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Reading Journal: For Book Lovers Diary – March 30, 2010
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Most pages include spaces to record the following:
Title, Author, Date Published, Category (Fiction, Non-Fiction, etc.), Date Started, Date Finished, Rating (0-5 Stars), "Inspired me to learn about these subjects", all followed by a full page for "Notes".
Some pages have, at the bottom, little quotes from famous authors about reading and books.
Dotted along throughout the journal are places to fill in fun information. These include, but are not strictly limited to:
~A 2-page spread about your "Biblio Style", including favorite authors, favorite books, favorite places to read, favorite genres, etc.
~A page to show, basically, what kind of books are currently on your book shelves.
~A page to fill in authors that have most influenced you.
~"Reading Trees", to track how reading one book influenced you to read another book.
~A page to make your own little award ceremony for books.
~Literary face-offs, where you check who you like the best from lists of authors and literary characters.
~A favorite quotes page.
~Two page spread concerning books being turned into movies.
I really like the expansive list that it offers of "must read" books, and find the "borrowing and lending records" in the back to be quite handy as I always seem to be handing books out to people and then forgetting where they went.
Honestly, after buying this particular reading journal, I can't imagine myself returning to a different design.
Oh, and for the record, there is another journal, I think it's called "Bibliophile", which has the same interior, in case you happen to like the outside of that one better!
I bought The Book Lover's Journal, which I like better than this one, for my annual reading log. I plan on using this book to record my favorite books I am reading.
Hardcover journals - about 7 x 5 inches.
Goes right into journal pages:
Category with Check Boxes for Fiction, NonFiction, Memoir, Bio, Other
Date Started and Date Finished
Rating with five stars to shade in
Inspired Me to Learn about These Subjects
on right side of book - page for notes
Random pages to fill in throughout the book:
(These have a more artsy feel to them and look completely different than the other pages, but same color scheme.)
Shelf Life - shading in the amount of each genre that occupies your book shelf
My Biblio Brain - Image of Head and Brain with areas to fill in with authors that have most influenced you
Reading Trees - you fill in books and follow the arrows to other boxes and answer questions about how that book affected reading choices and such (hard to explain)
Literary Superlatives - Fill in section with info about characters most like you, places in books you'd most want to visit, etc. (about 15 of these)
Literary Face-Offs - Where you choose which book beats another
Books on Screen section
about 20 pages of book lists to check off, including my now-dreaded Modern Library Top 100 list ;)
My List of Books to Read
Borrowing and Loaning Records
Book Source Address Book
If you read under 40 books a year, I think this journal would work well for you. If you read more, I don't think it is enough.