Thursday, February 23, 2012

Read, Remember, Recommend

My great-aunt Linda just gave me this amazing book, perfect for me, and I know I must share it with the rest of you!

This is an amazing reading journal that I am so happy to have been given! Now, for those of you who are not familiar with reading journals let me explain exactly what this is for:
Every time you pick up a book you are embarking on a journey, one you may want to remember for the rest of your life. However, for those of us that read avidly, this is sometimes a problem. I know I have read books that were so incredible at the time, and I wish I had baught a copy of them, but 10 years later I cannot remember the title or even author of the wonderful work. A few years ago I was part of a reading group that recommended their members write down each book they read so that at the end of the month we would have a list to look back at while talking about them. At the end of December I found the journal, BookLust, which had pages open for notes on each of the books I read. This book is what inspired me to begin this blog as a way of not only keeping up with the books I read, but also to share them with my friends.

Now, I have found this new journal, and let me tell you it is an amazing aid for anyone wanting to keep track of the books they have read, or want to read. Included in this book are lists of books that have won prizes (such as the Pulitzer) as well as ones from notable book clubs (such as The Oprah Winfrey Show: Oprah's Book Club). With these lists you can mark off which books you own, which ones you have read, which you want to read, and if you would recommend them to others.

Then of course it provides empty "To Read" lists for you to fill in yourself, followed by a section of journal pages for you to keep notes on the books as you read them.

This is followed by a "Recommendations" section for you to write down the book, author, and who you would recommend it to. Just in case you are like me and forget completely that you read this awesome book and wanted a friend to read it too.

Then, and this is one of my favorite sections, you have a "Loaner List" where you can write down all the books you have lent out and to whom, along with all the books you have borrowed from others! Perfect for someone like me who has large numbers of both floating around.

And finally you have your resources including websites for book awards, blogs, and book clubs. Along with a complete list of all the titles and authors mentioned in the book.

Already I have begun filling in some of the lists in this book. And I look forward to getting to utilize the resoucres and journal pages provided. I would highly recomend that everyone consider either purchasing this book, or any of the number like it available, or creating your own in a composition book. It is great for keeping track of all the endless wonders you find in the pages of books you have read.

Thank you Aunt Linda for giving this to me!!!

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