Was anyone annoyed by having mandatory reading logs in school? Personally, I wish I had kept them!
I have voluntarily kept a reading log for the past two years, and I am just sad I haven’t kept one for longer! All those books I only half-remember, or have only a fleeting memory of the plot or my impressions upon reading. My log is not extensive or cumbersome. I just jot down the title (& author, natch), start & finish dates, and “Thoughts” of each book in my diary. I love looking back to remember what I’ve read, and often the act of writing down a few impressions reminds me more later of how I felt, what I thought, and the main plot points.
Plus, I love stats. How many books did I read in a month? A summer? A year? How many old favorites did I re-read? How many fiction books? Nonfiction? Memoirs? Which did I start but never finish? Which books did I read in a single day? Which book took the longest to complete? My reading narcissism knows no bounds. And in the privacy of my own diary, I am not a freak.
Maybe one of these days I’ll type it up & share…