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Introducing my first reading journal

2020 is the year of new beginnings and of trying new things. After watching a bunch of youtube videos (mostly Olivia’s), I got inspired and decided to make my first reading journal. It’s a work in progress, and I’m still figuring things out as I go, but since it’s mostly all set up already, I thought I would share it with you. 

First up, here we have the notebook I’m using. It’s a tiny (a6), squared-pages, golden notebook. I’ve had it for a while and never used it (as usual). 

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The cover is holographic/iridescent, so it shines differently depending on the light. It’s pretty simple, and even though I’ve considered adding a few stickers to it, I haven’t found any that I was crazy about. So stickerless it remains. 

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As expected, the first thing I did was add a cover page that stated the year. It’s not my favorite, but it’s done and it could have turned out worse, so I’m leaving it. 

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The first proper spread I’ve done is a list of all the books I’ve read in 2020. Again, I’ve kept it simple, with just the titles of the books. I track my ratings and authors on my bullet journal, so I didn’t want to repeat that here. If you’d like, I’m more than happy to share my bullet journal in a future post. 

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Then I have my year in books. This is just numbers/stats, and I use this to track how many books I’ve read, gotten (bought or received) and how many pages I’ve read in each month of the year. 

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My 20 books to read in 2020 is a list of my top 20 books that I want to pick up this year. Most are books I already own, but some of them are upcoming books that will be released this year.

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Next up are my more detailed monthly stats. Again, this is a numbers-only spread. Here I track not only how many books I’ve read each month, but also their format (physical, audiobook or ebook) and their language (I read in english, spanish and portuguese, so this is a nice way of keeping track of that). 

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After that, I have a favorite of the month spread so I can remember my favorite read of each month. I think this will help me a lot in choosing my favorite books of the year at the end of December. 

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Inspired by the lovely Kath, I made a reading tracker. One of my goals this year is to read every single day, and this spread has been helping me a lot to keep up with it. It also helps me see the format I’ve been using the most (physical copies, audiobooks or ebooks. So far, physical copies seem to be my prefered format for the year).

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As I mentioned before, this whole idea came from watching Olivia’s videos, and so inspired by her I decided to also join in on a year-long reading challenge. It’s Harry Potter themed, so of course I’m super excited about it. If you’d also like to participate, here is the prompts list. 

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Last month I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and fell in love with it (you can read my review here). I had barely finished it when I decided to make this spread. It’s not really a review page, and it’s definitely not perfect, but I’m glad I documented it. Going forward, I plan on making prettier (and more organized) review spreads of my favorite reads. 

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Then it occured to me that I hadn’t made a “most anticipated releases” page yet, and I needed one to keep track of all the dates the books are coming out. So I made this one. It’s again very simple, but it gets the job done. The little checks on the side are so I know which books I’ve already preordered. 

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And finally, we have the more in-depth months wrap ups. As you can see in the January one, I had no idea what I was doing so it’s a bit all over the place. But I got the basics down: which books I read and how many pages I read during that month. I also made sure to remind my future self that I’ve got mini-reviews of all the books I read in my Goodreads

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The February spread is still a work in progress, but at least I remembered to add a small TBR section. I think I’ll keep that for future monthly spreads. There’s still a lot of free space, so if I still don’t know what to add to this, I’ll probably just fill in the space with pretty washi tape (that’s the best tip I have for you. Washi tape saves everything).

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And that’s it for my reading journal. As I said before, it’s all a work in progress. I’m still figuring out how to best structure my future reviews and what to write in my monthly wrap up spreads. If you have any ideas or if you know of someone online who has gorgeous reading journals, please let me know! I’d love to check them out.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I loved making it, and I loved making my reading journal even more. Also, do let me know if you’d like a version of this post but with my bullet journal instead. 

Until next time,

juli

8 thoughts on “Introducing my first reading journal

  1. Ahhhhh I love this!!! I’ve honestly wanted to start a dedicated reading journal for such a long time, but I have a pretty poor history of starting journals (bullet, diaries, you name it, I’ve tried it) & abandoning them after a few months 😂 Good luck with yours & hope to see some updates from it throughout the year!

    💛 Ngoc

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    1. Thank you so much! I love journaling but used to be really inconsistent about it as well. However, I have been keeping a bullet journal somewhat consistently for the last 4 years or so, so it seemed like a good idea to start a reading one now that I know I can keep up with it.
      I’ll be sure to make an update post towards July when I have filled it out more.
      Thanks again for all the encouragement ❤️

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