Inspired by Effortlessly Reading’s Note Taking post yesterday, I thought I’d discuss my note taking.
I do take notes on the books I read. Mainly because it helps me remember what I want to say in my reviews, because I rarely write them right away. I can take up to 2-3 weeks to write a review, and by that time, unless the book really made an impact, I lose a lot of details.
I don’t usually take notes while I’m reading though. I usually take notes after I’m done a book (or when I call it quits). My notes can be anywhere from 3-4 pointform thoughts, as well as a few key words that the book makes me think of, all the way up to 2 full pages of thoughts. The more notes I take, the more the book affected me, and made me think of things I want to say.
When I go to write my review, my notes are what jog my memory about the book, and usually form the main points of my review.
There has been times where I forget to write notes, and when that happens, I tend to feel a bit panicked and then I forget what the book was about, and what I thought of it. In those cases, I will check out other reviews to jog my memory about the book.
I have been looking at book specific notebooks for a while as a way to boost my notes. You know the ones where there is a page for every book and there are usually questions or titles for each section? I think they would help make my reviews more robust, and maybe cover more of the story. But I’m not convinced I want to think that hard about every read, so for now I’m sticking with my basic notebook. It’s almost full, so it’s time to consider whether I buy another simple notebook or a book review book.
Do you take notes on the books you read? Do you use a regular notebook or a special review-geared book?