just introducing you to my quote book – and i’m giving one* away… read to the end!
I’ve kept a journal of quotes from my reading for a few years now and would highly recommend it as a way to keep track of books you’ve read or quotes that have meant something to you. Some versions of this kind of journal might be called a commonplace book – a term hundreds of years old. A commonplace book was almost like a scrapbook, in which facts gathered or quotes or information the writer would want to remember was kept.
Since I’m still partial to holding a book in my hands – as opposed to e-reader books which lose all sense of romance and adventure when reducing the words to Arial 12 pt on a digital device prone to losing battery charge – it only makes sense that I would also have Very Particular Feelings about how I keep track of quotes and notes I’d like to remember. #nerd
I buy the traditional Moleskine journal. Find just the right pen and buy them by the dozen.
While I’m reading, I take a picture of the quote with my phone if I’m not near my notebook. (Yes, I realize I just bashed digital technology above, but taking a quick snapshot of the page with the quote on it helps my reading not be interrupted.) About once a month I write these quotes down.
Current favorite verse: I Samuel 12:24
If the journal and pen are right by me when I read, of course I’ll just write them down in the book. At times, I’ll put the date by the quote – just to remember when I was reading, which sometimes helps explain why a certain quote stood out to me.
A favorite quote of mine by my daughter a couple years ago.
I’m not super strict about my quotes being particularly insightful or intelligent – in fact, lots of quotes in my current book are lines from movies or TV shows that made me laugh. And some are my own kids’ quotes I want to remember. Keep a list of books read in the back of the book for your records and you’ve got a great memento of your time reading.
Truth well stated.
Because that’s the whole entire complete WHY of reading… did it affect you? Did it change you? Did it make you stop and take a picture of the words and write them down? In this way, you’ve written – in a sense – your own book.
Want to win your own 5×7 moleskine journal and one of my favorite pens? Submit a comment on this post (or on Facebook) telling me what a favorite quote of yours is, or whether you keep a commonplace book or just say hi! I’ll choose a winner Thursday, March 3.
*The quote book I’m giving away does not come with quotes… ha! You go enjoy finding your own!