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

 

 

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

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?

~Sallie

 

Summer Bucket List and Reading List

Dear Fellow Journalers,

It’s May in New England! Finally “Mother Nature” has un-clenched her tight rein on winter weather and released warmer temperatures, beautiful flowers and longer hours of Sun. In my “neck of the woods” our furnace was still on a few days ago.

With all this talk of warmer days, I started thinking about a Summer Bucket List.  What did I want to do? Did I want to travel ? So, I dug out my Bucket List Journal and decided to add some things to do in the coming summer months. I’ll be sharing some of these with you over the coming months and of course, if YOU want to add some of your own ideas please let me know.

One thing I intend to do also is to read more books. I found a fan fiction site a few weeks ago ( something I never knew existed) and have become addicted. I really need to get back to my favorite  novels. My picks for summer reading will be included in future posts. So, sit back, grab a cold beverage and dream!

 

~Sallie

Covers

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Here are a few Reading Journal covers that I have come across.

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