How to Keep Track of the Books You Read?

Keep Track of the Books You Read

If you’re an avid reader, it’s challenging to keep track of all the books you’ve read so far or the ones you want to read in future. Besides, how many books do you actually go through over a year? Our guess is that they are many because your very presence on this blog suggests that you’re an enthusiastic reader. However, does the task of recollecting your entire library of books seems overwhelming? Well, here are some ways to track the books you’ve read in order to, at the very minimum, be able to avoid the awkwardness of book amnesia.

Maintain a Book Log

The most basic method to keep track of what you read is to keep a book journal or spreadsheet. Every time you go through n book, note the following information: the title of the book; the author’s name, the date of publication as well as the length, genre; the time you began reading the book; and then when you completed the book.

Create a Rating System

Try to create a rating system so that you’re able to keep track of how much you liked the book. You can rate the book on a scale of one to five or duplicate Amazon’s star system. If you’re looking to go further, then rate the book based on different aspects. Here are a few parameters based on which you can develop your rating system:

  • Character development
  • Book’s pace
  • Writing’s quality
  • Plot development
  • Comment on your satisfaction level while reading the book

Add Additional Information

Alongside the basic tracking data, you can include additional information about every book you’ve read, like the following:

  • What inspired you to go through the book?
  • What was your mental state like when you first got it?
  • Would you like to see additional books by the same writer? If yes, what books?
  • Did the book motivate you to learn more about a particular subject?
  • Do you know anyone who would be interested in this book?
  • What is the author’s country of origin?
  • What was the original language that the book was written in?
  • Did the book win any prizes?

Write an Overview of Your Book

Another option is to create an overview of each book you’ve gone through. After you’ve finished reading the book, put it down and record what you remember about the book. Include an outline of the plot, or some information about the characters, and the setting, and write down your thoughts about the book. You can set yourself a limit of words such as 400 or up to 750 words.

Make Your Own Amazon Review

If you would like to take it a step further, sign into Amazon and write a review of the book once you’re done reading. Make sure to be as elaborate as you can so that other people can decide whether or not they should purchase the book based on your review. When you’re looking to go back on the books you’ve read, you can check all of your Amazon reviews.

Track Your Books on Goodreads

Goodreads is an excellent platform for those who love books. Goodreads lets you accomplish the following:

  • Keep track of the books you’ve read or the ones you are currently reading or would like to read.
  • You can rate the books, and even review them, and get suggestions on what you should follow up with.
  • You can also read book reviews and news from your friends and leave comments on these reviews and updates.

Take a Shot at Literary Criticism

Keeping a journal should not just be to keep track of the books you’ve read but also to develop your literary critique abilities by writing thorough reviews of your favourite books. Why should you bother writing them? The motive is to help you understand and appreciate the books you’ve read.

Ask yourself questions like the following:

  • What’s the story?
  • What is the process by which the main character goes through during the story?
  • What’s unique in the characters?
  • What’s their most significant character fault?
  • What are the problems the protagonist has to face?
  • Do you have an antagonist?
  • Who are the other characters? What is their purpose?
  • What’s the significance in the context? What effect does it have on the overall theme or mood of the story? Does the setting represent the state of mind that the protagonists are in?
  • What is the primary issue, and how does the story develops? What’s the conclusion?
  • Does the writer use foreshadowing? Or does the writer hint readers into what will happen during the story?
  • Does the author employ symbolism when objects are intended to represent something or an idea greater than the object in itself?

Get Yourself a Book Journal

To keep track of the books you’ve read, just use the Moleskine or any similar notebook you’ve got around. You can, however, purchase a book journal. Three popular options are available:

Do Some Research on The Author

Often, the author’s personal life can have a significant influence on their work. Thus, when you’re keeping track of and analyzing the book you’ve read, it’s a great idea to conduct some research about the author.

Create a Book Blog

One method of keeping track of the books you’ve read is to create an online blog. Pick a platform for blogging and then think of a suitable title for the blog and begin posting a review of books. When someone asks you to suggest a book, then refer the person to your site. You never know; you will be able to build your own following. If you want to get some tips on becoming good at book hauls on your blog, check out our tips on a successful book haul.

