Book logging technique – BTMS

It has been almost half a year since I post something meaningful. My interest has been expanded to many different topics: robotics, arduino project, K12 STEM education since my trip to Peru & Bolivia. In my near future posting, I will write what I have been thinking and doing so far.

I love reading books. After reading a book, I usually put it back to the shelf. Sometimes, I make my mental note by folding a corner of a page that has a key concept (mostly I read during my commute). However, I just don’t put enough effort into making a book log after complete the book. Last year, I read a book about reading technique. The author of that book quits his job and read 3000 books in 3 years every single day (9-5) at the library. He expanded his knowledge into various subjects. From a normal business man to consultant, writer, and speaker, the author changed his life by reading books! From the book, he shares his book logging technique and I’d like to share the technique in this posting.

I have used the technique right after I read. Initially I wrote it on a paper journal, but I found it hard to reference back because it is not in a digital format. One benefit I recognized was that I remember the message from the book clearly after a year. The theory is simple. When people read a book, people usually don’t spend enough time to think and write about the book that they have read. Of course, I don’t see point of writing a book log for a fiction and a novel. Probably, technical books will not gain too much value from book logging. I think MMOST technique will be more useful for technical books because the objective is to understand and apply exact knowledge right away with your own requirements.

Here is the book log template. It consists of 4 sections: Book, Think, Mind, Summary (BTMS)

First, “Book”

  • Describe my thought on the book or subject before reading.
  • Describe core concept, sentences, messages that I captured from the book after reading.

Second, “Think”

  • My opinion about the author before reading.
  • New things I have learned or realized after reading.

Third, “Mind”

  • Describe state of consciousness and reflect against my current situation or life.
  • Describe change and expansion of consciousness in my life.

Fourth, “Summary”

  • Write one sentence summary about the book.
  • Describe any action that you’d do to reflect your thoughts & changes from the book.
  • Describe how to do?

I tend to put off book logging because of procrastination. Bad… However, as I wrote more book logs thesedays, I begin to realize how important it is to write a book log. It is better to be done within a week of finish. Hope this technique helps.




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