Book Lovers Journal

Dear Fellow Journalers,

J.K.Rowling wrote “I do believe something magical can happen when you read a good book.” I have always been a reader. When I was a youngster, my favorite place to read was a tree in our backyard. As I grew up, I read fairy tales, adventure stories, biographies, and historical fiction. In my bookcase Nancy Drew mysteries share spaces with Murder She Wrote books, Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie, Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Diaries, various westerners, and oh yes, some religious, craft and teacher manuals as well.

Books have always been a gateway for me to travel to distant lands, form pictures in my head and lead me on adventures to the Revolutionary War, a prairie in Wyoming or a tea party with Jane Austen.

It wasn’t until I started journaling that I became aware of my literary journey that went way beyond those composition book reports we wrote in school. We’ve all been there when we close the final sentence in a book, heave a sigh and exclaim “now that was a great book!”

All the pages of your book journal should feature the book title, author, publisher, page content, other books to read by the author, your rating, notes. For purposes here I have divided the genres into the following categories with possible prompts/questions: classic, modern, romance, sci-to, horror, mystery, self-help, my favorites, book club, and TBR.

Some questions for Classic literature:

  • Describe the setting and time period.
  • What character (real or imagined) was the most important to the Story?
  • What was the conflict?
  • What was your favorite part of the story?
  • How did you feel about the ending?

Modern stories:

  • Did the Story reflect on your own life?
  • Could the Story actually happen?

Romance stories:

  • Could you tell from the title what the Story was about?
  • How realistic was the Story?
  • Describe the characters. Was the relationship a “good fit”?
  • Was there a “happily ever after”ending?

Sci-fi stories:

  • What prompted you to read the book?Do
  • Did you like the Story?
  • Could this book be made into a movie?

Horror stories:

(Disclaimer-not my favorite genre in book form, tv, or movie!! In fact, Silence of the lambs (a book and a movie) gave me nightmares for weeks!

  • Were you on the edge of your seat?
  • Did you finish the book?
  • Was there a hero?
  • How did the book make you feel?

Mystery stories:

  • How intriguing was the plot?
  • We’re the characters “real” to you?
  • Was there a villain?
  • Did you solve the crime early?

Self-Help books:

  • Why did you buy this book and did it help you?
  • Have you applied any principals or advice from the book to your life?

Favorite stories:

Title, genre, &Times read

Favorite authors – genre, #of books read, favorite one

Books that changed my life – title, author, genre, why and what are your favorite things about the book?

Quotes – title, author, page #

Book Club

  • Books to read
  • Meeting times and notes

TBR (this category tends to take up many pages)

~~~~and as they say, “that’s all folks!”

 

~Sallie

 

 

Where do you find your next book?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

It occurred to me this week while I was reading the last few pages of my latest read “The British are Coming” by Rick Atkinson, that my book challenge on Good Reads was coming to an end. My list of titles this year was eclectic to say the least: 8 true stories, 3 Cozy Mysteries, 6 Fiction, 3Self-Help, 1Western among others.

I bet your list of read books is about the same as mine. I also can attest to the fact that my TBR (to be read) pile of books has grown also. So I thought I’d take a look at our Reading Journal and bring you an update on articles I have found over the year.

Where do you find your next great read?

According to a recent library article there are (believe it or not) somewhere between 600,000 and 100,000 books published every year in the US alone.Now, if you were to purchase all your favorites from B & N ( Barnes & Noble) you’d be feeding an expensive hobby. Luckily your local library has come to your rescue. Most libraries in the US belong to a consortium which means if they don’t have the latest “xxyy” title, they will check the other 30 or so libraries in the group. There are also hold systems, so you  can get your hands on “xxyy” eventually. Also, have you checked your library book sales?

If you have a Kindle or other e-reader you can download. books from apps like OverDrive, Amazon, Libby, or RBDigital. If your community has a used book or Thrift Store, you will find books of all kinds at the fraction of the original cost. Lastly, you can start  a book swap with friends.

One of the ways that I have kept prices down are to keep a wish list of books on my Amazon wish list. Once a month I check the prices against my library catalog and other apps. When the price point is close to my comfort level, I buy it or borrow it if I can.

What have you read lately?

~Sallie

An interview with John Grisham

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I always find it interesting to read about authors and their perspectives. Here is John Grisham…

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Long Story Short with John Grisham
By Emma Cubellis|September 13, 2019

When describing your identity, does the word “reader” find a place on that list? Ours, too. Which is why we’re so fascinated by the reading habits, histories, and preferences of other readers. Long Story Short offers a glimpse into authors’ lives as readers — from the people who helped them fall in love with reading to their all-time favorite books. Read on for this week’s installment of Long Story Short with bestselling author John Grisham, whose new book, The Guardians, hits shelves October 15.

  1. The person who helped me fall in love with reading was: my mother. She did not like television, so I grew up in a home filled with library books.

  2. One book I love to give as a gift is: Okay this might sound a bit self-centered, but I kept about 100 first editions of A Time to Kill. They are quite rare. Once or twice a year I give one as a gift.

  3. If I could write like one other author, it’d be John Steinbeck, my all-time favorite because: he wrote about the little guy, and he did so with such clarity.

  4. One book I think deserves more attention is The Little Drummer Girl by John le Carré because: I love the book, and it had a profound impact on me as a writer, and it is still timely.

  5. The friends I always turn to for reading recommendations is Talmage Boston because: he’s a lawyer/writer in Dallas and reads everything. And my wife, Renee. We compare notes on books everyday.

  6. If I’m not enjoying a book, I put it down — too many books, too little time. I will give any book I start 50 pages to hold my attention. Sometimes 100. After that, I will happily toss it and pick up the next one in my pile.

  7. One book that absolutely shocked me was American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins because: I just read an advanced copy. The book will be published in January. It is the astonishing story of a mother and child fleeing Mexico and trying to get to the border.

  8. My favorite place to read is: On the porch, in the summer, with coffee in the morning and wine in the afternoon.

  9. If I could only read one book for the rest of my life, it’d be: Why would I want to do that?

  10. The book I’m currently reading is: The Border by Don Winslow, and the aforementioned American Dirt, and Race Against Time by Jerry Mitchell.

Courtesy of BookBub

 

Sallie

Revisit Reading Journals

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I thought I’d revisit some old journals that we have talked about in the past. One of the most read series of posts has been the Reading Journal.While much can be said the idea of a Reading Challenge caught my eye. Our local library sponsored a Summer Reading Challenge for adults and children this year and I thought I would share some of the book themes they suggested. This challenge is not so much as how many books you read ( Good Reads) but in what types.

  • Read a book with more than 500 pages.
  • Read a genre you don’t usually read.
  • Read a book published from a decade before you were born.
  • Read a non-fiction book about science.
  • ‘re-read a book you read in high school.
  • Read a travel book.
  • Read a book with a type of food in its title.
  • Read a book with a decorative cover.
  • Read a poetry book
  • Listen to audio book.

~Sallie

Book Shelves Galore!

Dear Fellow Journalers,

As many of you know, I am a crafter. When I see an article or Pinterest post about organizing crafts I get very excited. But when I see an article about book shelves well that’s a different Story!

~Sallie

I thought you might like this article I found on BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/blog/2016/12/28/organized-bookshelves-for-new-years-resolutions

 

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