"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." (Francis Bacon)

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Book Journals

In an effort to expand the scope of this blog, I'll be discussing more general reading topics from time to time. I'm also in the midst of making some changes to the look. So far, I've rearranged the sidebar items.

When I was in high school, a friend gave me a blank notebook with a picture of a gnome on it. It was called a Gnome Gnotebook and was one of the first blank books, I guess. I'd been keeping track of my reading since 6th grade (1965) because our teacher had us maintain one for school, and I realized I could write the books in the new Gnome Gnotebook, instead of on the looseleaf paper I'd been using, and thus my reading journal was born.

Each year, I start a new page and I alternate colors from year to year, using either green or purple. Notes in the margin re: genre are in blue or red. I've been using Flair pens for this for as long as I've been using the Gnotebook. This is a purple year.

I make note of title and author and note science fiction, mysteries, and non-fiction. I total each year's reading in red on the top right of each year's first page. Rarely have I used more than one page. I don't feel as if I've finished a book until I've noted it in the journal (or should that be gnoted?). I've been doing this for approximately 30 years now and it's become a real ritual. That Gnotebook is one gift I really have used and I can't remember the name of the friend who gave it to me or the occasion. But the Gnotebook lives on.

Do you keep a reading journal? In print? Online? Both? As a reader and a librarian, I'm curious about such things. Please share your journal experiences in the Comments. Thanks.