I used my iWorks apps on my Mac to design a set of pages. These were meant to be printables, but I know myself and I know that I would never ever EVER have the physical book journal nearby when I needed it. So I decided to store my documents in my iCloud so that I have access from my Macbook, my iPad, and my iPhone. I ALWAYS have at least one of them within arm’s reach!
Here is what I came up with!
But here is the problem — by mid-March of last year I was done with it. It took way too much time to type up note on every single book and add a quote or a vocab word. And there was way-way too much duplication of efforts!
I still like the idea, and I’m trying again in 2016, but this time I am simplifying. Instead of five separate pages, I’ve reduced it to two. I started by eliminating the ‘Books To Read’ page. I mean, I already track books I’d like to read on Goodreads, Pinterest, and Library Thing, so why do I need a whole separate log for them? For similar reasons, I got rid of the ‘Log’ page. I don’t need to track pages read on a nightly basis. I joined the Goodreads challenge to track the books (and pages) I read in 2016, and I also have a spreadsheet set up to track not only pages, but genre, ratings, and other information important to me.
That left the ‘Quotes’ page, the ‘Book Notes’ page, and the ‘Vocabulary’ page. I decided I really don’t need to keep quotes on a separate page; for me, they work just as well as part of my book notes. So I created a modified ‘Book Notes’ page on which I can add not only quotes, but also main characters, setting, genre, and anything else that strikes me as important at the time. I set it up as a template in my Pages app, and will create a new page of book notes for each book I start this year. Here is what it looks like!
Right now I plan to keep it in the cloud, but if at the end of the year I want hard copy, it will be easy enough to print out and put together into a small report cover.
I decided that I DO want to keep my vocabulary separate. But rather than keep it as a printable, I started a spreadsheet using the same headings. That way I can sort by Title or sort the words alphabetically whenever it suits me. Here is what the spreadsheet looks like now.