Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Diary of a Reader

I went to the library regularly as a kid, but I still remember the satisfaction I felt when my mom came home from the local bookstore with a bag full of new books. In that bag, there would always be some books for me. The security of knowing I would never run out of something to read gave me a huge sense of comfort.
For a while, as a kid, I kept a diary of what I'd read - but then I lost track. I've thought about starting a book list as an adult - and even considered buying a journal designed for that purpose at a children's bookstore one day. But it wasn't until now, that I decided to start again - after reading a fabulous post by Kristi, a teen services librarian. She not only kept a list of all the books she read in 2009, but did an analysis of them in her blog, A Hundred Visions and Revisions: Booklog. This great idea has inspired me. As of 2010, I'm listing the books I've read this year - as a sidebar here (scroll up on the right).
Coming soon - an interview with Spencer Quinn, author of Thereby Hangs A Tail - the new book in the Chet and Bernie mystery series, which I'm savoring to the last page.

13 comments:

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Thanks for stopping by today! I started keeping record of what I read 4 or 5 years ago. It is so fun to look back and see what I was reading when. Plus, I don't have to stare blankly when someone asks, "What have you read lately?"

Richard Hanks said...

I use a Facebook App called I'm Reading to keep track of, well what I'm Reading. I am sure everyone else is very bored, but I love looking back to see what I've picked up.

Abby said...

I started keeping a record of what I was reading when I was in college (I think probably 2002?). Now, I find it really helpful to me as a librarian. I'm reading so much now that unless I take the time to jot down a short summary and my thoughts, I doubt I'd remember half the books I've read! (And when you're a librarian, being able to remember the basic plots of books is very helpful!!)

Heather Hedin Singh said...

Sounds like a great goal! I wish I had kept track of my reading over the past few years. Good luck with it!

Peggy Archer said...

I'm sure all authors must have memories of books and reading when they were a child. One of mine is being read to by my mom, and buying Little Golden books at the grocery store if I was good. :)

Amy Nichols said...

I try to keep track of what I read, but it's always in fits and starts, with huge gaps in between. Your blog inspired me to try it again. We're early enough in the year, maybe I can do it this time. :)

Jaymie said...

I keep a journal of books I've read - what they are about and what I thought of them (which helps when I blog book reviews). If they are nonfiction library books and I really liked them, I will also track their call number so I can check them out again if I need to. Hope you enjoy whatever system you decide to use to track your reading!

Kristi said...

Wow, thanks for such kind words! Like I said in my post, 2009 was actually the first year I ever kept such close track of what I was reading (kind of surprising, considering how OCD I am about so many other things), and I'm really glad that I did. Good luck with your list-making!

Caroline said...

A few years ago I did The 50 Book Challenge, where I read and reviewed 50 books in a year. I was keeping track of those books, but not any of the books that I didn't count - mostly children's books. Then a friend posted a list on Facebook of everything she'd read when she was eight - everything! And it clicked in my head: I can do this, too! So now I just keep a list of what I read - but I think I might need to move to a new journal where I also keep notes.

Charlotte said...

I have failed every time I tried to keep a log, and have resigned myself to never quite knowing what I've read! But good luck to you!

Miss Pippi said...

I hope all goes well with your record keeping. It's a lot of work, but so much fun! Happy reading!

readingandrooibos said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Margaret Ann. I appreciated your kind words about my review style. :)

As for keeping a reading diary, I'm a fan of keeping lists of books I've read. Sadly, many of my childhood lists are no longer with me. I wish they were -- I would love to see that little snapshot of little me as a reader! I've been listing as an adult and find it keeps me sharper in terms of being able to recommend books to friends. With any luck, it'll help me as a librarian too when I get out into the field.

Happy reading and happy listing! :)

Pen and Ink said...

My father used to drop me and my brother off at the local library. He would read his lurid crime magazine in the car and often fall asleep. When my brother and I returned to the car, if my brother hadn't checked out a book, my father would yell at him.

That's one way to encourage reading.

Lupe F.