Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Book Journal

There are several book journals out there, but I've found one that I believe to be one of the more, if not the most, complete and user friendly. It's simply called, "The Book Journal: Your Reading Adventure" by James Laymond Publishing.

One of the first things that I found useful (very useful) was the do-it-myself Table of Contents. That's where I write down the title of a book and the page number of The Book Journal where I put my entry about it. So if I want to find my notes/entry about "The Last Hybrid: Bloodline of Angels" by Lee Wilson, I can quickly find it and remember that detail that I had forgotten or the observations I had about the title.

The book provides two pages for each entry, providing basic information-gathering areas such as the title, genre, setting, year written, publisher, main & minor characters and other books by the author. Then it has you rate the book based on several areas such as writing quality, pace, plot, character development, and others before finally having me rate the book over all. Then it provides a full page for me to make whatever notes and critiques that I wish. It's an eye-opening, self-exploratory adventure.

It also has a section for those of us in book groups, allowing me to keep track of the books read by the group, things said in our meeting, my notes from meetings and other details including a calendar for meetings.

The book also has a section of books I've lent out to people (the book calls this section "My Lent List" which I think is cute). This is helpful because often times people will borrow a book from me and forget to ever return it. Then one day I go looking for a certain book but can't remember that I loaned it out or to whom I loaned it. So it's extremely helpful.

The Book Journal also has a list entitled "My Favorite Books," "My Wish List" and a couple other nifty areas you'll discover when you make it yours. It's a helpful journal for avid readers and I think would make an excellent Christmas or birthday gift for people on your list who like to read, are students, teachers, etc.

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