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.



Reading Journal

Dear Fellow Journaler,

     Can reading a book change your life?

     We, who love to read, write about our favorites, share our books at book clubs and with friends, and who have stacks of UN-read books agree wholeheartedly. That’s where the idea of a Reading Journal came from, at least for me. I met a lady at a book club who told me that after reading a book she would rate it and write a review. In a way, this exercise became her journal.

For the past couple of years I’ve been writing about this type of journal and I have to admit that of all the journals I’ve written this is one of my favorites. Because “my nose is always in a book” I write in it constantly.Every year I participate in the Good Read Reading Challenge. Even though I set my own goals (25-50) and my own genre I always find it interesting at the end of the year to review which books I really liked. This year I read books written by favorite authors and serials by I also read some that I discovered on Book TV. Among those were a couple of political ones and some interesting biographies.

When you’re hunting for the next big read in your life where do you go? When faced with this dilemma I sometimes remember a tv show called The Twilight Zone. One episode stands out of a timid bank clerk who loved to read so much that he almost lost his job and his marriage. He used to take his books to the bank vault to read during his lunch break. You will have to look the episode up on u-tube – it’s called “Time Enough At Last”. My sources are: Bargain Booksey, Over Drive, Book Bub, Book TV, Free Kindle Books, NoveList, Hoopla, Libby, digital, and my local library’s blog.

Where will your next reading adventure take you?



Books on Creativity

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Fill in the blanks: “The more you read, the more things you’ll know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll ______.”

As you know, I’m a fan of Good Reads so when I want to research the topic Creativity I did find quite a few for you to check out. Here’s the link!

Happy reading!



Quote Journal sources

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Along with Bartlett’s, there are a number of sites that will help you either start or fill in quotes for your journal. Here are a few I have used:

I always start with search engines like Bing or Google


Brainy Quote

The Quote Garden

Motivational and inspirational quotes (


‘Til next time,


Changing Direction

” To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.”

  • Stephen R. Covey

~ “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.


Dear Fellow Journalers,

The month of September is the month of being open to change. Some people cannot deal with change. They obstinately dig in their heels and loudly demand that everything remain the same. Duh?? Not happen’!

Things change everyday. The key to dealing with change is to be open to it. Change your perceptions of the “thing” and you would be amazed at what happens.

Over the summer, I decided to change some things in my life. I made subtle changes to this blog (Have you noticed?). I had been attending a Book Chat Program at my local library. The group of 10+ women meet once a month to discuss a book we have read concerning the pre-determined theme. I had long wanted to join a book club and jumped at the chance to learn more about books, authors etc. While I keep journals, I never kept a journal of the books I have read (other than on Good Reads). I began reading some of the recommended books of my new friends and became interested in other genre. Change is good and, yes, I have a new journal!

If you want to change direction in your life you may need GPS. Wishing is nice but the real change takes work. Your GPS can be friends, family, bloggers, (couldn’t resist!) and others who share your interests. My advice is to take on one thing at a time or you risk becoming overwhelmed or discouraged.

What direction are you going in?


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