Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Book Journaling

I can't take credit for this one. Admittedly, I've learned a lot from UK beauty blogger Tanya Burr. More than just showing us how to apply winged eyeliner perfectly, Tanya has a knack for helping us enrich our lives. Whether by sharing old recipes or methods of dealing with chronic anxiety, she always finds a method to keep it fresh, keep it simple, and keep her followers interested.

One of Tanya's New Year's resolutions is to book journal. As an avid reader, she likes to keep track of what she's read and how she felt about it. I think this is a great idea. For writers who read (and you should be reading!), this covers two importances:

1. Remembering what you've read; and
2. Training yourself to REVIEW.

If you're a published author, you know the importance of reviews. How meaningful they are--even the bad ones! So, why not keep a book journal and not only jot down thoughts about the novel in your own personal notebook, but also transfer your review to Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.? Win win.

Here's what I've read so far this year:

The Gifting, The Awakening, and The Gathering by K.E. Ganshert

Wrong by Jana Aston

I recorded these finished books in my book journal, then wrote what I thought--an honest review. Then, I popped those reviews on Amazon & Goodreads. It's a great feeling to leave feedback for an author who's worked hard to give the world his or her finished baby.

What do you plan to read this year?

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,


1 comment

Andrew Leon said...

I use my blog as my book journal, I suppose, and I always post the reviews to the appropriate places.

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