Create a List of Books to Read

In the back of your notebook or book, make the list of books you’d like to study. Each time you hear about an intriguing book, put it on your list. It’s unlikely you’ll be in a bind, “What should I read next?”

Such a short amount of time, but so many books to read! You don’t want to spend time and effort reading a novel and then forget that you’ve read it or even the subject matter.

We hope that you enjoyed reading about our suggested tips to track the books you’ve read or are going to read, and they will be useful to you. If you wish to be a part of Austin Macauley Publishers, then you’re welcome to share your manuscripts here for review. You can also submit online by filling out this Online Submission Form.

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2021’s Good Books to Read for Everyone

2021's Good Books to Read

A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

The human mind works in extraordinary ways. Just by looking at a few jottings on paper, our mind turns them into images that help them perceive better. Every day is a new opportunity to learn something new, something astonishing about yourself. Well, knowledge is the power that can be used to change your state of mind and enhance wellness. Find some good books to read for the weightlifting of your brain. The beauty of reading is that each one of us experiences books in our own ways, through our lenses.

Here we mentioned some of the great benefits of reading for you!

  • Reading Reduces Stress

Take out time for yourself when daily stress is taking its toll. A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. Reading helps faster in reducing stress than sipping a coffee or listening to music. You can read whatever book you want, whether it be fiction, non-fiction, or motivational books to stimulate your mind.

  • Increases Imagination and Creativity

According to the researcher, Dr Lynell Burmark, the visual imagery is programmed in the human brain. We build images in our minds when we read, which helps us in remembering things a lot faster.

  • Helps in Writing

Expand your vocabulary and write in a perfect formal way by experiencing a good study. You can find some good books with different perspectives to read, or you can come up with your idea for writing.

  • Enhances Quality Time With Your Family

Reading improves quality time with your children. Research confirms that reading books to children promotes cognitive skills in children. They absorb things faster and develop the ability to communicate adequately. In today’s digital environment, it is encouraged that children may catch out some time to read with their parents. It will lift the confidence of the child and will provide the capacity to focus.

  • It Is Fun

Why get bored when you can read a good book? Read books about nature, inventions, space or general knowledge. Find some good novels to read to kill time. Stick yourself to a good book and it will take you on a magical ride with your favorite characters.

Here are some of our best up-coming books by our top-notch writers to get you started:
 

 

Narrative Techniques in The Thousand and One Nights and Its Impact on World Fiction

Book: Narrative Techniques in The Thousand and One Nights and Its Impact on World Fiction

Author: Dr. Sharifah bint Mohammad bin Naser Al-Oboudi

Enjoy reading the history of The Thousand and One Nights and its impact on world literature and literary figures. Figure the uniformity of the techniques with the later fabricated literary approaches of metafiction. The book mentions the extended legacy of Egyptian fiction writer and Noble Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz’s short but abridged novel, Layali Alf Laylah (interpreted into English as Arabian days and nights). This book also highlights the legacy of the American fictionist and critic, John Barth, it concentrates on his short story collection, Ten Nights and a Night: Eleven Stories.
 

 

The Flute Boy

Book: The Flute Boy

Author: Fanny FM

Experience a melodic curve in the story of a poor orphan boy who delights a beautiful princess by the tune of his flute.
 

 

 

 

The Mysterious Shadow

Book: The Mysterious Shadow

Author: Amna Salem bin Hashel

Sophie Bethalion, a school going girl, sees a mysterious shadow on her way to school. She starts observing the same shadow quite often. One day, she takes a day off from school due to heavy snowfall. However, she doesn’t stop investigating about the shadow. Read this new fiction release and solve the puzzle of the mysterious shadow. From where did this shadow come? Make head or tail of this interesting shadow with Sophie.
 

 

 

 

Travelers’ Tales

Book: Traveler’s Tales

Author: Ruhie Jamshed

Enjoy the 15 travel stories by Dubai residents from all over the world, who love to imprison their thoughts on paper. From mysteries to love stories to the ones that inspire, this book will take you on a roller coaster ride where you’ll feel all kinds of emotions.

 

 

 

 
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