For a few years now, I have felt more and more like I read many books each year, but never manage to remember the contents or the value of what I learned. Did I enjoy it? Who was that author? Oh, I don't remember that happening! I spoke with a colleague about these questions I was having, and she suggested to me that I start to use Goodreads to track my reading. Now, I have used Goodreads before: I often use it to make lists of what I own and what I want to buy, but I find the features to actually mark progress somewhat lacking, and I don't manage to record all the things I read. It might be convenient, but I don't find myself wanting to keep it up to date. Another friend suggested I try his way: he keeps a pen-and-paper book journal. What you can keep in this journal is entirely up to you, but he likes to records his initial reactions to a book, the author, when he read it, and any other tidbits he knows he will appreciate remembering later, even if its not completely related to the plot of the book. I think I appreciate the idea of book journaling, and will begin keeping one from the day I finish my next book! My current goals: - Record the obvious: title, author, date, etc. - Mark favorite quotes (with pages, if I'm feeling enthusiastic! I already underline within my books, though...) - Mark authors' names in the journal if I want to read more of their work after finishing the book. - Review the journal every three months or so to see how I've been reading, and if my tastes are becoming boring (who wants to read all non-fiction, all the time? Not me!) I've heard others use these books to also keep track of the diversity of their books and of their authors; something I might incorporate later on! How about you? Do you use Goodreads, a book journal, or just your mind to keep track of what you've been reading?