Hello bookworms! Happy New Year! I’m so looking forward to another year of reading, journaling, and podcasting about books! Today I wanted to share with you my 2023 Book Journal! I’m using a grid notebook from Do Good Paper Co. I added a few pages that I didn’t have last year and I removed a few pages. Last year I tracked audiobooks, thinking that tracking it would help me listen to them. But listening to audiobooks really gets in the way of all the podcasts I listen to. I always found myself turning on a podcast instead, so I’ve removed that page! I also spent a lot of time hand drawing a big bookshelf last year that had 150 empty book spines on it. I only read 64 books so that didn’t get filled and I didn’t fill it in very often. I am thinking about doing a digital one on my iPad this year instead, that I can share on Instagram more often. Anyway, let’s get into this year’s journal!
My favourite part of my 2022 journal was writing notes (thoughts/feelings/quotes/reviews) about each book I read and recording the start and finish date. So that will continue and my monthly Angie Way schedule which includes a page tracker.
For the Best Book Bracket I choose my favourite book from each month and they battle it out to see which book will be my favourite book of the year. I’ve already mentioned my Angie Way schedule, if you don’t know what that is, click here. But with my monthly page tracker, I record my total pages read for the month. Then I transfer that total to the Total Pages for 2023 page, and at the end of the year I get big impressive number!
The next page is to record a list of all the Nonfiction Books I manage to read. I gave myself the goal this year to read 10 nonfiction books. I only managed 6 last year, so I’m really hoping to improve on that. I also am attempting again 23 Books for 2023. Last year I didn’t do very well on this but I chose books that I felt obligated to read and not so much that I wanted to read. These are all books that have been on my shelves for a while and I still haven’t read. So this year I hope to do better. Here are the all the books I chose for 2023:
- Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
- Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
- The Poppy War by RF Kuang
- Burnout by Emily Nagoski
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
- The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
- Nocturna by Maya Motayne
- The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
- Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
- The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab
- Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
- Jade City by Fonda Lee
- Ledge by Stacey McEwan
- The Fifth Season by N K Jemisin
- The End is Always Near by Dan Carlin
- The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
- Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Soloman
- Euphoria by Lily King
- Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury
- Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
- By the Book by Jasmine Guillory
- Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
I made myself a little cheat sheet to remember which books I preorder, because I often forget and order things twice like an idiot.
And the last page of trackers is my goodreads tracker. My friend Jenn @ExLibrisJenn on Instagram showed me this one and I loved it. She colour coded each month under the grid. So all the books filled in for January in the grid are one colour, February another colour etc. Then in my Angie Way page tracker each month, I keep track of what genres I’m reading. So I want to get a sense of that for the whole year!
So that’s my journal for this year! If you want to see my journal for 2022, check out my reels page on Instagram. I made a little flip through video of it for the end of the year. Let me know what pages you put in your journal and if there’s any you think I should add to mine.