. Not even back in the Dark Ages before personal computers really became “a thing.”


    • Bookish Ames says:

      My book journal is a recent thing for me.

      Thinking it through, I think my reasoning behind not typing up stuff, even to Goodreads, was that I could easily copy what I’ve typed into a blog post. And that just led to a mental block. Because if I could do that, why didn’t I just blog? Does that make sense?


  4. bookdaze says:

    Pretty! I use Google Docs – I find it easier than Goodreads, which appears to be the preferred option here…



    • Bookish Ames says:

      I love google docs! My book spreadsheet has a few tabs because I keep track of what I buy (even freebies), my tbr pile, e-tbr pile and my wishlist. And its on my phone too.

      I honestly don’t like the apps for GR on my phone or tablet. I prefer the full website so I rarely use the apps.


  5. Kailana says:

    Did you get a new Instagram account? I swear I used to follow you, but it just gave me the option to follow you again… I noticed you were doing the #RockYourHandwriting challenge while visiting. 🙂


    • Bookish Ames says:

      Yeah I started a new one up to focus on my bujo stuff and book stuff. But I barely use it. Another thing to get back to. I liked the challenges but didn’t give myself enough time to do them everyday and then I fell behind. 😦


  6. Christine says:

    I keep track of the books I read on goodreads.. and a very very simple list in Evernote. I don’t usually take notes when I read books. Should I?? If reading an ebook, I sometimes leave a note in iBooks. Usually marking grammar errors or comments like wtf?


    • Bookish Ames says:

      I never even thought to use Evernote! That’s an app I don’t use enough.


    • nath says:

      Hey Christine 🙂 I never take notes while reading a book. It’s always after that I type down my thoughts. I figured if I really liked or disliked something, I should remember 😛 Otherwise, might not be worth to write it down.


  7. Hilcia says:

    Ames, we use the same method. I have a small notebook that I keep with me when I’m away from home. But, I have a beautiful leather journal that I use at home to jot down notes, facts, interesting details about plot and characters, and overall impressions, as I read. My notes are short, choppy to the point, although sometimes I jot down complete thoughts. And other times I jot down page numbers when I find a quote that I love if I’m reading a print book.

    I never got into the habit of using Goodreads to do this. If I have to find a device to type my notes, it interrupts my reading flow too much. I do use Goodreads to keep track of what I read, although I’ve been negligent lately.


  8. Leslie says:

    I used to keep a notebook before I had an e-reader. Now if I’m reading a print book I use a piece of paper which also doubles as a bookmark. 🙂 I do find it easier to keep notes on the Kindle plus highlighting is a great feature.

    I try to keep my Goodreads account up-to-date since that’s the only place I track my reading anymore. Use to use Library Thing and Shelfari but switch to Goodreads.


    • Bookish Ames says:

      I like the idea of the bookmark also being the keeper of the notes. I’ve heard people using index cards for that. I’m not that organized. And I don’t read print that much anymore, unfortunately.

      I use bookmarks on my ereaders but don’t highlight. I may have to explore this option more. I do like going back to books and seeing what I’ve bookmarked. Usually something that made me laugh.


  9. izzy says:

    lol! May the 4th Be With you!


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