Do you keep a book journal?

For many years now I’ve kept track of the books I read each year. It started out as a way of counting how many I could read in a year and then a competitive way of seeing if the total could be higher the following year. I would list them month by month, adding in the date I finished the book and any thoughts or quotes I wanted to remember. Then when I lived abroad, it was a way of sharing something with friends and family as I would tell them about the books I’d read in some of the group emails I sent home. For the last few years, I didn’t keep track of my reading in any way which I missed especially as I know I read some great books but now can’t remember their titles.  

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Keeping record of your reads is easy and doesn’t take too much time to do but it can offer many benefits. You can look back over the year and see at a glance what you learnt, where your mind was and what new areas you explored. Sometimes it’s only when you look back on all the reads whether it be on a monthly basis or for longer, that you can see where your subconscious was leading you. For example, I found that over a 6 month period, my reading consisted of personal and self development books, however if someone had asked me about my focus, I wouldn’t have necessarily noticed that aspect of it.

My journal has progressed from being a notebook and pen to now being something I type up on my laptop and add the books as soon as I finish them so that I can remember what I loved or disliked and I can keep a record of the quotes I enjoyed in the books and why they resonated with me.

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The busy months jump out immediately as there will only be a couple of listings whereas the months where great learning and exploration has taken place are also clear to me at a glance.

Do you keep a book journal? Why is it important to you? What do you learn about yourself?  

Calling all avid readers….

We waited to do this as we have had many requests to set up a separate blog for book lovers. Firstly, we tried doing it as part of our being the best you can be blog and that has worked fine, however we also wanted to have a place where we could focus on books, reviews and recommendations as well as interviews. However, we also want to  include you guys, yes YOU! So here is how you can get involved. Read on. Continue reading “Calling all avid readers….”

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


So here we are! We decided to start a separate blog for book lovers. It is something we have discussed over the last few months and especially every time we have published a book review on our being the best site. 

As we start a new year, we thought it provided the opportunity to introduce a new site just like we did last year with our travel blog, So over the first few weeks, we will reblog those book reviews published on our being the best you can be and travel alphabet blogs and then from there we hope to publish our reviews and any we receive from readers. 

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