Lifetime Reading List: 100 Books to Remember
The Lifetime Reading List is a simple, compact booklet that can help students establish a habit of creating a lifelong reading log. If you’ve ever wanted to revisit a book you’ve read, but can’t remember what it was, you need to keep a reading list!
Through a lifetime of reading, I found that it was impossible to keep track of my books without writing down what I read, but it was a hard habit to establish until I stopped trying to find time for detailed book journal entires and settled on an organized, short and sweet format. Having just enough space for essential information plus about three sentences of commentary or review made the record-keeping process feel manageable. And when things feel manageable, they stand a chance of getting done!
Benefits of the Lifetime Reading List
- Compact size is quick and easy to update and keeps record-keeping from being overwhelming
- Instructions and two filled-out model pages help students see examples of different comment types
- Having just 100 books per volume provides a reachable goal for beginning or reluctant readers
- The 100-book size gives avid readers an opportunity to establish a consistent habit of concise recording, and makes it easy to find and re-read favorites
- A personal reading log is an excellent supplement to the basic student record
- Each Lifetime Reading List has space to record the log number and dates it covers
The Peaceful Planning system also includes:
- 12-Year Planner
- K-8 Student Record
- High School Student Record
- Lifetime Reading List: 100 Books to Remember
Just FYI: I eventually plan to offer a couple of alternate covers for the Lifetime Reading List, but haven’t created them yet.
“I consider as lovers of books not those who keep their books hidden in their store-chests and never handle them,
but those who, by nightly as well as daily use thumb them, batter them, wear them out, who fill out all the margins with annotations of many kinds,
and who prefer the marks of a fault they have erased to a neat copy full of faults.”
Letter to an unidentified friend (1489), as translated in Collected Works of Erasmus (1974), p. 114