On Keeping a 'Reading Journal':

Working on a PhD involves a striking amount of reading; in my case, a frank disparity between the amount of material consumed and that which is retained. To combat this, I've taken to journalling: chapter summaries. Each 'reading journal' deals with only one text, and each section is composed following engagement with the given chapter that it describes. I'm treating these as writing games of brevity and clarity. Should the process prove effective, I'll post examples.