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New Year’s Resolution: Start a Book Journal

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

New Year’s Resolutions are fun, but after years of experience, I know better than to get too carried away with them. This time around, I do have one goal. One that is so simple and fun that I can just go ahead and pat myself on the back for sticking to it.

I have started a book journal. I plan to keep it easy. I will write down the title, author and date completed. I will be strict and only jot down a one-sentence reaction. I plan to keep my journal on Evernote, a free program/app that I cannot live without. See a screenshot of it at left. Evernote is a clever digital notebook that syncs lists and documents on all of my computers and devices. If I start a paper journal, it will not be handy when I want to use it, and my mission will fail. I shall not fail.

If you received an iPad Mini for the holidays, or you’re just app happy, you might like Reader Tracker or BookHabit to keep your book journal. They look a little fancy, but also super easy.

Keeping a book journal is a must-do resolution for book nuts. Last year, I’m pretty sure I read at least 50 books. (I’m not bragging, reading books is kind of my job. I hesitate to call it work because it’s so fun.) But I can’t remember which ones, and I don’t know how I felt about them all. I do remember my favorites, though. Among the many books I read in 2012, I most loved Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson.

I can’t wait to see how many I read in 2013.

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