I have had some wonderful conversations about reading notebooks the last few weeks and I am excited to get my notebook sorted out. I had to get this lovely cover for my MD monthly because – well, pink! It was a splurge but I wanted something lovely and sturdy and with inside pockets to keep notes. I was chatting with Mary about the biggest barriers in my reading life and you should have seen her face when I told her that I often have a gap between books because I have not done a good job of managing a TBR list. I recently deleted my Want to Read shelf on Goodreads because there were so many books listed and I found myself paralyzed by the choices. I have gone through the books I own that I really do want to read (ebooks, audio books, and paper books). I printed the book covers (also Mary’s idea) on sticker paper to help me build a reasonable TBR list. I recently finished The Heart’s Invisible Furies and once I had added my reading notes to my notebook, I was able to pick up and start reading Apeirogon because it was available and it is on my list! That was a great discovery. I always thought I had that gap because I didn’t want to forget the book I had just finished when it was really the overwhelm of the next choice.
I have gone through the MMD reading (life) challenge and I am almost ready to put pen to paper for my reading goals. I am going small and thinking I might have different reading goals for each season. We will see.
I am really looking forward to a new start with my reading notebook. Feel free to drop some ideas or questions into the comments. I am loving this exchange. So many thoughtful and wise bookish people.