I take the girls to the library and they return with dozens of books. I hope they’re going to keep the girls happy for a very long time.
“You’ve read all of them? Already?”
They nod their heads.
I’m not planning another trip into town for a few days so I say, “How about reading the books I sent to your Kindles… and there’s plenty of books on our shelves… “
So the girls devour some of the books we own while they wait to exchange the ones from the library. They read book after book after book. And all those books give me an idea.
“Wouldn’t it be great to keep track of all the books you read?” I say. “Why don’t you start an Evernote reading notebook and record them all?”
The girls want to hear more so I expand my idea: “You could…
- Copy and paste an image of each book’s cover into a note.
- Copy and paste the book blurb from Amazon.
- Add the book genre.
- Write a few words about your reaction to the book… what you enjoyed most, what you didn’t like… and was it interesting, exciting, funny…?”
- Add a favourite quote (if you want).
- Include a star rating out of five (use a star icon).
- Include books you’d like to read in the future.”
“You could add DNF (did not finish) and the reason why.”
We talk about the benefits of keeping a reading notebook:
- It would be quick and easy to put together, and more fun than writing book reviews.
- It might be interesting to look back at all the books read: a trail of books going back weeks, months and eventually years.
- Everyone could share each other’s notebooks.
- A notebook might be useful.
“When I’m writing my book blog posts,” says Imogen. “I often have trouble remembering all the wonderful books I’ve read.”
I know what she means. When I was writing my post Five Favourite Read-Aloud Book Series, I was absolutely sure we’d read many great books together. But naming them? I had to search my memory and ended up asking, “Girls, what books did we enjoy reading together?” It would have been much easier if I’d had a notebook to consult.
So the girls decide to create Evernote reading notebooks. I think I’d enjoy putting one together too. There’s only one problem: I might actually have to finish the books I start. Otherwise my notebook might end up having only entries like this:
DNF: I got distracted by a new book I just had to begin before finishing this one.
Then I remember I have read a few books that I couldn’t put down until the very last page, like Ellen Gable‘s novels:
So what do you think? Would you use Evernote to keep a reading notebook? Would your children?
PS I think you can do something similar on Goodreads:
Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future. Don’t stop there – join a discussion group, start a book club, contact an author, and even post your own writing.
And that does sound good, but I don’t really want to get involved with yet one more online community.
Talking of books, I’ve recently posted some book links on my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page (in between the soup recipes!) Come over and have a look!