Sep. 20, 2021

A Helpful System To Track Your Reading

Hey y'all, welcome to post # 002 !

Today, I want to explain the importance of logging what you have read, and preserving that log of everything you have read each year...

Now, other than reading Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and a book (I cannot remember the name) about the Yellow Fever outbreak of 1793, I never consciously chose to read for its own enjoyment or for gaining wisdom as a kid.

It was not until July of 2013 when I was 17 years old that I ever considered the importance of reading. I was basically all the way out of school then, and never comprehended it!

When I became a Christian at that age and time, I was almost struck dead by my own willful ignorance to anything and everything. I learned that God had created me for a plan and purpose, and that plan did not include me failing to develop my mind.
So I read a lot of non-fiction books to catch me up on what I had missed.

After a few years of enjoying this, I spoke with people who engaged a lot with novels. I learned that it is an important and good thing to also read enjoyable stories, and they can be beneficial for us just like how non-fiction is. Things can be done in fiction that non-fiction cannot depict or reveal.

Well, so I was in college and looking back on things I had read before and books I had thrown away. I could hardly remember even the names of the books I had read. A large number of them I completely forgot about! I was frustrated because a book can take a certain percentage of your life's time away, be it a week or even a month. You cannot get that time back.
Frustrated, I began to utilize my favorite piece of information storage software, Evernote, to make sure I could remember what I had read and give me a glimpse of my past reading experiences. Doing this, helped me to direct myself into accomplishing reading goals.

So I would like to ask:

Do you have a similar problem as what I once did?

Perhaps it feels like your reading has gone in one eye and out the other?

Well I encourage you to make a system that works for you.

But I want to show you my system here in the hopes of inspiring you to do something simple that will go a long way in helping you to remember what you have read in the past and help serve as data points that give you a perspective to work from in your future goals.

If you want to read more, read less, focus your reading, or diversify it—this system will come in handy.

I have a list here below, and when I see each title, it makes the lessons or the most gripping portions of each book start flowing back into my consciousness.

So here is my list of what I have read each year since 2018, when I began to track my reading. (Note: I initially left the author's name out but include that in my later reading log)

Books Read in 2018
"Bad Arguments"
Elements of Eloquence
Guide to Christian Apologetics
Do More Better
Becoming a Godly Husband
The Prodigal God
They Laughed About Prayer
The Keys to Grapeness
A Life Well Lived: Ecclesiastes
The Intellectuals
Prayers For People Under Pressure
Hebrew in 6 Weeks
Rethinking Sexuality
Pure Desire
Winning The Battle Over Temptation
Choosing The Extraordinary Life
For The Glory: Untold Story of Eric Liddell

Books Read in 2019
To Hell and Back
The Odyssey
Fool's Talk
The 3 Big Questions For A Frantic Family
Casino Royale
12 Rules for Life
My Share of the Task
Aesop's Fables
Dieppe 1942
On Combat
Letters to a Young Poet
The Essential Trinity
The Prince
Leadership in the Shadows
C.S. Lewis: A Life
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Why Men Hate Going to Church
Gates of Fire
Garden City: Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human
The Art of War
The Analects (Confucius)
The Doctrine of the Mean (Confucius)
The Great Learning (Confucius)
The Servant
On Jesus
Wild at Heart
Fear & Trembling
The Book of Five Rings
As a Man Thinketh
Nikola Tesla: Imagination and The Man Who Invented the 20th Century
How To Start a Fire With Water
The Art of Peace
Divine Comedy: Inferno

Books Read in 2020
Til We Have Faces: A Myth Retold [CS Lewis]
Manalive [GK Chesterton]
Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing [Søren Kierkegaard]
Delta Force [Col. Charles Beckwith]
Philosophy: 100 Essential Thinkers [Philip Stokes]
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot [Lynne Black Jr.]
Boundaries [Henry Cloud]
Pensées [Blaise Pascal]
Pursuit of God [AW Tozer]
The Compleat Angler [Izaak Walton]
Brave New World [Aldous Huxley]
Jesus Was An Airborne Ranger [John McDougall]
The Chocolate Soldier [C.T. Studd]
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades) [Robert Spencer]
Arsène Lupin [Maurice LeBlanc]
Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People [S. Truett Cathy]
CIA Manual for Psychological Operations in Guerilla Warfare [CIA]
The Compleat Gentleman [Brad Miner]
Hagakure [Yamamoto Tsunetomo]
The Killer Elite [Michael Smith]
Echideron [Epictetus]
Renovation of the Heart [Dallas Willard]
Leap Over A Wall [Eugene Peterson]
Igniting Movements [Damon Friedman]
Get Your Life Back [John Eldredge]
Boys Adrift [Dr. Leonard Sax]
Once an Eagle [Anton Myrer]
The Mirror Test [J. Kael Weston]
Common Sense [Thomas Paine]
The Republic [Plato]
Every Man’s Battle [Stephen Arterburn]
Don Quixote [Miguel de Cervantes]
Bartleby, the Scrivener [Herman Melville]
Daniel, Man of God [D.L. Moody]
Moby Dick [Herman Melville]
War is a Racket [Smedley Butler]
The Screwtape Letters [CS Lewis]
The Great Divorce [CS Lewis]
Life Together [Dietrich Bonhoeffer]
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer [CS Lewis]
Five Years to Freedom [James N. Rowe]
The Brothers Karamazov [Fyodor Dostoevsky]

Books Fully Read in 2021
The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
Genesis by Derek Kidner
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Present Age by Soren Kierkegaard
The Terminal List by Jack Carr
The Chip by TR Reid
True Believer by Jack Carr
War With The Newts by Karel Čapek
The Confessions by Augustine
Savage Son by Jack Carr
About Face by David Hackworth
Kaiju of Biblical Proportions by Jamin Bradley
Fearless by Eric Blehm
Bandersnatch by Diana Pavlac Glyer
Run with the Horses by Eugene Peterson
Theogeny by Hesiod

I share these to show you my system, and also to share some good books.
But be warned, not all of these were created equal. Some were good, some were eh.

Thanks for reading y'all! Give Evernote a try if you ever need a good place to store things! Available in both free and paid versions.

Peace/Shalom! : )