Do you use a reading journal?
I track all my reading in Goodreads (and have for well over a decade) but this year, after reading this post over at Modern Mrs. Darcy, I’ve started keeping a simple paper list in the back of my planner to keep track of the next several books I want to read.
And suddenly I understood a little better the appeal of a reading journal.
I don’t think I’ll ever give up Goodreads but these reading journal options are making me consider having a physical place to keep track of books I want to read and notes about books.
Naturally, this sent me down the rabbit hole of looking at all the book journal options out there and. . . there are so many great options!
Here are some of my favorites:
5 Terrific Reading Journal Options
Moleskine Passion Journal
I (like many people) consider Moleskin notebooks the Ritz Carlton of notebooks, so it’s no surprise that their book journal is top-notch, highly rated, and an Amazon pick. It’s definitely on the pricey side as far as reading journals go. And here’s a little peek at what the inside pages look like. I love how clean and simple they are (plus the alphabet tabs on the side are extra fun).
Book Riot’s Read Harder Book Journal
You probably already know Book Riot, one of the biggest and most robust book sites on the internet, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’ve created a terrific reading journal. Aside from the pages for recording and reviewing the books you read, it also has 12 reading challenges along with recommendations of books for each challenge. It’s a delight!
Reading Log: Reader’s Journal
If you’re looking for a simple and inexpensive reading journal, you can’t do better than this one. It’s under $5 and has pages to record 120 books. It’s not fancy, but if you want to dip your toes into the world of paper and pen recording, this is a low risk way to try it out.
Bibliophile Reader’s Journal
It’s possible I want this reading journal solely because of the cover. It’s so pretty! It also has delightful illustrations in full color inside (like the covers of books that have been made into movies), plus very usable pages for logging what you read (I’ve included a sample page below so you can see what that looks like). It’s a perfect mix between whimsical and practical and I love it so much.
The Book Lover’s Journal
This one is BELOVED. Not only does it have plenty of place to record your books, there are also spaces for to-read lists, books you’ve lent out, space for book club info, book recommendations and the whole thing is small enough to tuck in your purse. A total win, especially at this price. Here’s a little peek at what the recording pages look like – I love those little rating scales!
If you use a reading journal, I’d love to know about it! How long have you been keeping one and do you make your own or do you buy one specifically for logging reading?