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I LOVE this book -- at least I love the idea of it. I've been wanting to keep some kind of journal/diary that my kids could read someday and learn about me ... this little book is perfect for that!
It asks a simple question each day for a year. There are 4 lines to answer the question, which is great for someone like me who tends to ramble -- the 4 lines ensure a short and sweet response. In front of the 4 lines is a bolded "20__" where you fill out the current year.
Basically, it's set up like a traditional 5-year diary. Each page has 5 groups of 4 lines beginning with 20__. So after you go through a year of answering the questions at the top of the page, you start over again on the second group of lines.
I think it's a great tool to see how you've grown and changed over the course of a year -- as well as how you've stayed the same. I'm excited to see how my answers will vary from year to year.
I know another reviewer gave a good sampling of the questions, so I'll just throw in a few here: "When was the last time you flew on an airplane?" "What's your favorite word (right now)?" and "Write down a problem you solved today."
Now for the reasons I only gave this book 3 stars, even though I love the idea of it:
1. It's tiny, about 6x4 inches. That makes it handy to carry around, but hard to manage when you're trying to hold the book open and write in a very small space.
2. It doesn't lay flat. That's a big pet peeve of mine, especially for a diary or journal. It makes the chore of writing in a tiny space even more of a chore. My first entry is all messy; it feels impossible to write neatly. I'm hoping to get used to it so my printing can be somewhat legible.
I love to buy journals but often have trouble writing in them after just a few initial entries. It could be that life gets too busy or that there seems to be nothing in particular to write about that I will want to remember later. This journal has solved my writer's block by providing questions at the top of each page.
Pros - Each page is dated with the month and day (January 1) - There are five spaces below for the year "20__" so that you can start on the correct date you get the book. You do not have to wait until January to start your journal, but you can, if that's what you would like - There are four lines to write your answer so you will have to be concise
Cons - the binding is tight and the pages are rather small so you have to hold the book open to write in it (so it does not lay flat on it's own) - there is gold foil which lines the outsides of the pages. It looks fantastic now, but I don't know how much it will hold up over the next 5 years - the cover feels a little more like cardboard so the photo is a little misleading, but it is hardcover and sturdy
Something I wish I knew when I purchased it were the types of questions it would ask, so below are a sampling of the types of questions in the book. Some are more exciting and some are more boring but at least this gives you an idea.
Sample Questions: What is your mission? (January 1) Did you kiss someone today? (February 14) Did you sleep alone last night? (March 3) Who are you fooling? (April 1) If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go? (May 25) What makes a good friend? (June 9) _______ is funny. (July 4) Write down your last sent text message (August 9) What shocking news have you learned recently?Read more ›
For some reason I thought this book would be much bigger - a normal-sized journal. I had intended to paste a Christmas card from the person who bought it for me on the inside cover. But I had to laugh at that idea when it arrived - it's a stout, stubby little book, would be pocket-sized if it weren't so thick, and this dramatically reduces the amount of space there is on the page to write. I already knew I'd have trouble fitting my thoughts into a few lines given a *regular* size page, but with these miniature pages it's going to be a real challenge to condense my answers to be able to fit!
Still, I love the concept, the questions, the overall look of the book, and the gilded pages. Shiny! Can't wait to get started.
On one of our vacations, my wife and I came across these in a bookstore. My wife had always been a "journal-er" so to speak. But like most, she has stopped and started over the years across many journals. Sometimes she would write a ton, sometimes she would write three words. I tried but had far less success than she ever did.
This is why these are perfect. Each page corresponds to a day in the year and has spaces for an entry for 5 years on the same prompt, or question. As an example; "What about today would you like to remember?" or "How could today have been better?". The benefits are two-fold. It will allow you to track yourself over the years in responding to the same question. For my wife and I, it allows us a chance to peek in on each other and lets us see our shared experiences through each others eyes. This can be a very valuable exercise.
I travel a significant amount for work and my version is a bit beat up. But it will not wear any worse than any other hardcover book. I have also purchased additional ones for when we run through the 5 years...just in case they are not around in the future.
This is one of the smallest things I have ever bought that have had a significant impact on my life. It has earned every single star of the 5.
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