I am an avid reader and have always enjoyed having a way to keep track of the books that I love. It only seemed natural that I combine my love of planners and all things stationary with my love of the literary arts. I do keep track on Goodreads (add me as a friend!) but I felt the need for something a little bit more tactile. I searched for my perfect reading journal but nothing that I found was exactly what I wanted.
My criteria included, but wasn’t limited to; a rating system, space for notes, start and finish dates, and super cute. You’d think that those things would be pretty standard as far as reading journals go but I had a hell of a time finding the perfect one! I did find a few different things on Amazon like this one (not pretty enough) and this one (not the best reviews) but nothing that fit the bill. Naturally, when Amazon failed me I took my epic quest to Pinterest. As usual, I was able to find the inspiration I needed to create my own BuJo (bullet journal) style reading journal!
I found so many fabulous ideas and I couldn’t wait to get started! I like Megan from Page Flutter‘s journal that she shared and after seeing that I knew that a bullet journal style is what I was going for. I love the star ratings and that is definitely something I wanted to implement myself.
Finding North has a really cute visual way to track books which I LOVE but my OCD self needed to record more information than just title and author. Still, I can see myself maybe doing something like this for a book club reading list or even something like a “classics” reading list which I love the idea of picking away at.
So here’s what I did. I got a set of notebooks from Indigo and a sweet cover from Dream and Anchor on Etsy and went from there. I took inspiration from bullet journaling and created an index in the front and numbered all of the pages so that I could quickly find what I was looking for when I want to look for something. As far as recording each book goes I list the title, author, date started and finished, a star rating and notes. I didn’t set each page up from the get go because I want to leave as much space for notes as I feel like taking for each book when I’m reading. In addition to this, I have a “Books I’d like to Read” page and I also printed the reading list for the Paper & Glam book club which I am following along with this year.
I haven’t done any fancy lettering or decorating yet because I want to live in my reading journal for a while and make sure that I like the way I have things set up. I’m sure that there will be some changes that I will want to make along the way but for now, this is working perfectly for me.
Do you keep a reading journal or something similar?
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