In the last few weeks I’ve sort of become obsessed with journaling. So I’m at a crossroads in my life. In many ways I’ve adapted to the digital life. I use Goodreads and Storygraph to track what I’m reading. I have used Ravelry to track my knitting projects. I’ve tried and failed at a variety of ways to record daily events in an electronic format (i.e. blogging on various sites). Ultimately what I’ve decided is that there IS benefit to digitally recording what’s going on, but sometimes I also want to record it in an analog fashion. Here are two use cases.
A few years ago I decided to limit my use of Ravelry. I used to track each and every knitting and spinning project I do there, as it has a rich database that links to patterns, yarns, techniques and more. I could add pictures and it was a highly efficient way to track what I was making (and refer back to it in case I wanted to see what I did, how I did, when I did it, etc.) For the last few years, I’ve tried and failed to set up many systems (both digital and analog) and the problem is that none of them do it as well as Ravelry did. But then I saw this Instagram reel:
And I thought, hey I have a MILLION notebooks (have you seen how many notebooks I’ve reviewed), I HAVE to be able to come up with something good. I bought a mini printer (Polaroid Hi Print – reviews forthcoming) and I’m running with it. I hope to share the journal soon.
Next up to tackle was reading. While I do use a few sites to digitally track what I’m reading, what I’m missing is a way to write about what I’ve read, to process what I think. Less of a public review for prospective readers and more of a way to record how the book made me feel, what it made me think about, etc. I don’t necessarily envision this as a complete tracking of what I’ve read (let’s face it – beach reads often need no further thought), but more a memory of the books I loved or hated. Again, I have a million notebooks and ideas on how to start this – I just need to take the plunge.
Now let’s get to the point of this post: the Giveaway. In mulling over the options, I went out and looked at journals specifically designed for tracking your reads. And I really liked what I saw of the Mark’s Edit Reading Notebook ($28.50 from Jetpens). This notebook seems like the perfect mix of structured information (the data points), and free form sections for you to write down whatever you’re thinking. It has room for:
- 71 book journal entries
- 16 dot grid pages for whatever you want!
- A Favorite Books section
- A Book Stores section
- Expenses section with room to record 100 book purchases – you may not want to know (I’d skip this section)
- An Aphorisms section for remembering 10 favorite quotes.
- A Fold-out book log for charting out your reading accomplishments over a 12-month period.
This is a slim, hardback volume with a fabric cover, measuring roughly 5.2″ x 7.6″ (13.3 cm x 19.2 cm). The end pages are a plain black and the inside title page allows you to add the dates it covers. The pages themselves are white, featuring a variety of lined and dot grid sections. The whole book is 88 sheets and the paper is advertised as fountain pen friendly. (Note – I did not test the paper since this is a giveaway!)
Are you a reader? Would you like to win this Reading Journal to kick off your 2024 year in books? If so, keep going to find out how to enter!
You are entering the giveaway to win:
- A Mark’s Edit Reading Notebook ($28.50 from Jetpens)
- A few sweets and a note from me!
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