My new Google Forms Reading Log!

Hi friends! I’m breaking the hiatus for just a minute here – for ALL of my news, head on over to Instagram as usual. I’ve also been writing weekly at Frolic.media – if you have missed those, definitely go catch up!

Okay, making this post as short as possible so I can get back to reading and creating! Remember my book journal? Well, I’m still doing that, don’t worry. However, I have learned so so so much and made a lot of changes since January. If you are on Insta and want to watch a rambling 10 min IGTV video about my journal, head over to my profile to watch!

One of the main things I am realizing is that while I love the tactile nature of my journal and I love putting the picture stickers in it, I hate actually writing in it. I like the hashmarks and the visual depictions of my reading trends, but I don’t want to handwrite. At all. Therefore, I’m combining the best parts of my nerd brain and my pretty things brain and I have created a digital reading log in the form of a Google Form that feeds into a Google Sheet. It will allow me to sort and search and all kinds of nerdy stuff AND will provide me with monthly numbers that I can add to my reading journal so I can have it in there along with all of the pictures and such. I have created a homescreen icon of the form on my phone so I can use it just like Goodreads (which of course I’ll still be using for reviews!) – I created the header for the form specifically to look pretty on mobile 😉

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This form and resulting spreadsheet will also help me create specifically curated book lists for recommendations and for the other outlets where I publish bookish content.

Okay, here are screenshots of the form for you to see – I can’t actually share the form itself with you here because I certainly don’t want you inputting YOUR books in it, do I? However, because I’m a giver, I WILL send you a copy of the form to adapt for your own use if you email me at theloudlibrarylady@gmail.com – I do ask that if I send it to you and you use it in any way, that you give me credit in any blog posts or social media posts about it.

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NOTE – I have already edited the form to make ebook and audio source NOT required questions, but I refuse to redo the screenshots here 😉

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Please note: I really WANT data on the race (White vs POC) of authors I am reading, but I decided not to include it because I honestly don’t always KNOW the race of the author, and who am I to make that conclusion? It’s not like it’s right to Google an author photo and make a judgement on that, names don’t help and it just feels wrong to include statistics that might not be accurate. I include author gender because that can be found by pronouns used, and since I include an “other” for authors who prefer to use “they/their”, I feel safer keeping these statistics. In case you were wondering, a transgender author who identifies as female is listed as female and same for male.

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No – that’s not a typo – it’s all about the multiple secondary characterS and it’s not possessive because the other one wasn’t and just back off grammar police.

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And see there on the bottom row of the main screen? Just like an app! I’ll be entering the majority of these on my phone since I hate pulling my computer out for “fun” stuff like reading.

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Okay, that was enough for today. Shoot me an email if you would like a copy of the form to edit for yourself! I’ll send you a copy, you will then MAKE A COPY OF IT to use as you wish, making sure to give me credit if you share about it anywhere.

Back to summer……..

6 thoughts on “My new Google Forms Reading Log!

  1. Nice. I’ve been using a Google spreadsheet all year. I tried a form, but I sometimes fill it out before I finish a book, so that didn’t work so well for me. I like the ability to create graphs from the information. Happy digital book journaling!

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  2. Yes!!! I’m a grade 6 Hunanities teacher who runs book clubs for grade 5-12 students. We spend first 15 minutes of class reading and/or book talking. This will be awesome! Kindly, Natalie Belli

    On Wed, Aug 1, 2018 at 7:03 PM The Loud Library Lady wrote:

    > theloudlibrarylady posted: “Hi friends! I’m breaking the hiatus for just a > minute here – for ALL of my news, head on over to Instagram as usual. I’ve > also been writing weekly at Frolic.media – if you have missed those, > definitely go catch up! Okay, making this post as short as poss” >

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