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A Book Journal Is a Great Way to Improve Your Reading Skills
A reading log or book journal is a great place to react to what you read. Certain questions should be considered when creating one.

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A reading log

A reading log

A reading log is a place to write down your reactions to what you're reading.

Doing this will allow you to gain insight into the theme and plot, will help you understand wha...

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How to Keep a Reading Journal

Start by writing down your immediate reactions as you read through the book.

  • How do your impressions change halfway through the book?
  • How do you feel after finishing...

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Characters in the Book

Write about the characters, considering these questions:

  • Which character do you like the most? Why?
  • Is there a character you dislike? Why?
  • Do you thi...

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Names Used in the Book

Consider the names in the book, using these questions:

  • If you were the author, would you have changed the name of a character or the location of a scene?
  • What does t...

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Upon finishing the book

When you have more questions than answers, ask yourself:

  • What are these questions?
  • Would you like to direct your questions to a particular character?

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Taking Notes

  • If and an idea from the book makes you stop and think, write it down and elaborate on it
  • Copy your favorite quotes and line into your journal. Explain why you wrote the...

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Tips on keeping a book log

A book journal can work well for poetry, plays, and other literature.

Consider reading about the reading experiences of other great writers. You may even compare notes.

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