Back in September, I decided to begin recording all the books I read and movies I watched, month by month. I saw several people doing that on Instagram and realized it's the sort of thing I would both enjoy doing and value having. A friend gave me this absolutely gorgeous leather journal for my birthday last year, and I decided I wanted it to be dedicated to this use. It's a very fat journal, so it ought to last me for many years. I'm pretty sure it's hand-made, and I love it a lot.
So here's my title page! I later decided to mark the movies I saw in the theater with a star, and went back and added those.
Because I like completeness in my projects, I decided to start this book with my records for January even though I was beginning the project in September. I already write down when I watch movies in my regular journals, as well as when I start and finish books, so I went back through my journals from earlier in the year to fill out the first few months.
It's really interesting to me to watch patterns emerge, like how I'll watch a movie and then watch a different movie in reaction or response. And certain movies show up over and over because I'm such a devoted rewatcher.
Once my kids finished school, my reading really took off.
You can tell where I took breaks from writing and editing Dancing and Doughnuts too, because suddenly my movie-watching spiked.
Then NaNoWriMo hit and my movie-watching took a nose-dive again.
I've loved having these records so much that, over my kids' Christmas Break when I wasn't teaching them for ten whole days, I started going through my very oldest journals and recording what I read and watched years and years ago! I have accurate info from as far back as the summer of 1995 for movies, so that's where I started recording things in this journal:
Want to know what I was reading and watching twenty years ago this month, when I was a freshman in college? Here you go!
Now, this only records what I was reading for fun, not for school, so at some point, I may go back through what papers and notes I've kept from college and see if I can add in all the things I read for classes. I took a lit class almost every semester for four years, so I KNOW I read gobs of things, I just don't have them recorded in my journals.
I've finished off that particular spiral-bound book and am starting another -- I'm up to 2003 now and still loving the process.
Do you keep a monthly record of what you read or watch? Or do you keep a regular journal? What sorts of things do you like to keep records of? I'm curious!