Keeping Track of Good Reads

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.

IMG_4583 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:

  1. M is for Magic, Gaiman *
  2. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
  3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Gaiman*
  4. The Post-Mortal
  5. The Infinite Sea, Gaiman*
  6. The Alchemist, Coelho *
  7. Sarah’s Key
  8. Getting Schooled
  9. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
  10. Orange is the New Black
  11. The Hollow City
  12. A Walk in the Woods, Bryson (r)
  13. Trigger Warning, Gaiman*
  14. The Girl on the Train, Hawkins *

As you can see, I am on a Gaiman/thriller kick.



About vanva

I am an educator, writer and mother.
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