I started a new reading notebook that I’m kind of figuring out while I go. I know it needs to do a few things for me.
1. I would like it to be a record of what I read and what I thought about what I read.
2. I also want it to be a place where I can record notes of what stood out to me.
3. I want it to be a place to organize quotes by topic.
So I did what any good bullet journaler would do and got a notebook. (I picked up this specific one at Walmart, but any composition notebook or favorite journal would work.)
Inside I made a reference list for my star ratings.
And then I printed out a small copy of the cover for each book. (I copy and paste a picture of the cover from online images.) And write a few notes below each cover and give it my star rating.
The books that don’t have a lot of underlines (usually fiction books) I will probably put two to a page. But the ones that end of having lots of underlines and highlights, I will do one per page.
These are the entries a journal/memoir, More Readings from One Man’s Wilderness (If you haven’t read the first book by him, start with that!) and a fiction book, California, that I really enjoyed (on the right).
I read Spiritual Mothering this summer with a group of ladies. It was packed full of great information about Titus 2 discipleship. This is a definite keep and re-read and reference book. It’s not 5 stars because there were just a couple things I wasn’t sure I agreed with, but overall it was a great book.
I enjoyed reading Passionate Femininity about Puritan poet Anne Bradstreet. I had been introduced to her poetry years ago when my boys took a homeschool co-op American Liturature class. This started off slow, but ended with a bang. Some great thoughts, great application, and an interesting look at this amazing woman.
In the back of the book, I’m going to title pages with themes I’m learning about or tracing through books. Themes like faith, discipleship, the Gospel, habits, grace, discipline, etc. I don’t have anything written down there yet, but will show you how it works when I post next month’s reads!