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How To Remember What Books You’ve Read

Unless you have a perfect memory, it’s tough to remember all the books you’ve read. But how can you keep a record of everything your eyes have pored over or skimmed? 

You want to remember the texts you read, don’t you? Imagine thinking you finished a book but not being entirely sure you did. It almost feels like a bookshelf falling to the ground.

Here are ways to remember the amazing, terrible, and mediocre books you’ve read. 

Use Goodreads. 

Goodreads is a godsend, especially since you can access it on a computer, laptop, or smartphone. I can’t believe I took nearly 18 years to make an account. If you’re looking for an online website where you can track books you’ve read and what you want to read next, get on Goodreads.

Keep a reader notebook. 

On the other hand, who doesn’t love using a physical notebook to record all the books they’ve read. I write down the author and title along with when I started and finished the text. I also tried getting into journaling about the books I’ve read to help myself with writing reviews after I’ve finished reading something. But so far, I don’t find myself reaching for that journal very often. Habits are hard to build.

Create an Excel spreadsheet.

Spreadsheets are fun, doubly so if they’re colourful. If you don’t want to make a Goodreads account but want a digital log, an Excel sheet might work well for you.

How do you remember what you read?

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Journals, Thank You Notes, And The Finisher 

Here are some of the things I picked up at Chapters the other day.

Journals, Thank You Notes, And The Finisher 

I hope to start the book soon, although I’m sure it’ll sit on my bookshelf for quite some time. Better yet, I now have two more journals to add to my ever-growing collection. And the thank you notes are for a special side project.

Remember when I said “I need a new journal”? Well, I ended up purchasing two. After all, a writer can never have too many.

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Reading Resolutions

Happy second day of 2015. For some of you, it may be the third day already. Are you keeping up with your resolutions so far?

Of all things, reading is very easy to neglect. That’s probably why I wasn’t the avid reader I would’ve liked to have been in 2014. This year I’m working to change that by making and (hopefully) sticking to my reading resolutions.

Here are my reasonable and realistic reading resolutions. We’ll see in 2016 if I manage to achieve all three.

I don’t know why I don’t already do this, but I seriously need to start tracking the books I read. I’m using a tiny pocket notebook to do this. In it, I’m writing down the title of the book, the author, the date I started it, and the date I finish.

I aim to read something meaningful every day. Text messages don’t count. Emails don’t either.

I hope to read at least 22 books this year. In the past, I’ve read more. But 2015 is not like any other year. I’m blogging on multiple platforms, I am trying to write more, and I’m in my last year of high school. That said, I think I can still manage to read more than one book every two weeks.

These are my reading resolutions for this year. What are yours?

Writing

Countdown To Christmas: What Not To Give A Writer

This list may or may not apply to all writers. Still, I wouldn’t give a writer any of these. It’d be different if he or she has an obsession for smelling flowers, cleaning the house, and watching bad movies.

Flowers

I doubt many of you gift flowers during the holiday season. But for future occasions (like Valentine’s Day), don’t give a writer flowers. Why would you when you can give them something useful (like a notebook) instead? Okay, maybe I am only saying this because I’ve had some bad experiences with flowers. It’s a long story.

Cleaning Products

Hygiene items fall under this category as well. Do I really need to elaborate on this one?

Tickets To A Bad Movie Based On A Good Book

Unless you want to ruin a perfectly good book, avoid at all costs. I’ve avoided watching many movies for this exact reason. The book will always be better. Always.

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What Excites Me

Am I the only one who gets excited whenever I get a new notebook?

Having a different place to record my thoughts and ideas is the greatest feeling ever.

See, a writer isn’t all that hard to please.

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Why Do Ideas Do This To Me?

To all future ideas,

Can you please come to me when I have a pen in hand and a notebook nearby?

From someone who has had brilliant ideas occur at the most inconvenient times.

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If I Don’t Reply To Your Text Message, Here’s Why:

I am…

  • reading
  • writing
  • blogging
  • dancing
  • sleeping

If, on the off chance, I am not doing any of the 5 above, I will gladly and quickly respond to your message.

If, however, I am occupied with a book, a notebook, a blog, a dance, or a bed, understand I’ll reply when I have the time to do so.

Hope this clears up any misunderstandings or confusion. I’m not trying to be rude. I’m a writer. And writers are busy people. Don’t hate us.

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Why I Wanted To Cry Today

Today, I wanted to cry during English class because I had forgotten to bring my notebook to school. The irony, eh?
See, the struggles of a writer are real.
Never again. I can’t believe this even happened in the first place.