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I love books!  I am an avid reader.  I'm also a best-selling author busily at work on my next book.

You can learn just about anything you need to know from books.  And they are so accessible now.  I prefer actual physical books.  But if you don't have a lot of room for bookshelves or if you're just not the bibliophile that I am, we have ebooks.  Kindle and Nook make books available almost anywhere.  And now with apps available, you can even get them on your smartphone. 

The only problem is, if you're like me, it can be hard to remember everything you read. 

Say I'm reading a book on video marketing.  Now I know I need to do more video but I'm not quite there yet.  But this is great information.  I'll add it to my strategy when I implement video marketing in a big way.

But three months or six months or even a year later - when I'm finally ready - I can't remember exactly what to do.  And I've read so many books since then that I can't remember where I read it.  So now what do I do?  The advice was great as I recall and could probably make a big difference in my marketing.

Enter the book journal. Like a diary a book journal chronicles your life through the books you read. With every book you read, you add an entry detailing important information like title, author, and most important, key ideas or notes you want to remember.  Some also have areas where you can detail your thoughts and reflections on what you read.  The one I use also has an area where I can list books I want to read.  Have you ever had an author recommend another book?  And later when you go to purchase or borrow it, you can't remember the title?  Never happens to me anymore!

Will a book journal be helpful to you?  That depends on how much you read.  I read every day.  If that sounds like you, a book journal can definitely be beneficial.  If you only read a few books a year, it might not be that important.

If you decide you could definitely use a book journal, the next decision is what type.  You shouldn't rely on one of those cheap coil-bound notebooks.  You want something that will last.  Leatherbound if possible.

Wondering what to write about in your journal?  Well, you want to note all the pertinent information.  Remember, this is supposed to help you remember information you read or at least help you find where you read it once you need it.  So, title and author.

Then write down things that interest you.  Like the information I saw on video marketing. 

Look for memorable quotes.  In this age of quote images, having some quotes handy that struck a chord with you can help when you want to create some original images of your own.

You can also comment on what you read.  I recently read a book on what sets world class performers apart from the rest of the world.  And I found myself actually commenting to myself on things I agreed with and things I didn't.  I jotted those thoughts down in my book journal and I'm considering a blog post on the topic based on my notes.

One more way to keep your journaling interesting is note where and when you read the book and maybe some of the circumstances surrounding your life.  Then you can go back at some future date and see how much your life and perspective have changed since you read the book.

I use a book journal.  I find it invaluable.  So of course I have my favorites.  Here are my recommendations, all available on Amazon!