A habit I fell into quite awhile ago is to keep track of what I read. I got the idea from reading Anais Nin’s diaries. At the end of the year, she would list all that she had read. Later, I met a man who claimed to have read 10,000 books, and I remember thinking he was a liar. How could he possibly know? He told me kept track, but I never saw the list so I cannot confirm or deny his honesty;)
Eventually, I bought a moleskin notebook, and keep track as I go.
It’s strange, but I don’t keep track as a form of competition or bragging. Rather, I like looking over the list at the end of the year and reflecting on the good, the bad, and the okay titles. It’s almost a form of rereading for me, and often I will make recommendations to others based upon it.
ahhh. 2012 was a good year:)
Some years, like 2012, I read a massive amount, and others not so much. 2005 (when I gave birth to my daughter) I only read six books the whole year. Whenever I reread something for work or pleasure, I denote it with an “r.” If I really like something, I put a star by it. For the past, before I began keeping track, I just made a general list – 1980’s – and wrote down the books I loved or remembered reading.
So far in 2015, here is the list:
- M is for Magic, Gaiman *
- The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Gaiman*
- The Post-Mortal
- The Infinite Sea, Gaiman*
- The Alchemist, Coelho *
- Sarah’s Key
- Getting Schooled
- The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
- Orange is the New Black
- The Hollow City
- A Walk in the Woods, Bryson (r)
- Trigger Warning, Gaiman*
- The Girl on the Train, Hawkins *
As you can see, I am on a Gaiman/thriller kick.