I consider tracking my books to be one of the next best things to reading—right up there with talking about books with fellow readers and dreaming about what to read next. We even devoted a whole episode to tracking the books we read on What Should I Read Next! We talked with 15 different readers about how they organize their reading records, and it was so fun, inspirational, and often, surprising!
Last week I had the pleasure of getting together with devoted reader and MMD Book Club Community Manager Ginger Horton in person. She shared how that episode inspired her to try one of the suggested tracking methods for herself.
Here’s what Ginger did: she borrowed Caroline’s idea from our special episode and got a Line-a-Day Journal (similar to this one here) that holds five years’ worth of memories and began recording, for her entries, what she’s reading every day. When she looks back on that journal one year from now—and then two and four and five—she’ll be able to see what she was reading at the time.
For some people, this may not be a huge deal. But for Ginger and many other dedicated readers, that record is a time machine. That tiny mental queue will take her back to the experience of reading that particular title—why she chose it, what she thought of it, where she was when she read it.
Ginger’s only been doing it a week but she already loves it. She says she can’t wait for next year to roll around because looking back at what she’s recording right now is going to be so fun!
I’ve tried to keep up with a line-a-day journal in the past (I have this one here) but I abandoned it long ago. (Not on purpose—I just kept forgetting to update it!) Ginger and our special episode inspired me to try and dig up my journal (which might be tough, considering our recent move and resulting state of disarray) and try it for myself.
Readers, would you consider tracking your books like this? Have you tried it for yourself? I’d love to hear all about it in comments. And if YOU have an unconventional method of tracking your reading, please share that as well!