Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

Remembering What You Read . . .

There are a few books I’ll never forget—oh, sure, I may not remember every detail; but, I remember the thrust of the story and certain scenes.

But, for the thousands of books I’ve read in my nearly-seven decades


Let’s just say there’ve been quite a few times I’ve started a book and suddenly, 50 to 100 pages in, realized I’d read it before.

It’s a bit late for me to mend my ways and take measures to document my reading; though, even if you’re in your 40s, you may want to take some counsel from Elizabeth Dillow.

She has an article on Nerdy Book Club called, Keeping Track.

It begins with a fascinating story about her grandmother and Peyton Place; then, her own adventure of reading (in the 5th grade) The Callender Papers.

Then, she says:

“We will probably never know the books our ancestors once loved, but there is an easy solution to make sure this fate does not befall our children, grandchildren, or other loved ones: keep track of what we read. Documenting this information is like carefully preserving a key that unlocks the door to knowing more about ourselves and those who came before us.”

I’ll let you take that link to Elizabeth’s article for the details of her recommendations for documenting what you read; but, here’s a list of her topics:

Keep a reading journal.

Regularly log and review books online.

Build a visual record of the books you read.

Ask older family members to share the books they’ve loved in their lives.

Encourage students to document their own reading.

And, she ends with:

“Go ahead, start today. In a year—or a lifetime—you’ll be amazed at how keeping track can grow a love of reading beyond what you thought was possible.”

All I can add is, Go ahead, start today and read Elizabeth’s full article :-)
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2 responses to “Remembering What You Read . . .

  1. libraryassociate July 22, 2015 at 10:58 am

    My mentor is an author and a great orator. He constantly tells me about the importance of reading. I think ‘Keeping Track’ means everything towards getting the most out of the reading process. I’ll be sharing this with my students!


  2. Alexander M Zoltai July 22, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Good on ya—say “Hi” to your students for me :-)


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