A Bookish Craft to Help You Track Your Reading…

Too often Mary and I read library books or listen to audiobooks only to forget that we ever read them–without that spine on our bookshelves, it’s easy to forget.  In 2013, Mary and I decided to start keeping a master list of every book we read … and we decided to make it GIGANTIC. We did this by painting over an old piece of thirftstore art with white primer: 


We decided to leave a tree and girl on horseback just for fun: 


Then we started writing down the titles of books that we read with a black Sharpie. I was House Scrivener because Mary has the handwriting of a serial killer:


Our rules were pretty simple. Only write each title once (per year). That means if we both read a book or if we re-read something, it wouldn’t clutter our list: 

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One year into the experiment, it’s become a nice ritual. You’d be surprised how the prospect of adding to the list motivates you to finish a book! Here’s the list hanging above our piano in the library: 

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I like the idea that in 30 years, we will have an entire room filled with pictures like this! 


4 Comments Leave a Comment

  • Mary Auxier says:

    Actually, this was no thrift store painting, but an awesomely terrible landscape we salvaged from my grandparents’ home. We kept the girl on the horse because she reminds me (and probably reminded my grandparents) of my mom as a girl.

  • John Strong says:

    That’s a great idea. I’m adding it to Pinterest! :)

  • This is the BEST!!! I can’t wait to do this (although I may have my kids do it, too, so it’ll be much more, um, messy)

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