Making a Reading List

Making a Reading List
Blog Writers - Wed Nov 20, 2013 @ 01:14PM
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Lists, lists, lists.  This is the season of lists.  Holiday shopping lists, to-do lists, prayer lists, grocery lists...

Can I dare to add one more list to your already list-heavy life?  

A reading list.  I can't begin to tell you how this has helped my reading life.  I don't think everyone needs a reading list but here are just a few ideas to help you manage your reading.  You might find you are just not a list person, but if you thrive off of lists and structure, maybe this will help your book life a little.

{Start with Design}

You can make a list on your mobile device, computer, laptop, or just with pen and paper {the good ole fashion way, the way I do mine}.  If you decide to use your technological whatever, open up a new Word document.  If you are doing pen and paper, get a few sheets ready.

{Continue with Books You Want To Read}

On one sheet of paper, jot down the books you want to read.  You can keep adding to this list, but when you are done, click 'save' or file the paper away.  Whenever I come across a book I would love to read, I just write it on my list.  Books that are read are crossed off and put on my Book Log list (more about that below...)  Break down the books you want to read by genre, such as Literature, History, Nonfiction, and so on.  This keeps the list organized.  I like to add to my list throughout the year, and having categories would be a huge help.

Optional Step {Continue with A Plan}

Make a plan, if you dare, by evenly spreading out the books on your "wanna read" list.  This is totally up to you.  I did not make a plan (I just read the books on my "wanna read" list in any order, but other people schedule their "wanna read" books each month).  If you want to make a plan, evenly distribute the books on a timeframe.  You can also make reading assignments for each month's plan.  What does this look like?  Well, let's say you want to read The Fellowship of the Ring in January.  You have four weeks to do that.  So, you then need to determine how many chapters you need to read per week.  The plan just gives you a way to execute your "wanna read" list so you actually read your want-to-reads!  

{Continue with Books You've Read}

Now's the time to jot down the books you have read.  You can start with the books you have read in the past month, or week...  or you could start from now on jotting them down.  Keep a book log, so to speak.  Include the date you finished the book, if you'd like, the author, and if you wish, a few comments about the book.  Some people go so far as to add a "star rating" for each book, giving it a 1-5 rating (5 being the best, 1 being the worst).  You could also add a symbol (a checkmark, perhaps?) if you think it's a book you'd want to read again (AKA a classic).  
To view a (successful) reading plan in action, click HERE!  
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