Keeping a Digital Reading Log

Dear Fellow Journalers,

This article is really interesting for those of you who would rather just jot down your titles and not write in a journal:

The source of this article is from The Cheshire Library
Keeping a Reading Log
JULY 12, 2017 / LOUISE

Do you keep a reading log? People who read a lot inevitably find themselves at the point where they pick up a book and wonder, “Did I already read this?” I know I do! If I had to rely on my memory, I’d be in trouble.

What are the best ways to keep track of your reading? Some write down titles in a notebook, others use index cards. The trouble with those is that it can be cumbersome carrying a big notebook or box or cards around the library or bookstore. That’s why I prefer a digital log.

There are several good ones to try. The following are available as mobile apps as well as desktop sites. That way you can always have your reading log with you!

GoodReads [mobile apps available for Apple & Android devices]. This is the one everyone knows. A free “social cataloging” site where you can search people’s shelves, participate in book discussions, etc.

LibraryThing [mobile app available for Apple devices]. LibraryThing is a little more serious than GoodReads. The social aspect takes a back seat to your bookshelves. Free for up to 200 books, then there is a fee.

aNobii [mobile apps available for Apple & Android devices]. A community for readers allowing you to catalog your books, share reviews, and connect with other book lovers.

Libib [mobile apps available for Apple & Android devices]. A free cloud service that will let you store up to 100,000 titles for free. If you have more than 100,000 books in your home library, better get the paid version.

You can also keep an automatic log of the books you check out from your local library, if it has this capability. Sign in to your account from the website, then select Reading History, then “Save Reading History” from the options in your account. You can sort the list by title or author, even export or print it out.

Happy Reading,

~Sallie

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Just Read!

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I love to read but I have to plan time to do it. How many times has this happened to you? How do you find the time? Here are some suggestions:

  • Carry a magazine with you or a small paperback.
  • Keep the daily newspaper in your car.
  • Keep a book on the tv stand near the remote. You can read at least a couple  of pages during the commercials
  • .Read a chapter of your book before bed.
  • Toddlers and younger children don’t understand the words so read them your favorite book.

Here’s another dilemma – what about the stacks of UN-read books? This article and video may help:

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/too-many-unread-books-antilibrary-good-thing

~Sallie

 

Reading Journal

Dear Fellow Journaler,

     Can reading a book change your life?

     We, who love to read, write about our favorites, share our books at book clubs and with friends, and who have stacks of UN-read books agree wholeheartedly. That’s where the idea of a Reading Journal came from, at least for me. I met a lady at a book club who told me that after reading a book she would rate it and write a review. In a way, this exercise became her journal.

For the past couple of years I’ve been writing about this type of journal and I have to admit that of all the journals I’ve written this is one of my favorites. Because “my nose is always in a book” I write in it constantly.Every year I participate in the Good Read Reading Challenge. Even though I set my own goals (25-50) and my own genre I always find it interesting at the end of the year to review which books I really liked. This year I read books written by favorite authors and serials by I also read some that I discovered on Book TV. Among those were a couple of political ones and some interesting biographies.

When you’re hunting for the next big read in your life where do you go? When faced with this dilemma I sometimes remember a tv show called The Twilight Zone. One episode stands out of a timid bank clerk who loved to read so much that he almost lost his job and his marriage. He used to take his books to the bank vault to read during his lunch break. You will have to look the episode up on u-tube – it’s called “Time Enough At Last”. My sources are: Bargain Booksey, Over Drive, Book Bub, Book TV, Free Kindle Books, NoveList, Hoopla, Libby, digital, and my local library’s blog.

Where will your next reading adventure take you?

~Sallie

 

More Summer Bucket List ideas and books

Peach Tree Farms by Charles Wysocki

 

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Here are 10 more ideas for your journal:

  • Attend an outdoor concert. Many towns advertise these venues in early summer. Pack up a few snacks, your favorite beverage, lawn chair, jacket and Sun screen and relax!
  • Ride in a hot air balloon. Take yourself to new heights and see what the world looks like from a bird’s-eye-view. To afraid? Watch from below.
  • Visit or book a night in a tree house. My husband and I are fans of a tv show called Tree House Masters. Very skilled carpenters build absolutely stunning tree houses for clients. If you can’t find a tree house, go visit a lighthouse.
  • Go on a train ride. You don’t have to travel far – maybe just a few hours away. Some trains offer meals.
  • Adopt a pet from a shelter.
  • Work in a soup kitchen.
  • Go to your high school reunion. This can be a very good experience!
  • Go on a retreat. Most of you who have been followers of this blog know that I attend a retreat every year. You learn a lot about yourself when you slow down in solitude and evaluate what’s important in your life and where you are headed.
  • Go without the internet for a week or two.
  • Read a banned book. While “Lord of the flies” is definitely fits this category, did you know that “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer ‘s stone” was once banned also?

My book pics for the summer:

  1. “Beneath a scarlet sky” by Mark Sullivan
  2. ” George Washington’s Secret Six” by Brian Kilmeade
  3. “If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat” by John Ortberg
  4. “The Bridge” by Karen Kingsbury

Wishin’ to read:

  1. “Inner Hero Creative Art Journal” by Quinn McDonald
  2. “The Culper Ring” by Charles Rivers Editors
  3. ” Be in  tree house” by Pete Nelson

Have a great summer.

~Sallie

My Summer Bucket List

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Some of the things I’d like to do this summer:

  • Go to a Farmer’s Market. There are so many open-air markets in my state and I’ve never gone to one. Oh, I’ve bought pint-sized fresh berries at fruit stands in my time but I’ve never been to a market.
  • Pick my own berries.
  • Make S’mores. I used to make these at summer camp but I wonder can you make them at home without a fireplace?
  • Go somewhere I’ve never been. This might be a day trip to a nearby town or a new park in town.
  • Go to a drive-in movie. As far as I know, our state only has one of these.
  • Enjoy home-made margaritas and Bing-watch a favorite tv show.
  • Have a cookout.

Summer Reading List

     Just the idea of a summer reading list makes me smile. When I was in grade school, we were mandated to read one major book chosen by our teacher. We were encouraged to read as many books as possible. The librarians went a step further.They sponsored a Reading Contest for each grade. The child who read the most books (verified) won a prize. Determined to be the sixth grade winner, I read 100 books that summer!

My summer reading list journal is the one I use for our local book club. It contains a list of my favorite authors, books I’ve read, a synopsis of the content and a rating. I also put a date on the list.

Some of my favorite fiction authors are: Heather Burch, Amanda Cabot, Kay Cordell, Richard Paul Evans, Jessica Fletcher, Joanne Fluke, Miranda James, Karen Kingsbury, Debbie Macomber and Janette Oke.

Next week I’ll continue my bucket list and book sites.

~Sallie

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