27 February 2006

Reading Log

I have enjoyed creating a web page about books. This blog is a companion to the web page. It is meant as a space to explore what I am reading and record new books and resources I would like to consider including on the web page.
I was discussing my reading log with a friend last week. She had never explored the idea of keeping a reading log. Mine is pretty simple. Each year I reserve a page or two in my journal to record what I read that year. I only note the title, author, and give it a rating. My ratings are based on the ABC grading method used in school. I also use the minus (-) and plus (+). I keep the reading log for a few reasons.
  1. To keep a record of what I have read.
  2. To note authors whose works I enjoy.
  3. To notice patterns in my reading i.e. what I seem to read at different periods in my life.
  4. To strive for a balance in my reading habits and not limit myself to one genre or subject.
  5. To help me select books that are my idea of the best books (and A-, A, or A+ rating).

I noticed in one reading blog mention of del.icio.us. I think that might be an interesting way to keep a reading log. Will explore that some more.

Interesting Idea I actually recently did a tag on this very subject. I am going to list my answers here, and if you would like to answer as well that would be cool.


1. What is the total number of books you own?
Maybe 50. 99.9% of books are not worth the cost of having to pack them in what is ultimately the heaviest damn box on moving day. :) Remind me to never help EOTR move. :)

2. What is the last book you bought? God: A biography

3. What are you currently reading? God: A Biography, Supernatural - Graham Hancock, The book of the Dead, Wild at Heart (again), The Bible, A Family of Value - Rosemond, Abraham Lincoln: A photographic story of a life, SAS Survival Handbook, When good People Write Bad Sentences - Harris, and Lincoln Of the people by the people for the people, The Dead Sea scrolls a new compilation, and Do Gooders - Charen. (I ned to finish some of those.) :)

4. What books do you wish to buy next? I will get yelled at by my wife if I buy another book before I finish some of those. :)

5. What books have you owned for ages but haven't read? 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

6. What 5 books have influenced you? The Bible - God ;), Fingerprints of the Gods - Hancock, Wild At Heart - Eldredge, Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu, The Wheel of Time - Jordan.

Also I love to read BLOGs and other peoples thoughts. Especially honest thoughts. EOTR is one of my absolute favorite bloggers because of her honesty.

I believe you can get your finger on the pulse of the "caring world" by reading BLOGs.
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