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Reading Journals: Reading Journal

This guide will inspire you to create your own book journal.

A Reading Journal

A Reading Journal is a great place to react to what you read. You can find out exactly how you feel about the characters; you may gain insight about the theme and plot; and you can expand your overall enjoyment of the literature. This guide will help you with ideas, inspiration and make sure your reading journey and journal are amazing. Read these twelve reasons to keep a writer's diary.


"Never trust anyone who has not bought a book" Lemony Snicket


If you decide to journal online then try Penzu, which is free and private.

Use The Reading Journal Prompts to help you on your reading journey and have fun.

Reading Blogs

Use these blogs to explore how people write and record their reactions to reading.


Spine Out

Young Adult Literature

Reading Quotes


There are many opinions on the importance of books and reading. Check out these quotes by famous people. Which one best describes you as a reader?

The Literacy Company

Brainy Quote

Ebook Friendly

Reading Rockets

How and Why we Read - John Green

The girl who hated books

Good Reads

Good Reads is a great site to log your reading, get recommendations from friends and have discussions about your reading. If you don't have an account head there and create one. When you are set up you can:

  • See which books your friends are reading.
  • Track the books you're reading, have read, and want to read.
  • Check out your personalized book recommendations.
  • Find out if a book is a good fit for you from our community’s reviews.

Reading Symbaloo


Did you enjoy keeping a reading journal?
Yes: 25 votes (52.08%)
Somewhat: 18 votes (37.5%)
No: 5 votes (10.42%)
Total Votes: 48
What did you enjoy writing about the most in your reading journal?
Plot/storyline: 9 votes (18.75%)
Characters: 11 votes (22.92%)
Ending of book: 2 votes (4.17%)
Author: 0 votes (0%)
Myself as a reader: 4 votes (8.33%)
My thoughts on the book: 22 votes (45.83%)
Total Votes: 48
What do you consider to be the benefits of keeping a reading journal?
Keeps track of the books I have read: 10 votes (21.28%)
Helps me to understand the book more: 7 votes (14.89%)
Adds to my enjoyment of reading books: 9 votes (19.15%)
Helps me to understand myself as a reader better: 15 votes (31.91%)
Improves my literacy skills: 6 votes (12.77%)
Total Votes: 47
Would you consider keeping a reading journal in the future?
Yes: 22 votes (42.31%)
Maybe: 20 votes (38.46%)
No: 10 votes (19.23%)
Total Votes: 52

Book Nerd Problems