I have been transformed by books and books come with lessons that can shape us for life. Unfortunately, I have read so many good books but can’t remember them as I wish I could. As readers we read so much that we may forget very important lessons we picked up from books we have read in the past and that is why a Book Journal is important. Like the normal journals where we store our private thoughts, Book Journals allow us store private thoughts and experiences we have as we read a particular book. Though apps are available to help track your reading but there is still a beautiful feeling when you pen your thoughts down on paper.
There are various reasons why we need Book Journals. Some are;
- To help you monitor your growth as a reader. Records help to make you see how well you are doing in accomplishing your reading goals.
- To help you document what you have learnt from the books. These lessons shape your thinking, your ideologies and ultimately how you choose to act and respond to life.
- They are a good way to write about your concerns and questions that have now been raised in your heart as you read. It helps you emotionally and mentally.
- They are a good way to document your reading experience, feelings and thoughts as you read.
- It helps you engage the book better.
- It is a good way to remember a book you have read.
What should be in your Book Journal…
- Book Title
- Date Started and Finished
- Review and Rating
- Lessons learned
- Favourite Character (Fiction)
- Action Points (What are you going to do better after reading the book?)
- Reading Challenges (Challenges of language, cultural gap… Things you struggled with as you read)
You can be creative about your journal as there is no hard and fast rule that must be obeyed when creating your journal. You may not have everything written here as part of your journal but what is important is that you are consistent. I hope your reading blossoms more in 2020.