|Above: The books I checked out just this week!|
Even more surprising - I read most of them. But, if you would ask me to ramble off titles, authors, and the basic premise of each one from memory–I probably couldn't do it. That's opportunity lost, in my opinion.
I'm disappointed in myself, and I'm sure my seventh grade teacher would be disappointed, too.
I didn't write book reports. I'm disappointed in myself, and I'm sure my seventh grade teacher would be disappointed, too.
Today, I thought to myself, wouldn't it be nice if I had made even a small book report on each title? Then I could look up the title when I think,"Oh, that phrase reminds me of that book I read...or what was that nifty device that author used? Which publishing house released a title on pangolins already?" Etc. Etc.
Yes. A million times yes. It would be very nice.
Now, before I commit myself to a goal of writing hundreds of book reports, reality is already settling in. I've come to the conclusion that there are twelve pieces of information most relevant to keeping track of what I've read:
Approx. Word Count
Point of View
Did I like it
Most Interesting Aspect / Notes
Sounds like a spreadsheet to me. Easier than a fleshed-out book report, but enough to refer back to when I've got a manuscript of my own to compare against if I'm considering a similar publishing house, genre, or subject.
What do you think? Do you keep track of all the books you've read? How do you organize your thoughts, notes, and studies of other stories?