What You Learn from Writing a Book Journal

Marisa Mohi
5 min readNov 16, 2022

If you’ve ever thought about tracking your reading habits, you’ve probably considered writing a book journal where you track all the books you’ve read. A book journal is easy to set up and helps you learn more about yourself as a reader.

Yes, there are super pretty book journals all over Instagram, and yeah. You’re going to feel compelled to make a fancy, energy-intensive book journal when you start out. But know that you don’t have to.

In fact, the simpler your method, the more likely you are to keep writing a book journal. But don’t let simple make you think you aren’t going to get anything out of it.

How to Make a Book Summary Journal

You can absolutely search Pinterest for a book journal PDF if that’s your thing. And if you want a small reading journal to take with you, I created the Pocket Reading Journal just for you. But if you want to make your own, I’ve got your back.

001: Decide what you’ll track.

Before you dive in, you need to know what you want to write about in your book journal. Some people like to add plot summaries. Some people like publisher info.

Everyone is different, but before you start, you need to think about the information you want to have in your book journal.

You can keep it minimal by recording the title, author, and your personal rating for the book. Or, you can go more in-depth and include quotes from the book that you enjoyed as well as your own analysis of the story.

Whatever you decide, make a list of what you’ll be writing about and think about how you’d like to format it and how much space you’ll need for it.

002: Grab a notebook.

Once you know how much space you’ll need to journal about a book, it’s time to grab a notebook. This is a great use of an old blank journal. Of course, it’s also a great excuse to buy a new notebook.

Again, think about what you’ll be tracking and think about what sort of pages will help you journal the way you want to. I’m a blank page or grid user myself. I know everyone and their brother loves a good dot grid since bullet journaling busted onto the scene…

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Marisa Mohi

Writer and Tarot Reader. Fueled by black coffee and notebooks with thick paper. https://marisamohi.com