Do you write down every book you read? I do!

Early 2010 I started writing down all the books I read. Partly to see how many books I read in a year–but also to remind myself in case I forget…

In the past year I have read–on top of all the reading I do for my clients and the submissions I read–41 books!

For those interested in what I read, because that’s what I’m looking for in the queries that come in, below is a list of my recent literary triumphs:

The Good Daughters

The Slap

The Birth House

The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing

No and Me

Arrival City

The Postmistress

French Women Don’t Get Fat


By Nightfall

Never Let Me Go

Something Borrowed

Something Blue

Remember Me?

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The Hunger Games

Catching Fire


The Tiger’s Wife

The Secret Daughter

Nineteen Minutes

The Night Circus

The Paris Wife

The Underside of Joy

Birds of Paradise

Heart of the Matter

Let the Great World Spin

One Day

With Your Crooked Heart



Girls in White Dresses

The Three Weissmans of Westport

Far to Go

Women Up On Blocks

The Sense of an Ending

The Submission

The Leftovers

The Marriage Plot

Steve Jobs


I am currently reading 1Q84. What are you reading?

Published by Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a SVP, senior literary agent and director of literary branding with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial and upmarket fiction, select literary fiction, platform-driven non fiction and select memoir. She occasionally represents children's book projects. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

10 thoughts on “Do you write down every book you read? I do!

  1. I do this too, also mainly because I wanted to see how many books I read in a year. My aim is to get to 50, but in the three years I’ve been doing this I’ve only made it 40. (only on 35 so far this year!)

    I was interested to read your list, but found myself craving a brief review of each book (I know – incredibly time-consuming and probably not possible!)

    Last year a friend bought me a ‘reading journal’ for Christmas, so I can scribble down some notes about each book, and this has proved very useful for recommending to friends or for writing reviews for my blog.


    1. I think it’s a great idea to write them all down. I am going to continue to do it and next time when I write this post I’ll include a note as to what I thought. I don’t do reviews on my blog, but next time I’ll be happy to share a few quick thoughts.

      Everyone should have a reading journal!


  2. I do this to!In a list with title, autor,date and language. It helps me to remember the content of the books!Even if I look a little bit crazy…=)


    1. I write mine in a little notebook I got in the Netherlands that has Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring on the cover, also the cover of the novel with the same title! Feels like my little literary journal.


  3. I have been keeping a reading list since 2004 – it started because I sometimes forget what I read and want to remember the good ones and not return to the bad books. It turned into kind of a journal that I hope my daughter can use when she is older to enjoy reading.


    1. I almost got a little teary-eyed, what a beautiful sentiment. We can only hope we have children that love to read so they can inherit our shelves of books ;)

      Remembering the good and the bad is a good tip. I might need to start putting a star beside them, or writing in coloured pens.

      Thanks, Emily!


  4. Another great post, Carly! I use Good Reads to track what I’m reading. I’ve just started using it this year, although I’m still debating about using a notebook instead. For one thing, a notebook will always be there (while I can’t control what happens to Good Reads).

    It’s interesting to look back over the mix of what I’ve read so far this year. I had no idea I read so much non-fiction. I wish I had been tracking my reading for a long time like Emily C above!

    I’m going to have to add several of the books on your list to mine – thank you!


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