First, Happy New Year!! I can't believe it is 2014. Seems like we were just celebrating the new century and goodness that was now 14 years ago. Wow! Anyway, today I wanted to share my new book log.
Several times in the past I have tried to keep book logs. I LOVE them. There is something about keeping track of the books you have read that is just wonderful. Well, I have found that my previous systems do not contain all of the information that I like to have. So, guess what that meant—time for a re-do!
I have had a pink Filofax personal-sized binder for quite some time. I haven't used it in a while so it was perfect for my new book log. I did notice that they have the same binder but in chocolate brown on sale right now. It was originally $99 and is on sale for $29.70. It's really pretty and will work perfect for my new system. Click here to see the binder that is on sale.
For this project I am using library cards again. You have seen me use these library cards for several projects. They work great for SO many things. I love keeping prayer requests on them too. You can see that post by clicking here. I buy them from amazon.com (click here).
To prepare the cards, I first punch holes in them. I punch about 10 cards at one time using my WRMK Crop-a-Dile. I do have a Filofax punch but it only punches one card at a time. I used it to create a template. I then clamp the 10 cards together and use the template to punch the stack of cards. I keep the template in the back of my binder.
On each library card, I print a small picture of the book. Yes, I should not judge a book by it's cover but I do. The cover is what draws me to a book. I am also a very visual person. Just seeing the title does not help me but having a picture of the cover works wonders!
To get the pictures, I—
- Find the book online.
- Right click on the photo to copy the picture.
- Paste it into Microsoft Word.
- Resize the picture to 1" wide.
- Print and adhere to the card.
- No. of Pages
- Kindle or Paperback book
- Price Paid
- Retail Price
- Date Purchased
- Date Started reading book
- Date finished reading book
- Notes on the back of the library card about the book along with the book rating
Here is a picture of the front of a card:
Having these individual cards means that I can organize by title, date read, year, anything. I really love it. And when my binder gets full, it will be easy to pull out some of the cards and store them in a box and put in any order I wish to keep them.
I hope you have found this helpful. Have fun, and happy reading in 2014!