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    Why Keep Track of the Books You Read?

    You may be wondering why I want to keep track of all the books I read to my children.

    I started recording the books I read to the kids in a basic Excel document in January 2015 – alphabetical by author and title of the book.  I also I added the date we finished the book and my own personal rating since the kids aren’t old enough to give their ratings.

    I know you may be thinking, that sounds great, but what’s the advantage? Well, I started keeping track because at the time I was reading lots of books and I found it hard to remember which ones the kids and I liked most.  Since I stared tracking our reading I’ve found other, unexpected advantages:

    • It’s clear where my current reading has been lacking or thriving.
    • It’s makes it a whole lot easier to recommend books to others. By keeping track, I can just refer back to my handy-dandy list.  Or better yet, refer them to my blog.
    • I am able to see how our reading has evolved over time.
    • It’s easier to set reading goals for the kids and for myself.
    • I can see what types of books the kids enjoyed the most based on the topics of each book and the rating assigned.
    • It gives me insight to the changes I’ve made in my life life based on my reading choices. I love being reminded of what’s made me think, made me cry, made me change.
    • I enjoy being able to see metrics on my own reading. What portion of fiction books do I read verses nonfiction? What was the longest book I read this year?  Is any of this information life-saving? No, but it’s fun for me. 🙂

    Now that I have this blog in place I’ll be able to record the books I read as well as the books I read to the kids.

    Your turn:  How do you keep track of books that you read or books you read to your children?  Feel free to share in the comments.